New standard means new robot safety measures and training

Jul 22, 2013

The American National Standards Institute approved a new standard for robot safety that states humans are safely able to work in close contact with robots, possibly even without the need for fixturing or positioners. This new standard means new robot safety measures and training will need to take place.


Recent­ly, the Amer­i­can Nation­al Stan­dards Insti­tute approved a new stan­dard for robot safe­ty. These new robot safe­ty mea­sures basi­cal­ly state that humans are safe­ly able to work in close con­tact with robots, pos­si­bly even with­out the need for fix­tur­ing or positioners.

This change in stan­dards may make man­u­fac­tur­ers think that robots pose no threat to their human work­ers. Think­ing of this nature would be a mis­take. When work­ing with robots, work­ers need to show con­stant vig­i­lance and fol­low all safe­ty stan­dards to stay safe from injury.

Accord­ing to a study by Milos Vasic and Aude Bil­lard that was pre­sent­ed at the 2013 IEEE Inter­na­tion­al Con­fer­ence on Robot­ics and Automa­tion, robots are able to move in a pow­er­ful and rapid motion through­out a large oper­a­tional space. While there are safe­guards in place like safe­ty fenc­ing, light cur­tains and pres­sur­ized mats, new robot safe­ty train­ing should be thor­ough­ly taught to all new work­ers, who may under­es­ti­mate the pow­er they are work­ing with.

Train­ing and under­stand­ing the robot are prob­a­bly the best tools that can be used for new robot­ic safe­ty mea­sures. Now that robots and humans are approved to work in clos­er con­tact than ever before, the robot pro­gram­mers, and oth­ers who work in close prox­im­i­ty with the robot are the once most eas­i­ly injured.

Let’s be clear – no robot is dan­ger­ous on its own. There aren’t robots sit­ting around man­u­fac­tur­ing lines plot­ting to injure and kill their co-work­ers. Work­ers tend to get too com­fort­able, or as said above, under­es­ti­mate the pow­er or reach of the robot. When this hap­pens, work­ers get injured, despite all the new robot safe­ty guards in place.

Robots​.com, a cer­ti­fied inte­gra­tor for robot­ic com­pa­nies like Fanuc, Motoman, ABB, Uni­ver­sal Robots, and KUKA, offers train­ing for up to three peo­ple on any sys­tem or robot­ic work­cell that is pur­chased from the com­pa­ny. Cus­tomers are free to come into the facil­i­ty and work with a Robots​.com tech­ni­cian, learn­ing all the ins and outs of the robots, along with all the safe­ty mea­sures when work­ing with the robot. The cus­tomers can then go back and train their employ­ees with the same new robot safe­ty stan­dards. Con­tact Robots​.com experts today online or at 8777626881.

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