Yumi Collaborative Robot features, uses, types and advantages

YuMi is one of ABB’s most innovative robots, It can work closely with humans on the same assembly tasks, It can work in many real-world types of collaborative assembly with a tracker screen that allows you to follow along and count the number of parts, The robot is very accurate & has a small payload, it is designed to take small parts & place them in a precise location.

YuMi collaborative robot

It is officially launched in September 2014, It is the beginning of a new era in robotics, The name YuMi stands for You & Me, YuMi is the first collaborative dual-arm robot, It is designed to work side by side and integrated with humans, It is ideal for small parts assembly, this robot features lead-through programming, designed to reduce the need for specialized training for operators, It is extremely safe & very accurate.

The main specifications of YuMi: Payload is 0.5 kg (1.1 lbs) per arm, Reach is 559 mm (22.1 in), Accuracy is 0.02 mm (0.0008 in), Weight is 38 kg (83.8 lbs), IP Protection is IP 30, Small footprint, 7-axis dexterity, Very lightweight manipulator, Mounting in any position, Integrated gripper with vision and vacuum, “Best-in-class” safety design, and it has high speed.

ABB has announced a new version of the YuMi cobot, now with only one arm, in a move to reduce the robot’s footprint, The single-arm YuMi has the same safety features, precision and ease-of-use as dual-arm YuMi, adding that it weighs less than 10 kg & has seven-axis dexterity, its compactness will enable it to be more easily integrated into existing assembly lines.

The 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 the electronics assembly application, The single-arm YuMi features the same intuitive, easy-to-use lead through programming as the dual-arm YuMi, So, even workers without specialized training can set up & operate the robot.

The single-arm YuMi robot offers high flexibility that can help manufacturers in many industries, with shortages of skilled workers, It removes entry barriers for many new potential robot users, particularly small and medium enterprises which are the backbone of many economies, Like the dual-arm version, the single-arm YuMi can work safely next to human operators, and it can be mounted on floors, tables, walls or ceilings.

YuMi collaborative robot advantages

YuMi is a collaborative, dual-arm parts assembly robot that has flexible hands, camera-based part location & advanced robot control, It can collaborate with humans in a normal manufacturing environment enabling the companies to get out the best of both humans & robots, YuMi has inherently safe rating, So, it can work alongside humans without posing any risk whatsoever to their safety.

YuMi can handle anything from a watch to a tablet PC, It is designed to be ‘inherently safe’ even when contact occurs, The soft padded dual arms ensure the complete safety of the robot’s co-workers, and collaboration between humans & robots creates jobs as the countries with the largest installed base of robots have the lowest unemployment rates.

YuMi has a vision system, dexterous grippers, sensitive force control feedback, flexible software and built-in safety features that collectively allow for programming through teaching rather than coding, YuMi is called a job-creation machine because working together, people & robots are more productive, It is a much-anticipated addition to the ‘factory of the future, enabling the customers to grow in the age of mass customization.

ABB offers gripper options for YuMi, all grippers are designed to grasp parts using a parallel grip and/or by using suction cups, some grippers may come with an embedded vision system, ABB will be selling its Yumi at around $40,000 USD, The robot looks pretty cool & works well, YuMi is a two-armed cobot ideal for assembly or picking tasks.

You can work with YuMi & learn how to program it, YuMi is compact with human dimensions & human movements, which makes co-workers feel safe and comfortable, The robot is used around electronic assembly applications, YuMi has a unique design that allows close collaboration between humans and robots—without cages or fences—to maximize the potential of both and boost productivity to new levels.

The robot is completely safe for people to interact with, It is the first industrial robot to be certified as safe, The soft padded dual arms combined with force-sensing technologies guarantee the complete safety of YuMi’s colleagues, YuMi collaborative robot increases flexibility to help meet high mix, low volume production in short cycles.

Although YuMi was designed to meet the production of the consumer electronics industry, it can be used in any small parts assembly application due to its dual arms with flexible hands, a feeding system, and that give it the ability to see and feel, YuMi collaborative robot has controlling hardware & software integrated into its body, and you can plug it into standard household electrical power.

YuMi collaborative robot is 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, It removes the barriers to collaboration, The robot’s versatility means that the YuMi family of robots can be combined in many ways.

With the simple human touch, the robot will stop what is doing within milliseconds, No fencing, no light curtains, no safety systems necessary, because all of YuMi’s safety devices are built into the robot, It has the advanced ABB IRC5 controller, TrueMove and QuickMove technology, I/O interfaces come with Ethernet IP, Profibus, USB ports, DeviceNet, communication port, emergency stop and air-to-hands.

YuMi can work with many HMI devices such as tablets and smartphones, Its servo grippers, or hands, have the option of built-in camera, the padding on the arm makes it soft to touch, YuMi collaborative robot is quickly & easily installed on the production line to work hand-in-hand with a human colleague, It can be taught a process by being physically guided through it, eliminating the need for complex, time-consuming code-based instruction.

YuMi collaborative robot connects to the growing Industrial Internet of devices, utilizing data-driven analytics to improve the performance, reliability and lifetime of hardware and processes, Collaborative robots can add flexibility to assembly processes that need to make small lots of highly individualized products.

YuMi can perform the motions required in Small Parts Assembly within a very small space while maintaining a human-like reach, This is critical to minimizing the footprint on the factory floor and makes it possible to install YuMi into the workstations currently used only by humans.

YuMi is a friendly robot with breakthrough functionality designed to unlock vast global additional automation potential in the industry, It is the smallest & most agile collaborative robot yet, making it easier than ever to put into production, The new 7-axis opens up a world of flexible possibilities, a single-arm and a dual-arm YuMi could be combined to add a parts feed or inspection station to an assembly cell, Three or five YuMi arms in the application can improve the productivity.

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