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ABB introduces YuMi, world’s first truly collaborative dual arm robot

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article image German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi meet YuMi at Hannover Messe

Hannover Messe, the world’s leading trade fair for industrial technology, witnessed the formal launch of YuMi, the world’s first truly collaborative dual-arm industrial robot by ABB .

Representing another step in ABB’s Next Level strategy aimed at accelerating sustainable value creation, YuMi marks a new era of robotic co-workers. ABB CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer explains that YuMi makes collaboration between humans and robots a reality, adding that the robot is the result of years of research and development, and will change the way humans and robots interact.

Mr Spiesshofer also commented that YuMi was an element of ABB’s Internet of Things, Services and People strategy creating an automated future together.

Beginning in 1974 when ABB introduced the world’s first microprocessor controlled, all-electric industrial robot and kick-started the modern robotics revolution, the company today, has an installed base of more than 250,000 robots worldwide. With YuMi’s development, ABB is once again pushing the boundaries of robotic automation by fundamentally expanding the types of industrial processes that can be automated with robots.

Small parts assembly is one production arena that is changing rapidly, especially in the electronics industry, which has seen demand for products skyrocket past the supply of skilled labour. As conventional assembly methods diminish in value, manufacturers are finding it strategically and economically imperative to invest in new solutions.

While YuMi is specifically designed to meet the flexible and agile production needs of the consumer electronics industry, it has equal application in any small parts assembly environment thanks to its dual arms, flexible hands, universal parts feeding system, camera-based part location, lead-through programming, and state-of-the-art precise motion control.

Key features and benefits of YuMi industrial robots include inherently safe design allowing operation in close proximity to humans; lightweight yet rigid magnesium skeleton covered with a floating plastic casing wrapped in soft padding to absorb impacts; compact design with human dimensions and human movements increasing comfort factor for human co-workers; ability to sense an unexpected impact such as a collision with a co-worker, pausing its motion within milliseconds; and absence of pinch points to prevent harm during opening and closing of axes.

YuMi has won the prestigious Red Dot ‘best of the best’ design award.

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