ABB’s YuMi® first robot ever to be short-listed for prestigious design award from INDEX: Design to Improve Life®

2017-06-16 - Copenhagen, Denmark (June 16, 2017) – ABB is honored to be a finalist for the prestigious INDEX: Award 2017 for YuMi, the world’s first truly collaborative dual arm robot. INDEX: Award is a Danish non-profit organization which inspires, educates and engages people to design sustainable solutions to global challenges.

YuMi, which stands for “You and Me, working together”, has been nominated in the Work category. This category comprises all designs related to work, such as work tools, manufacturing machines, aids and communications, architecture and interior design, control, and management systems. It also comprises services for work environments and strategies for issues related to this, as well as strategies for organizational and managerial development.

The world’s first truly collaborative, industrial robot, YuMi is able to safely work side-by-side with people on shared tasks, without the need for protective cages or barriers. With seven degrees of freedom in each arm, YuMi is able to manipulate and assemble small parts with great accuracy and adapts easily to human work spaces. This versatility, combined with its ease of programming, makes YuMi particularly suitable for supporting the smaller batches and higher product variations characteristic of electronics manufacturing.

Further information on the INDEX: Design to Improve Life®
INDEX: Design to Improve Life® was established by the Danish Ministry of Business in 2001 with unique design ambitions. Design is no longer just about fashion or furniture, it’s a powerful tool that can improve lives, solve challenges and help secure a more sustainable future. Our activities in education, investment and of course the INDEX: Award are focused on design that benefits humanity – what we call ‘Design to Improve Life’. Our ‘Design to Improve Life’ philosophy is our way of advancing the democratic and human-centered design traditions of Denmark.

Further information for editors:
ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a pioneering technology leader in electrification products, robotics and motion, industrial automation and power grids, serving customers in utilities, industry and transport & infrastructure globally. Continuing more than a 125-year history of innovation, ABB today is writing the future of industrial digitalization and driving the Energy and Fourth Industrial Revolutions. ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 132,000 employees.

ABB Robotics is a leading supplier of industrial robots - also providing robot software, peripheral equipment, modular manufacturing cells, and service for tasks such as welding, handling, assembly, painting and finishing, picking, packing, palletizing, and machine tending. Key markets include automotive, plastics, metal fabrication, foundry, electronics, machine tools, pharmaceutical, and food and beverage industries. A strong solutions focus helps manufacturers improve productivity, product quality, and worker safety. ABB has installed more than 300,000 robots worldwide.

YuMi, the world's first truly collaborative robot