World’s First Collaborative Dual Armed Industrial Robot Folds Paper Airplanes

By: | March 25th, 2016


YuMi (Image Courtesy

It’s hard to believe, but to date, most industrial robots have had only one arm. Now ABB Robotics has introduced YuMi, a collaborative, dual-arm small parts assembly robot. YuMi is designed with flexible hands, parts feeding systems, camera-based part location, and state-of-the-art robot controls.

YuMi will be showcased by ABB at Mach 2016, April 11-15, 2016 in Birmingham, UK.

Pushing the Boundaries of Industrial Automation

According to ABB:

“With the introduction of YuMi, the world’s first truly collaborative dual-arm industrial robot, ABB Robotics is once again pushing the boundaries of what robotic automation will look like in the future and how it will fundamentally alter the types of industrial processes that can be automated with robots.

A play on words, YuMi signifies “you” and “me” creating an automated future together. This groundbreaking solution is the result of years of research and development, heralding a new era of robotic coworkers that are able to work side-by-side on the same tasks as humans while still ensuring the safety of those around it.

Few production arenas are changing as quickly as small parts assembly. The electronics industry, in particular, has seen demand skyrocket past the supply of skilled labor. As conventional assembly methods diminish in value, manufacturers are finding it strategically and economically imperative to invest in new solutions.

While YuMi was specifically designed to meet the flexible and agile production needs required in the consumer electronics industry, it has equal application in any small parts assembly environment thanks to its dual arms, flexible hands, universal parts feeding system, camera-based part location, lead-through programming, and state-of-the-art precise motion control.”

Watch YuMi fold a paper airplane in the follow video:

Following is ABB Robotics introductory video for YuMi:

David Russell Schilling

David enjoys writing about high technology and its potential to make life better for all who inhabit planet earth.

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