YuMi® shares the spotlight with Malaysia’s Prime Minister

YAB Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad shakes hands with YuMi, the world’s first truly collaborative robot, at the inaugural Cities 4.0 & Business 4.0 International Conference and Exhibition.

YuMi, which stands for “’You and me, working together to create endless possibilities,” is a dual arm collaborative robot capable of safely working alongside people on shared tasks. This includes helping YAB Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Prime Minister of Malaysia, sign a scroll as part of the official opening of Cities 4.0 & Business 4.0 International Conference and Exhibition, a three-day discussion of urban facilities and smart cities.

YuMi demonstrated its dexterity through a combination of flexible movements and swift gestures to produce handwriting with a human touch. In manufacturing settings, the robot is used for small parts assembly applications such as finishing smart phones, packaging wrist watches, or handling the fine electronics that go into electric vehicles.

To underpin the conference’s focus on Business 4.0, YAB Tun Dr Mahathir was also presented with a portrait drawn by ABB’s IRB 120 robot-turned-artist. The IRB 120 is a lightweight, compact industrial robot used in applications that require high speed and accuracy, such as machine tending, foundries, clean room manufacturing and food processing.

“We are delighted to be able to participate in this event and provide everyone with a glimpse of the future, and the changing nature of how man and machine can work together,” said Jukka Poutanen, Managing Director, ABB Malaysia Sdn Bhd. “With products like YuMi we are delighted to be able to take Malaysia forward in its journey towards a new era of smart human-robot collaboration.”

Jointly organized by Human Life Advancement Foundation and Confexhub Group, the conference gathered professionals from Malaysia and across the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region to discuss practical frameworks and strategies to elevate digital adoption and the smart city concept.  

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