History & Milestones

Milestones in the development of the company


1976      Foundation of IAI in Japan as a robot systems house and automation consulting center in Shizuoka, Japan.
1981    Start of in-house production in the linear range and first independent sales of 4-axis sealing applications with IAI axes.
1986    Start of the IntelligentActuator product line as an independent brand name and complete in-house production of units.
1989    Foundation of IAI America, Inc. as a sales and service subsidiary in Los Angeles, USA.
1995    Foundation of IAI Industrieroboter GmbH as a sales and service subsidiary for Europe in Frankfurt, Germany.
1999    Market introduction of RoboCylinder electric cylinders as an alternative to conventional pneumatic cylinder.
2002    New product line: IX SCARA robots.
  • Linear motors and (LSA)
  • Tabletop robots (TT) added to the product line.
2008    Launch of the Green Automation communication strategy for the RC RoboCylinder™ product line in the Americas and Europe.
2009    Market launch of the new small Mini RoboCylinder.
2013    Foundation of the Southeast Asian sales company IAI Robot (Thailand) Co., Ltd. in Bangkok, Thailand.
2014    Launch of the RCD micro cylinder series.
  • Anniversary: 20 years of IAI Industrieroboter GmbH as the European headquarters in Germany.
  • New introduction of the RCP5 series of battery-less absolute encoders.
  • Launch of the second-generation TTA table-top robots and the IXP SCARA robot series.
2016    New introduction of the RCP6 and RCS4 series.
  • Market introduction of a new generation of servo presses.
  • Launch of the new red/black actuators under the name EleCylinder.
  • New introduction of a robotic wrist unit for Cartesian robots.
2019    New electric grippers: a two-point solenoid gripper for small part assembly and a RCP6 long-stroke gripper for large workpieces.
  • Launch of the compact RCON high-performance controller.
  • Significant expansion of the EleCylinder series with many new types.
  • Launch of the new IXA high-performance SCARA robot.
2021   New fast ISB long-stroke slider type actuators.
2022    Market introduction of R-Unit (RCON, REC, RSEL), the new generation of IAI controllers.

New IFA belt-driven actuators with long strokes.