Where full automation is not economically feasible or humans are still a necessary part of the manufacturing process, there is an option where you get the best of both worlds. Collaborative robots were created to fill the void that industrial robots simply cannot fulfill - to be positioned in environments alongside human operators where a person's safety is not strictly determined by separation via guarding.
With the collaborative movement gaining momentum, the robotics division of ABB set forth to further push the envelop. They have achieved this with both their YuMi and soon-to-be-released One-Armed YuMi robots.
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