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New Cobots Offer Higher Payloads, Speeds

March 9, 2021
Two new units are designed for intuitive programming so operations that have low levels of automation will be able to activate the cobot within minutes of installation, with no specialized training.

ABB ROBOTICS is expanding its collaborative robot portfolio with the new GoFa and SWIFTI cobot families, offering higher payloads and speeds, to complement its established YuMi® and single arm YuMi cobot. These stronger, faster and more capable cobots will accelerate the company’s expansion in high-growth segments including electronics, healthcare, consumer goods, logistics and food and beverage, among others, meeting the growing demand for automation across multiple industries. 

GoFa and SWIFTI are intuitively designed so customers need not rely on in-house programming specialists. This will unlock industries that have low levels of automation, with customers able to operate their cobot within minutes of installation, straight out of the box, with no specialized training.

“Our new cobot portfolio is the most diverse on the market, offering the potential to transform workplaces and help our customers achieve new levels of operational performance and growth,” stated Sami Atiya, president of ABB’s Robotics & Discrete Automation Business Area.  “They are easy to use and configure and backed by our global network of on-call, on-line service experts to ensure that businesses of all sizes and new sectors of the economy, far beyond manufacturing, can embrace robots for the first time.”

ABB’s cobot portfolio expansion is engineered to help existing and new robot users accelerate automation amid four key megatrends including individualized consumers, labor shortages, digitalization and uncertainty that are transforming business and driving automation into new sectors of the economy.  The expansion follows the business area’s focus on high-growth segments through portfolio innovation, helping to drive profitable growth.  

GoFa and SWIFTI are engineered to help businesses automate processes to assist workers with material handling, machine tending, component assembly, and packaging in manufacturing, medical laboratories, logistics hubs and warehouses, workshops, and small production facilities.

Users comfortable with operating a tablet or smartphone will be able to program and re-program the new cobots with ease, using ABB’s fast set-up tools.

“With this expansion, we are making cobots easier to use and deploy, with real-time support to help speed their adoption in businesses that may have not considered their use previously,” Atiya said.  “Our experience is that the best performing operations harness people’s skills, alongside the potential of new technologies.”  Learn more at