ABB IRB 14000 YuMi Use-Cases

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  • Best-in-class safety among all cobots on the market thanks to its low arm weight, low payload, rounded design with soft padding, and superior motion control collision detection​.
  • Highest safe working speed (1.5m/s TCP speed) among all cobots thanks to its inherent safety.
  • Compact package with two arms and integrated controller​.

ABB YuMi helps achieve batch size one in electronics manufacturing

Problem

GLAUB Automation & Engineering GmbH needed to automate the labor-intensive assembly of electronic components to circuit boards, called Through-Hole Technology (THT).

Solution

ABB’s YuMi can work alongside human workers to precisely fit components into boards with a high degree of accuracy.

Outcome

The solution created by ABB and GLAUB can be implemented with a relatively low initial investment and will pay for itself within twelve months for a three-shift operation. Find more information here.

ABB YuMi takes over laborious manual tasks from laborary team

Problem

As pressure grows across the healthcare sector, from vaccine development and testing through to patient care, the search for new ways to utilize robotic automation to fill gaps in production capacity and staff availability has intensified. Manually handling the samples and performing the same movements for hours on end was putting stress on the wrists and shoulders of our laboratory operatives.

Solution

Yumi scans several thousands of test tubes in front of a scanner and unscrews the lids of the tubes. The team did not have to change anything in their setup when switching from the manual labor to the cobot.

Outcome

When we got the collaborative robot up and running, we noticed very quickly that the work environment was very positively affected and that we saved the strain on our wrists. In addition, time was freed up so that we could change our flows and have greater efficiency in the business. The amount of samples scanned almost doubled. Find more information here.

ABB YuMi tests and assembles drives

Problem

The assembly of ABB VFDs has historically been a manual, highly repetitive and physically arduous process, with a production line of operators fastening and wiring the intricate components of each drive. Facing increasing production demands in an unusually tight labor market, in 2018 ABB plant engineers began to investigate the possibilities for automation.

Solution

A vision system starts the post-test process to identify the specific unit, recording the information and interfacing with the test data. The scan also determines the size of the drive, informing YuMi how to locate the 27 screws on the front of the drive to loosen them and de-mount the test equipment automatically.

Outcome

1) The system consistency is the primary benefit. 2) Overall quality improvements have resulted in less scrap. Find more information here.