industrial robots star in the final climactic scene of the new movie
Terminator Salvation, in which Christian Bale faces an army of
Terminators. Filmed in a converted power plant in
Alburquerque in the summer of 2008, twelve ABB IRB 6620s and
six ABB IRB 1600s are arranged to look like an endless manufacturing
line (with some help from special effects) that comprise the setting
for the final scene.
ABB Field Service Engineer Erik Ryskamp, with periodic support
from additional ABB technicians, spent 10 weeks during that summer on
set, installing, programming and operating the robots. An ABB
IRC5 controller was provided with every robot to facilitate the precise
programming required for the various scenes
IRB 6620 robots, co-developed with
automotive manufacturers, are one of the biggest and strongest of ABB's
product line, capable of
handling a payload of 150 kg with an arm reach of 2.2 m.
robots, smaller than the 6620, can handle a payload
up to 8.5 kg with an arm reach of 1.45 m.
Jaffe Entertainment, a product placement firm, had initially
contacted ABB and other robotic manufacturers to investigate the
possibility of using their robots and to review their individual
product lines. According to ABB, Academy Award winning set director
Victor Zolfo and
production designer Martin Laing were most intrigued by ABB's product
offering, and began working with ABB Robotics Vice President of
Marketing Ted Wodoslawsky to work out the details and select the robot
models that would best fit the role.
It seems robots have make-up artists as well--many of the robots
were covered with black soot to appear as if they had been rigorously
used in dingy conditions. According to ABB, all the robots
returned and have been prepared
for future (less glamorous) roles in real-life
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