03 June 2016

AME invests in collaborative robot technology

Graduate engineers at the Institute for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering (AME) will be among the first in the UK to be trained on the latest robotic technology.

The UK’s first ‘Faculty on the Factory Floor’ – a joint collaboration between Unipart Manufacturing and Coventry University – has invested more than £50,000 into purchasing ABB’s YuMi, a small parts assembly robot that can work collaboratively in the same environment as people.

Each of the 60 students will receive over 25 hours training on it, as well as participating in real life R&D projects, including teaching the robot to complete lightweight assembly work for electronics and automotive components.

Andy Hind, AME advanced manufacturing engineering manager, said: “YuMi is a vision of the future and has the potential to change the way we think about assembly automation… it’s fantastic that we are one of the first organisations in the UK to implement it in our course and in the wider Unipart Manufacturing operation.

“It is one of the most advanced collaborative robots on the market, offering, dual arm, flexible hands, camera-based part location and state-of-the-art robot control.”

Carl Perrin, director of AME, added: “There has been a lot of talk about robots taking people’s jobs, but we don’t believe this. They will be an important element of manufacturing going forward, delivering new solutions and improving productivity.

“The UK has to be investing in robots like YuMi and ensuring the next generation of engineers is being given the chance to learn on them and then apply that knowledge to real applications.

“We’re already doing this with a fully integrated ABB robot cell, but our investment in the collaborative robot marks the next step forward for us.”

Ian Vallely

Supporting Information


This material is protected by MA Business copyright
See Terms and Conditions.
One-off usage is permitted but bulk copying is not.
For multiple copies contact the sales team.

Do you have any comments about this article?

Add your comments




Your comments/feedback may be edited prior to publishing. Not all entries will be published.
Please view our Terms and Conditions before leaving a comment.

Related Articles

68 MCMT apprentices available

Nearly 70 apprenticeships are up for grabs later this month as a Shropshire ...

AME director at Subcon

The director of the Institute for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering (AME) ...

Need for STEAM

GT Motorsport star Christian Engelhart raced into Coventry recently with a ...

MMS: A show of strength

A bold new age in best practice beckons this November with the launch of the ...

Apprenticeship Levy

George Osborne announced the introduction of an apprenticeship levy for British ...

Bentley apprenticeships

Bentley Motors has seized the initiative with local colleges to ensure its ...

Pharmaserve's Emma flying

One of the stars of our new superhero campaign is Emma Jones, production ...

Not all apprenticeships equal

Heather Gallagher, Competence & Development Specialist at Atlas Copco UK & ...

Shop Talk

WM's Shop Talk gets under the skin of the men and women on the frontline of UK ...

Shop Talk

WM's Shop Talk gets under the skin of the men and women on the frontline of UK ...