ABB unveils YuMi®, the first truly collaborative robot, to the Czech Republic

Prague, September 14, 2015 – YuMi heralds a new era of robotic coworkers that are able to work collaboratively on the same tasks with humans while still ensuring the safety of those around it.

ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, today introduced YuMi, the world’s first truly collaborative dual-arm industrial robot, to the Czech Republic for the first time following its successful market introduction at the Hannover Messe trade fair in April 2015. YuMi also forms part of ABB’s Next Level strategy for profitable growth in innovative small parts assembly applications.

In 1974, ABB introduced the world’s first microprocessor controlled, all-electric industrial robot and kick-started the modern robotics revolution. ABB now has an installed base of more than 250,000 robots worldwide. With YuMi, ABB is once again pushing the boundaries of robotic automation by fundamentally expanding the types of industrial processes which can be automated with robots.

“We are excited about the new possibilities afforded by the introduction of YuMi in the Czech Republic. Uniquely designed to replicate human attributes, YuMi is a game-changing innovation that provides a complete solution for the automation of small parts assembly particularly in the electronics industry, one of the key sectors of the Czech economy says Hannu Kasi, Managing Director, ABB Czech Republic. By presenting YuMi, ABB again sets a new standard in robotic automation by considerably extending the range of industrial processes which can be automated using robots.

Together with YuMi, ABB is presenting a wide range of other cutting-edge technologies and new automation and robotics products.

ABB’s European Welding and Cutting Application Center, which began operations in the Czech Republic in 2011, will present laser welding, laser cutting, and spot and arc welding technologies. The Center focuses on applied development, manufacturing and testing of both standardized welding cells and comprehensive turnkey systems. Its offer is complemented by welding and cutting know-how, and the development and manufacturing of special positioning devices to complement ABB’s standard portfolio.

Another exhibit will be the “Chocolate factory”, featuring our newest small industrial robot IRB 1200. The IRB 1200 is the result of extensive research into the needs of consumers from various industries. The robot offers ease of control, quick operation and a compact design. It can handle material and control machinery operations, as well as be used on assembly lines or in machining centers. The exposition also includes the Manage Your Robot exhibit, which presents ABB Robotics’ advanced tools to enable to control robots in compliance with Industry 4.0.

At ABB’s stand no. 16 in hall G2, visitors can also see the NXR motor, an example of new generation ABB LAC motors, as well as ACS355 Solar, an innovative solution which uses solar power to reliable pump water during sunny days. ABB will also present MACHsense, a diagnostics solution, and ABB Jokab Safety, a solution for manufacturing machinery safety.

The trade fair also offers an interesting accompanying program full of expert conferences, seminars and workshops, dealing with technical, commercial and business topics. ABB is the main partner of the seminar “Maintenance as a Valuable Tool”, held on September 17th, with ABB experts debating about ABB service and product lifecycle, the prediction and timely detection of defects in industrial robots using the “REMOTE SERVICE”, but also generally about the benefits of service prediction in automation using the ServisPro tool. The conference “Power for Future XVI.”, held on September 15th, will feature ABB’s presentation on further development in electric motor efficiency according to the EU MEPS, which has recently taken effect.

With annual attendance of more than 1,500 exhibitors and 80,000 visitors, the International Engineering Fair is one of the most important industrial trade fairs in Central Europe, with 35 percent of exhibitors and 10 percent of visitors coming from abroad. This year, the trade fair takes place from September 14th till 18th, offering a survey of the most interesting achievements in all key areas of engineering and power engineering industries. For more information about the International Engineering Fair, browse to ABB website here, for information about YuMi, click here here.

ABB ( is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility, industry, and transport and infrastructure customers to improve their performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in roughly 100 countries and employs about 140,000 people. In the Czech Republic, ABB operates in 8 locations, has 7 manufacturing plants, 4 R&D centres and provides complex services. ABB Czech Republic employs more than 3,400 people.

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