Unveiling ABB’s YuMi System Robot at Sheridan

December 14, 2015

On December 14th, 2015 Mayor Linda Jeffrey participated in the unveiling and showcase of ABB’s YuMi robot at Sheridan’s Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Design Technologies (CAMDT) at the Davis Campus in Brampton. Sheridan is the first post-secondary institution in Canada to have the YuMi system available in a teaching environment.

What is YuMi?
YuMi is the world’s first truly collaborative, dual arm, Small Parts Assembly robot, able to work side-by-side on the same tasks as humans while ensuring the safety of those around it. YuMi represents a major gain in advanced manufacturing, showcasing how the robot’s abilities can combine with human intelligence and adaptability to create a more effective manufacturing process. YuMi includes flexible hands, parts feeding systems, camera-based part location and state-of-the-art robot control.

The acquisition of YuMi is part of Sheridan’s ongoing educational collaboration with ABB. YuMi will be integrated into Sheridan’s Engineering curriculum as a game-changing new tool to teach students, industry and community business partners about Human-Robot Interaction. Working closely with ABB, students will interact with YuMi as part of their research and capstone projects with industry partners.

“The addition of YuMi to our ABB Robotics Centre, together with our existing Product Innovation Centre, is a great example of our communities of expertise at work,” said Dr. Jeff Zabudsky, Sheridan’s President and CEO. “We are grateful that our industry partnerships are allowing us to bring together the ideas, experience and infrastructure needed to become a true technology hub and resource for the manufacturing sector in Peel and Halton regions.”

ABB and Sheridan’s partnership was originally announced in June of 2014, which led to the creation of the new Robotics Centre in CAMDT. The ABB Robotics Centre allows both students and industry partners to gain training in applications that include robotic welding, picking, packing and palletizing, machine tending, material handling and product assembly, and advanced vision-related programming. ABB also teams up with Sheridan in applied research initiatives through the Centre, providing consulting and training to third-party industry partners who wish to engage with CAMDT on robotics projects. Using the highly specialized equipment, multidisciplinary teams can come together to solve advanced technical challenges that enrich the community as a whole.

ABB’s Robotics division, with over 188 employees, located in Brampton, offers a complete capability in robotics solutions – including robots and controllers, application equipment and software, standardized manufacturing cells, and global service and support – and supports its customers with manufacturing facilities in Asia, Europe and North America, and dedicated sales and service operations in more than 45 countries.

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