Saturday, 21 May 2016

ISO standard for robots and robotic devices

A new ISO standard of interest has been issued. This is ISO/TS 15066:2016 Robots and robotic devices -- Collaborative robots.

Collaborative robotics is when automatically operated robot systems share the same workspace with humans. It therefore refers to a system or application rather than a particular type or brand of robot.

ISO/TS 15066 provides guidelines for the design and implementation of a collaborative workspace that reduces risks to people. It specifies:
  • Definitions
  • Important characteristics of safety control systems
  • Factors to be considered in the design of collaborative robot systems
  • Built-in safety-related systems and their effective use
  • Guidance on implementing the following collaborative techniques: safety-rated monitored stop; hand guiding; speed and separation monitoring; power and force limiting.

For further information, see ISO.

Posted by Dr. Tim Sandle

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