Meet YuMi: The dual-arm industrial robot
With the introduction of the dual-arm industrial robot named YuMi, ABB, Switzerland-headquartered power and automation technology group, aims at revolutionising the use of robots in small-and-medium-sized enterprises. The company believes this robot will herald a new era of robotic co-workers that are able to work collaboratively on the same tasks with humans while still ensuring the safety of those around it.
According to ABB CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer, “YuMi makes collaboration between humans and robots a reality. It is the result of years of research and development, and will change the way humans and robots interact. YuMi is an element of our Internet of Things, Services and People strategy creating an automated future together.”
YuMi, which was unveiled at the Hannover Messe last year, has dual arms, flexible hands, universal parts feeding system, camera-based part location, lead-through programming, and state-of-the-art precise motion control.
On February 13, Prime Minister Narendra Modi met YuMi at the ‘Make in India’ event in Mumbai. The robot has been designed to work side-by-side with humans while ensuring safety of those around it. It has a lightweight yet rigid magnesium skeleton covered with a floating plastic casing wrapped in soft padding to absorb impacts.