Join this presentation to learn about new and emerging industry consensus standards for collaborative and mobile robots that are evolving to accommodate greater and greater levels of safety in the workplace.
There has been significant safety standards developments in the robotics industry to support new technologies. For industrial collaborative and mobile robots there is still ongoing work that is defining safety protocols as these technologies emerge.
There are several new and updated industry consensus standards - ANSI/RIA R15.06 and ISO 10218 have both defined safety protocols surrounding the use of collaborative robots, and ISO/TS 15066 addresses standard safety procedures when installing a collaborative robot system utilizing power and force limiting features. There is ongoing work on a new standard, R15.08, covering industrial mobile robot safety.
Collaborative robots are intended to share workspaces with human workers and are built to be a much safer partner than an industrial robot. A common misconception is that collaborative robots are safe right out of the box, but this may not be the case due to other safety hazards that may be present. The proper application of risk reduction measures is necessary to provide a safe working environment for employees.
- See an overview of current U.S. (ANSI) standards addressing safety of industrial robots
- Discover insights on the developing RIA R15.08 - industrial mobile robots
- Understand the harmonization between (U.S./Canada) and European (ISO) approaches
- Gain a better understanding of human/robot interactions
Mark Nehrkorn is the Director of RCC Safety at SICK Product & Competence Center Americas based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He holds a B.S. degree in Engineering Management from DeVry and has over 32 years of controls and automation experience including 27 years of machine safety experience. He is an active member of several ANSI technical safety standard committees. Mr. Nehrkorn is a TÜV certified Functional Safety Expert (TÜV Rheinland, #281/17, Machinery).