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Hall Automation

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Hall Automation of Watford, maker of robots

1974 Business established in a small factory leased to Douglas Hall by Pye[1]; the first robot was built for paint spraying

1977 BOC purchased 30 percent of the company as part of a joint endeavour to develop robots for welding

New factory established in Watford

1979 BOC sold its stake and GEC acquired the company

1980 Claimed to be Europe's largest maker of industrial robots[2]

1981 Queens Award for Technology[3]. Douglas Hall was managing director. The company supplied robots to BL and Ford for use in paint shops[4].

1981 Douglas Hall left the company.

1981 Became part of GEC-FAST

By the end of the year was making 20 robots/week[5]

1982 The Watford factory was closed and the work transferred to Rugby - see GEC Robot Systems. GEC's strategy for robots concentrated on licencing Japanese and other robots.

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Sources of Information

  1. New Scientist 17 Feb 1983
  2. The Times, Mar 28, 1980
  3. The Times Apr 21, 1981
  4. The Times, May 20, 1981
  5. The Times, Dec 15, 1981