Originally launched in 2015 to assist workers in lightweight assembly tasks, ABB’s collaborative YuMi® robot has gone on to blaze a trail in a raft of diverse applications and industries, opening new opportunities and helping to fire people’s imaginations about what can be achieved with robotic automation.
With its ergonomic design, padded arms and motion control software, YuMi® can be installed in workstations alongside people working collaboratively on tasks that previously would have required safety barriers or cages.
While setting the standard for safety in collaborative applications YuMi® has also played a key role in enhancing productivity and quality on production lines worldwide, from assembling electronics and electrical components to sorting candy in confectionery factories.
“Five years ago our vision for YuMi® was to set a new standard for collaborative robotics, creating a robot able to work hand-in-hand with humans without further protective measures or barriers, while being simple to install and operate,” said Sami Atiya, President of ABB’s Robotics and Discrete Automation business area. “YuMi® has proved to be incredibly popular, creating a new category for small, collaborative robots for material handling and assembly and inspection, while broadening the appeal of collaborative robots in an expanding range of applications, from manufacturing to healthcare and beyond.”
YuMi® has lead robots out from behind the barriers and is looking forward to a bright future of human-robot collaboration. For more about YuMi®, visit the ABB website here.