ABB Australia introduces the YuMi, described as the future of human-robot collaboration. YuMi is an innovative human-friendly dual arm robot incorporating truly collaborative functionality that promises to unlock the vast global automation potential in industry.
Short for ‘you and me’, YuMi is designed for a new era of automation to meet the flexible and agile production needs of the consumer electronics industry. Suitable for instance, for small parts assembly, the robotic innovation will progressively be rolled out to cover other market sectors.
YuMi is a collaborative, dual arm assembly solution with the ability to feel and see. The robot’s soft, padded dual arms, combined with innovative force-sensing technology ensure the safety of YuMi’s human co-workers. Safety is built into the functionality of the robot itself so that it can work cage-free.
YuMi delivers accurate performance in everything it handles from the delicate and precise parts of a mechanical wristwatch to the components used in mobile phones, tablets and desktop PCs.
According to Pekka Tiitinen, head of the Discrete Automation and Motion division, YuMi will change many of mankind’s assumptions about manufacturing and industrial processes by opening up endless possibilities in industrial automation.
Per Vegard Nerseth, head of ABB’s global Robotics business adds that the name, YuMi reflects the true spirit of human-machine collaboration with humans and robots sharing tasks side by side in ways not imagined previously.
YuMi will be commercially launched on April 13, 2015 at the Hannover Messe in Germany, the world’s largest industrial technology fair.