ABB YuMi Industrial Robots

ABBs North American operations are headquartered in Cary, North Carolina, and employ about 30,000 people in multiple manufacturing, service and other major facilities. ABB is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility, industry, and transport and infrastructure customers to improve performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 145,000 people.

ABB has unveiled the worlds first truly collaborative robot:ABBYuMi industrial robots will be the first of its kind. ABBYuMi industrial robots are human-friendly dual arm robots designed for a new era of automation which can be used in small parts assembly applications, where people and robots work hand-in-hand on the same tasks. YuMi is short for you and me, working together.

ABB YuMi Industrial Robots have been developed to meet the flexible and agile production needs of the consumer electronics industry in the first instance. It will increasingly be rolled out to cover other market sectors. ABB YuMi industrial robots are a collaborative, dual arm assembly solution with the ability to feel and see. The robots soft, padded dual arms, combined with innovative force-sensing technology ensure the safety of YuMis human co-workers. Safety is built into the functionality of the robot itself so that it can work cage-free.Capable of handling everything from the delicate and precise parts of a mechanical wristwatch to the components used in mobile phones, tablets and desktop PCs, YuMi performs with accuracy so great it can thread a needle. YuMi is going to change many of mankinds assumptions about manufacturing and industrial processes, said Pekka Tiitinen, head of the Discrete Automation and Motion division, Yumi will open endless possibilities. We are at the start of a very exciting new era for industrial automation.

Per Vegard Nerseth, head of ABBs global Robotics business, added: Naming this robot YuMi reflects the true spirit of human – machine collaboration humans and robots sharing tasks side by side in ways we could never have imagined previously.

ABB YuMi Industrial Robots will be commercially launched on April 13, 2015, atthe worlds largest industrial technology fair.To learn more about ABB YuMi industrial robots, please visit the ABB Website. To request ABB repair and/or replacement quotes, contact Precision Electric, Inc.


ABB Energy Saving Solutions

Nearly 70 percent of all industrial electrical energy use goes to powering electric motors. These motors are the workhorses of business, from pumps moving fluids to fans moving air to compressors, conveyors, and every type of machine that depends on rotational force to get its job done. More than 90 percent of industrial motors either cannot adjust their power consumption or use very crude methods to do so. Many always run at full speed, regardless of the actual output needed. In many applications, energy use can be cut to one- eighth just by reducing the motor speed by half.The most immediate, cost-effective and practical way to address the energy challenge is to grasp the opportunities for energy reduction that come from using energy more efficiently with available and proven technology. ABB energy saving solutions includes a variety of products and services. ABBs drives, motors and other technologies can help lower energy use by reducing power consumption and losses, improving productivity or through better management of equipment.

ABB energy saving solutions face today’s industry and commerce energy challenges. Pressures to reduce energy consumption, lower carbon dioxide emissions and provide secure power supplies are coming from governments, consumers, legislators and shareholders. All of these pressures are against a background of ever-rising energy prices and the dramatic effects climate change is having on the environment. As a result, industry and their consumers are demanding ever more energy-efficient products. ABB energy saving solutions consist of low voltage AC drives (variable frequency drives) and DC drives. AC and DC Drives are designed to run electric motors based on the processes current demands rather than running them at full speed and reducing output using mechanical controls like throttles, dampers or gears.

Drives reduce the output of an application, such as a pump or a fan, by controlling the speed of the motor, ensuring it runs no faster than it needs. Many motors are oversized to cope with a maximum demand that rarely or never occurs. The drive brings the motor speed down to match the actual demand needed by the application. This often cuts energy consumption by 50 percent and in extreme cases by as much as 90 percent.

When other control methods are used, such as dampers, vanes or valves, the motor runs at full speed and the flow of the output is mechanically restricted. For instance, the flow through a pipeline may be reduced by a valve. This is wasteful, because the motor keeps running at its nominal speed regardless of the demand. The pump delivers maximum output and the excess is reduced at the valve, where the surplus energy is wasted through friction.

The energy saving potential in industries and utilities is enormous just in motor-driven applications alone: hundreds of millions of electric motors driving machines, compressors, fans, pumps or conveyors in virtually every sector account for about 70 percent of all the electricity that industry uses. In addition to the energy savings, the drive delivers accurate control and less mechanical wear, reducing maintenance and extending the life expectancy of the system. ABBs product range, from 0.18 kW to 72 MW, is the widest available from any manufacturer, offering drives for every need. ABB energy saving solutions are easy to control and quantify. Many of ABBs drives have built-in energy calculators to monitor energy consumption and savings in kilowatt hours, local currencies and carbon dioxide reductions. The drives built-in energy calculators show actual results that can be used as a basis for future energy saving projects.

To learn more about ABB energy saving solutions, visit the ABB Website. For ABB saving solutions, ABB drive repair, or ABB drive replacement quotes, contact Precision Electric, Inc.