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Amended First Law of Robotics: more frozen yogurt

Yaskawa Motoman partners with Robofusion to deliver Reis and Irvy’s Frozen Yogurt factory robotic kiosks.


How--about--a--frozen--yogurt--bub? Yaskawa and Robofusion can make that happen with their new interactive robotic kiosks.

Dayton, OH—Yaskawa Motoman, a leading industrial robot manufacturer, and Robofusion, Inc., a leader in interactive robotic kiosks, have entered into a partnership to market Reis and Irvy’s Frozen Yogurt Factory kiosks. Reis and Irvy’s is the world’s first and only robotic frozen yogurt kiosk line.

“Robofusion is the forefront of robotics for retail. We have been working with Yaskawa Motoman for months to make the Reis and Irvy’s Frozen Yogurt Factory a reality,” states Robofusion co-founder and chief executive officer Allan Jones. “Utilizing Motoman’s state-of-the-art SDA5 robot allowed us to jointly create one of the most fascinating robotic kiosks ever built.”

Using an SDA5 Motoman robot, Yaskawa's partnership with Robofusion has delivered frozen yogurt factory kiosks.

Introduced at the 2012 Pack Expo in Chicago this past October, users interacted with Reis and Irvy’s Frozen Yogurt Factory by selecting up to two flavors of yogurt and two toppings—from a choice of four yogurt flavors and 10 toppings—choosing a robotic character, and then having a Motoman SDA5 robot, a.k.a. “Cid”, artfully deliver the order in a souvenir cup.

Motoman SDA-series robots provide the reach, payload, speed, performance and flexibility required to perform a myriad of assembly, handling, machine tending packaging and part transfer applications that formerly could only be done by people. SDA robots feature 15 axes of motion (seven axes per arm, plus a single axis for base rotation), and are available with five-, 10- and 20-kg payloads.

Reis & Irvy’s Frozen Yogurt Factory is a brand of robotic kiosks from Robofusion.

About Motoman Robotics Division

Founded in 1989, the Motoman Robotics division of Yaskawa America, Inc. is a leading robotics company in the Americas. With over 250,000 Motoman robots installed globally, Yaskawa provides automation products and solutions for virtually every industry and robotic application; including arc welding, assembly, coating, dispensing, material handling, material cutting, material removal, packaging, palletizing and spot welding. For more information www.motoman.com or call 937-847-6200.

About Robofusion

Robofusion, Inc. is a leader in interactive robotic kiosks. For more information, visit www.robofusion.com or call 1-888-974-4442.