ABB and Kawasaki Heavy Industries have announced a collaboration on ‘cobots’ and common industry approaches to safety, programming and communications.
The two global industrial automation and robot suppliers will join hands to share knowledge and promote the benefits of collaborative robots, in particular those with dual arm designs.
Considered to be the world’s first collab on ‘cobots,’ both companies will continue to independently manufacture and market their own offerings while working together on joint technical and awareness opportunities.
According to ABB, collaborative automation allows people and robots to each contribute their unique strengths to industry on a whole – people with their process knowledge, insight and improvisation for change; robots with their tireless endurance for repetitive tasks.
The cooperation also represents a collaboration across borders, with ABB as Europe’s largest robot supplier and Kawasaki one of Asia’s industrial giants:
“The scale and pace of change in the robotics industry today is unimaginable,” said Per Vegard Nerseth, Managing Director of ABB’s Robotics business. “Beyond the technologies behind collaborative automation, there is also a need for innovative new ways of working together and creating common industry approaches to safety, programming and communications.”
“Collaborative robots, especially those with two arms capable of human interactions, can greatly contribute to society and help the world cope with labor shortages and an aging workforce. We see high potential in expanding collaborative applications and processes where people and technology work together to create solutions,” said Yasuhiko Hashimoto, Managing Executive Officer and General Manager, Kawasaki Robot Division. “I’m very pleased that ABB and Kawasaki are joining forces to lead the drive for more user-friendly, advanced collaborative automation.”
ABB is recognized as a pioneer in collaborative automation through its YuMi dual arm robot, while Kawasaki offers a a unique and innovative Dual-Arm SCARA Robot called ‘duAro.’
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