Occupational Health & Safety Act created. R drafting started. Publication of ANSI/RIA R – R update started. A revision of ANSI R, this standard provides guidelines for the manufacture and integration of Industrial Robots and Robot Systems. Draft Covers Robot, System, Integration, User Requirements in One Standard.

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The new standard requires a risk assessment be accomplished when designing and integrating new robot systems and rria responsibilities for them. Jeff Fryman Robotic Industries Association. For several years now, I have been informing you of the progress in the revision of the International Standard for industrial robot safety, the ISO standards.

I am pleased, actually very pleased to announce that the ISO standard for the robot, and the ISO standard for the robot systems and integration were both published effective 1 July This is indeed a milestone accomplishment. A very dedicated group of international experts, robot, engineering and safety, have been meeting regularly since to produce this revision of the old standard. Speaking of the ISO team, they have not quit work, but have moved on to new deliverables for the safety of industrial robots.

I will be reporting on this work in the future. This means the basic language; the basic technical requirements are now set for the revised R Since 1r5.06 ISO standard only looks forward from the date of publication, the issues to be resolved by the R The unique requirements for the United States, mostly directed to the end user, must be added, and the added annexes updated. We are pleased to nasi that the R This globally harmonized document anssi differences between requirements in the U.


One document valid world-wide! The new standard will be significantly more r1.506 than the edition, and will introduce some exciting new technical capabilities for robots and robot systems that did not exist or were not feasible when the edition was written.

The document has been rewritten and reorganized, but all of the basic safety requirements from the R Currently compliant installations remain compliant with no need to make changes until you want to take advantage of new features, modify or move an existing cell. Everyone is anxious about change and wonders what the changes in the standard may be.

If I had to pick one notable change, it is about risk assessment.

ANSI/RIA R – Industrial Robots and Robot Systems – Safety Requirements

The new standard includes a lot more detail on what is expected in a risk assessment and what considerations need to be included.

This is a direct acknowledgement that it is not practical to offer prescribed safeguarding requirements for every possible robot system design in an industry standard.

Every work cell is different, and the detail requirements of the cell have to be individually reviewed. Through a comprehensive risk assessment, the proper safeguarding requirements can be determined and implemented to assure personnel safety in the work place. I will pick two significant items that I think will enhance worker productivity while still delivering a reliable level of safety for the system.

One is called safety-rated soft axis and space ira. This is the enabling technology for the other — collaborative robot operation.

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The safety-rated soft axis and space limiting allows positive control of the robot location and thus the safety for the worker. It allows areas in the robot restricted space to be designated inclusive or exclusive by limiting the motion of the robot.


The standard eliminated a feature called continuous attended operation. It was considered unsafe with the level of safety technology and sensors of the day. The last ten-plus years have seen a dramatic increase in safety technology, machine control and now safety-rated software.

I had the pleasure of assisting in demonstrating the collaborative robot operation concept at the RIA booth at the Automate show in Chicago last March. I hope that you had an opportunity to observe that.

In addition to improving productivity, the collaborative operation can save costs for fixtures. This is all impressive considering the improved level of safety provided to the worker at the same time. Want to learn more? We have a complete program that highlights important features and requirements in the new standard presented by some anei the key persons responsible for the new standard. More details on the conference, including sessions, tabletop trade fair, registration, hotel information and more, can be found at http: I hope to see you in Knoxville!

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