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Jan, 1978
By D. S. HALACY, JR. WHEN a clock manufacturer needed production line workers recently for a ticklish assembly job, he ordered them from a firm called U.S.I. Robodyne. The workers weighed a bit over 50 pounds, and the clockmaker didn't hire them—he bought them outright for about $2500.00. Slavery Involving midgets? No, these workers, each doing a man's or woman's job, are robots produced by the Robodyne Division of U. S. industries, Inc., at Silver Springs, Md. These "TransfeRobot 200" mechanical midgets, while not the first automated devices to displace human workers, are unique in some respects. First, they are not custom made, but are standard "off-the-shelf" items available immediately.