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Robots and robot controller safety

03 November 2022

Industry is integrating increasing numbers of robots factory wide, and an ever-increasing number of manufacturing and logistics processes are now fully automated. The rise of human-robot collaboration is expanding.

To ensure reliable performance and safety, manufacturers, suppliers, integrators and operators must assess and validate robot compliance against a range of different standards, as well as consider application-specific requirements. At its core sits EN ISO 10218:2011 – “Robots and robotic devices – Safety requirements for industrial robots”, an international standard which covers the safety requirements for industrial robots.

Testing of industrial robots, their robotic systems and control systems should cover the following aspects:
• Heavy loads and high speeds
• Unexpected start-up or behaviour
• Collision with workpieces or the surroundings
• Ejecting workpiece items
• Presence of humans in the critical area

Working alongside humans
If wisely deployed, collaborative robots (cobots) can increase process efficiencies and product quality, as well as relieve humans from physically exhausting and repetitive work...

Read the full article in DPA's November issue

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