ABB’s YuMi Wins IERA Award at Automatica 2016

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July 05, 2016

MUNICH — ABB’s YuMi collaborative robot won the Invention and Entrepreneurship in Robotics and Automation (IERA) Award at Automatica 2016 here.

Per Vegard Nerseth, managing director of ABB Robotics, accepted the IERA award at the International Symposium of Robotics. The International Federation of Robotics and the IEEE Robotics & Automation Society (RAS) organized the forum.

Zurich-based ABB has described the two-armed YuMi as “the world’s first truly collaborative robot” because it can be used without safety cages, is easy to program, and can precisely manipulate and assemble small parts. The cobot’s name is derived from the slogan “You and me, working together.”

“We are pleased with the YuMi solution’s strong penetration in our targeted 3C [electronics] sector, but what is especially encouraging are all the completely new customers talking to us at Automatica about collaborative applications,” said Nerseth. “These emerging opportunities are at the heart of our ‘Next Level’ growth strategy.”

Specs for ABB’s YuMi
YuMi is a full-scale industrial collaborative robot, fully tested and accurate enough to thread a needle.

The robot includes flexible hands, parts-feeding systems, camera-based part location, and state-of-the-art controls, according to ABB.

The cobot has a compact frame and 14-axis agility, as well as a footprint of 399 mm (15.7 in.) by 497 mm (19.6 in.). YuMi is 571 mm (22.5 in.) high and weighs 38 kg (83.7 lb.).

All wiring and air go through the robot, which has a working range of 559 mm (22 in.).

In addition, ABB’s YuMi has servo grippers, including cameras and two vacuums. There is a lead-through program and vision-guided assembly with accuracy to 0.02 mm.

“YuMi is easy to use,” said Steve Wyatt, head of sales and marketing at ABB Robotics. “It targets also the needs of smaller or medium enterprises, as YuMi can be moved around. If there isn’t enough work for 24 hours a day, you can give it another task.”

“It is attractive to automotive, fabrics, and other industries,” he added. “It is so easy to program that...

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