In addition to the collaborative robots already active in the production process, another three are in the installation phase: one being in the Fiat Automotive Pole Assembly unit in Betim (Brazil), for the preparation of windshield glass fixation, and two in the Body area, to assist in the assembly work of the side doors. “We have been testing YuMi, an ABB two arm collaborative robot, in our Lab2020 since February”, says Marcello. This model will work in the certification of the dimension of holes for the head of the motor, by means of an exact system of vision, with a precision of two hundredths of a millimeter. FCA is the first automobile industry in Latin America to receive this invention, baptized as YuMi for the combination of the words “you and me”.
Launched in 2015, the YuMi weighs 38 Kg and completely designed with human safety in mind. “In addition to having sensors that guarantee it to stop at the first contact with any human being without hurting it, it’s covered in rubber and its design has no points that can squeeze hands or fingers”, says the sales coordinator of ABB Robotics, Daniel of Faria Diniz. He says that the robot has a wide range of applications that can also be used in electronics, telephone, toys, hygiene and beauty, and even food industries.
Diniz points out that the programming of the YuMi is up to 70% faster than that of a non-collaborative robot, which allowed for greater agility in adapting the machine to the needs of FCA. Simple programming means that the robot can be relocated to any other function without delay. Speaking in such a manner it seems that it would take a large structure or a lot of resources to feed the robot, right? But it can be plugged into a 110 or 220 volt outlet. “Robust, the robot manages to work without taking breaks for 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” says Diniz.
To guarantee even more improvements in the processes, FCA already foresees new acquisitions of collaborative robots. “We are studying their use to help in the process of screwing, loading and unloading, assembly and fitting actions, inspection and measurement, adhesive application, riveting and polishing”, reveals Marucci. The future which was previously reserved for science fiction has arrived and you already live in it. Humans and robots are already working together in factories, to build even better products for you. Isn’t it fantastic?
Words: Bárbara Caldeira