The holidays are upon us, and GM production plants are taking their scheduled breaks from assembling the cars and trucks we all know and love. A few of GM’s 25,000 manufacturing robots are taking a hiatus from their daily welding, fastening, and painting to spread some holiday cheer and to pack and handle gifts.
As you watch the video, notice that Santa drives a 45th anniversary edition Camaro Convertible, with the vanity plate “Santa SS”:
GM got its start in the robotics industry in 1961, with “Father of Robotics” Joseph Engelberger when it implemented the first industrial robot used in a GM production plant. The automaker also played a critical role in maturing the automotive manufacturing robotics industry with the 1982 establishment of GMFanuc joint venture. Today, FANUC (as it’s called) is one of the largest producers of industrial robots in the world.
As far as automakers go, GM still leads the industry when it comes to developing and using commercial robotics in manufacturing processes. The General purchases and implements roughly 3,000 robots around the world each year.