New Collaborative Robot Technical Specification Safety Standard: ISO TS 15066:2016 For Robots & Robotic Devices – Collaborative Robots

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Published on February 15th, 2016, the ISO/TS 15066 Technical Specification document provides safety requirements for collaborative industrial robot systems where a robot system and people share the same workspace.

What the Technical Specification Covers:

  • Collaborative Industrial Robot System Design (including Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment)
  • Requirements for Collaborative Robot System Applications (including Control System, Workspace, Robot Operation, Transitions between Collaborative and Non-Collaborative, Collaborative Operations)
  • Verification & Validation
  • Information for Use (specific to Collaborative Robot Operation, System, Workplace Application & Task, Power & Force Limiting Applications)
  • How to establish threshold limit values on the collaborative robot system, particularly on power and force limiting applications
 

ISO/TS 15066 provides safety requirements for collaborative industrial robot systems. Effective use of TS 15066 assumes that the robot system under consideration is in compliance with Part 1 and Part 2 of ISO 10218:2011.

WHAT ARE COLLABORATIVE ROBOTS

Collaborative robots refers to the repetitive performance of robots when combined with the individual skills and ability of people. In collaborative robot operations, while power to the robot’s actuators is available, operators can work within a collaborative workspace either in close proximity to the robot system or in physical contact with it. By leveraging the capability of people to solve imprecise exercises combined with the precision, power and endurance of robots, collaborative robots offer advantages and expanded capabilities in the workplace.


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