Changing Workforce / Industrial Robotics

What happens when factory robots are freed from their cages

Source: The Washington Post

Apr 14, 2015

Swiss manufacturer ABB says it has installed about 250,000 robots worldwide. The vast majority have been locked in factory cages for security purposes. It hasn’t been safe for robotic arms to be flailing around near precious humans.

But that’s all changing now, and the implications could be big. On Monday, ABB introduced YuMi, a robot with as many as 30 sensors that detect whether a human is nearby.

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