Robot workforce to tackle risky tasks

ABB announced the global launch of YuMi
ABB announced the global launch of YuMi
  • ABB’s robot could eliminate the need for protective barriers or safety zones
  • The lightweight magnesium technology is offering a safer alternative to placing workers in high-risk zones

One of the world’s first truly collaborative robots has hit the local market.

Power and automation technology group ABB announced the global launch of YuMi at an industrial technology event in Germany last year, and now the lightweight magnesium technology is offering a safer alternative to placing workers in high-risk zones.

The robot has the ability to work side-by-side on the same tasks as humans while ensuring the safety of those around it – thereby eliminating the need for protective barriers or safety zones.

While YuMi is particularly suited for small parts assembly within the electronics industry, ABB Robotics business unit manager Peter Katsos said it’s expected to drive efficiencies across a wide range of industrial applications, including in the energy sector.