New robot safety standard introduces humans into loop

May 28, 2013

Robot safety standards are important in ensuring that all parties are kept safe in the automated work environment. The safety standards for automated systems are also constantly updated as technologies continue to update and create new solutions for robots and their workers.


While it was once thought that fix­tur­ing should be inte­grat­ed as a go-between for man and machine dur­ing auto­mat­ed robot process­es, that line of thought has been erad­i­cat­ed with the new nation­al robot safe­ty stan­dard by the Amer­i­can Nation­al Stan­dards Institute.

This is the first update for the stan­dard ANSI/RIA R15.06 – 2012 since 1999, and this change now har­mo­nizes it with Inter­na­tion­al ISO 10218:2011 stan­dard for robot man­u­fac­tur­ers and integrators.

The adop­tion of this stan­dard inter­na­tion­al­ly allows sys­tems designed and built in one coun­try to be moved freely between coun­tries with­out falling out of com­pli­ance with safe­ty regulations.

This new stan­dard fea­tures col­lab­o­ra­tive oper­a­tion,” a mea­sure that intro­duces a work­er into active inter­ac­tion dur­ing auto­mat­ic robot oper­a­tion. Now, sys­tems can be designed with the oper­a­tor direct­ly load­ing and unload­ing the robot, which elim­i­nates cost­ly fix­tures that were once the mid­dle­man between the oper­a­tor and the robot.

Anoth­er fea­ture is the safe­ty-rat­ed soft axis and space lim­it­ing” tech­nol­o­gy, which allows safe­ty-rat­ed soft­ware to con­trol the robot motion so the restrict­ed space is more flexible.

Case stud­ies demon­strate that fea­ture saves floor space and cost for sys­tem designs.

For more infor­ma­tion about automa­tion pos­si­bil­i­ties in your facil­i­ty and what Robots​.com can do for you, con­tact our sales depart­ment today online or at 8777626881.

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