In 1983 the
Ministry of International Trade and Industry initiated the "Advanced Robot"
project. Partners in this project were commercial companies such as Shinohara
Industries and Hishi, as well as the University of Tokyo. After many years of
development, Shinohara were the first company to produce a prototype Advanced
Robot, which eventually became the basis for Labors. In 1989 they revealed the
SIR-89, the first multi-purpose construction Labor. In 1990 as part of their
45th anniversary, they merged with the company Asuka Heavy Equipment and changed
their name to Shinohara Heavy Industries in order to conquer the Labor market.
By 1992 the first commercial construction Labor went on the market. Throughout
the next couple of years improvements to Labors were introduced to the initial
models such as auto balancers and Shinohara also cornered the market with Labor
In 1995, a devastating earthquake hit Tokyo, and Labors were in quite high
demand for re-contraction work. Other companies such as Hishi entered the Labor
market. In 1996 the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department (TMPD) established the
two divisions of the Special Vehicles Section 2 due to increasing Labor crime,
using the Asuka 96-MPL construction Labor as a Police Labor. In 1997 the first
military Labors appear. Also other countries join the Labor market with West
German manufacturer Schaft creating the Brocken Labor for the West German
By 1998 the massive Babylon Project is well underway in Tokyo Bay. The TMPD also
become the first Police Department to use a Labor specifically designed for Police use, the AV-98 Ingram,
manufactured and designed by Shinohara Heavy Industries. Soon over 8,000 Labors are
in operation in Japan alone. Apart from construction and military functions,
Labors are also used by fire departments, airlines and are in use in just about
every environment including undersea and even in space. There's even a
collectors market with luxury models are manufactured specifically for the rich.
In 1999, Shinohara release a new Labor Operating System, "Hyper Operating
System" or "HOS" for short.
Labor Terms and
Commonly refers to a large scale construction robot, most averaging 8
metres in height. While quite a lot of Labors are humanoid in form, a number of
Labors, particularly in the construction sector, are designed to suit the task.
Term for Police Labors. Often shortened to "Patlabor" or just "Pato",
which is also a term for Police cars in Japan. Police Labors, as you'd expect,
are specifically designed to combat Labor crime.
Advanced Vehicle (AV) Project
Shinohara Heavy Industries' ¥5.67
billion project to create a new generation Labor for police and military
needs. Out of the initial prototypes came the Ingram AV-98.
Labor software learns from the experience of the pilot. Therefore
every pilot has their own Movement Disk which records how the pilot operates the
Labor and the Labor's movement and makes piloting other Labors easier for the
pilot, as the disks and software are compatible with each Labor.
Labor Operating System
Shinohara Heavy Industries' original operating software for Labors.
Like a personal computer, Labors also require operating software. Like
Microsoft, they have cornered the market with this software.
Hyper Operating System (HOS)
A new version of Shinorara's Labor Operating System software,
introduced in 1999. It was deliberately infected with a virus by the main
programmer, Eiichi Hoba, which caused Labors to run amuck under certain
Neuron Network System
An advanced operating system in use with Shinohara's AV-0 Peacemaker
Asura Operating System
Schaft's exclusively designed operating system for the Griffin Labor.
Super Conductor Battery
Labors are equipped with small battery packs which are manufactured
out of superconductive
material which has zero electrical resistance which makes them highly efficient.
Prefect for powering a Labor. The only real problem with these kinds of
batteries is they do require constant refrigeration for them to work.
Super Conductor Linear Motor
Specifically designed for Labors, this high efficiency electric motor
produces a linear force along its length and is used high acceleration
A Labor's hydraulic system is used in conjunction with it's super
conductor linear motor.
Fiber Reinforced Plastic
A composite material comprising a polymer matrix reinforced with
fibres. Used for the bodies and cowling on some Labors.
On a Labor this usually is a combination of aluminium and steel.
Carbon Fiber Reinforced
Carbon fiber reinforced plastic is a very strong, light and expensive
composite material or fiber reinforced plastic. Similar to fiberglass.
Carbon Fiber Reinforced
This type of material has carbon fiber strengthened with metal
alloys. It is used a amour on military Labors, but the main disadvantage here is
it is quite heavy.
High Tension Fiber (HTF)
A high tensity textile fiber with elastic properties. It is used as a
light weight amour.
High Tension Steel
High tension steel has ten times the tensile strength of wood, and
more than twice that of mild steel and is mostly used in industrial Labors.
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