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
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
Terms and Glossary
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.
Operating System (LOS)
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.
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 conditions.
An advanced operating system in use with
Shinohara's AV-0 Peacemaker Patlabor.
Asura Operating System
Schaft's exclusively designed operating system
for the Griffin Labor.
Super Conductor Battery (SCB)
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 movements.
A Labor's hydraulic system is used in conjunction
with it's super conductor linear motor.
Reinforced Plastic (FRP)
A composite material comprising a polymer matrix
reinforced with fibres. Used for the bodies and cowling on
Reinforced Material (FRM)
On a Labor this usually is a combination of
aluminium and steel.
Fiber Reinforced Plastic
Carbon fiber reinforced plastic is a very strong,
light and expensive composite material or fiber reinforced
plastic. Similar to fiberglass.
Fiber Reinforced Material
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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