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Small Footprint Single-Arm Cobot

ABB offers its single-arm YuMi, the latest member of the YuMi family, weighing less than 10 kg and having 7-axis dexterity. The new single arm YuMi is ABB's most agile and compact robot and is designed to fit easily into existing production lines to increase flexibility while working safely alongside people. The new collaborative robot (cobot) is also one of the first of a new generation of robots from ABB to be built on a flexible new modular design platform that will allow a greater variety of robots and sizes, and more tailored solutions.

"In 2015 ABB introduced YuMi, the world's first truly collaborative robot," said a company spokesperson. As part of the connected "Factory of the Future," the YuMi family heralds a new era of robotic co-workers which are able to work side-by-side on the same tasks as humans while still ensuring the safety of those around it.

Today's manufacturers need flexible automation solutions to face challenges of high-mix, low-volume production in shorter cycles. "Like the dual-arm version, the single-arm YuMi can work safely next to human operators, while also offering a very small footprint and can be mounted on floors, tables, walls or ceilings," said the spokesperson. "This allows manufacturers to quickly and flexibly add collaborative applications to their production, with minimal interruption to existing operations."

"The YuMi family of robots can be combined in many ways," continued the spokesperson. For example, a single-arm YuMi robot can be used to feed parts to a dual-arm YuMi to speed up cycle time, or added as an extra arm to integrate a testing and inspection station into an electronics assembly application.

"The single-arm YuMi also features the same intuitive, easy-to-use lead through programming as the dual-arm YuMi, meaning even workers without specialized training can set up and operate the robot," continued the spokesperson. "Combining this simplicity with the robot's deployment flexibility can help manufacturers in many industries offset shortages of skilled workers. It also removes entry barriers for many new potential robot users, particularly small and medium enterprises which are the backbone of many economies."

For more information contact:

ABB Robotics, Inc.

1250 Brown Road

Auburn Hills, MI 48326


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