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Is there a specification on the which type of materials are approved for guarding panels around robot cells? We typically use polycarbonate material. Is perspex material acceptable?

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In an existing robotic cell (installed new in 2004), if one is not changing the function of the cell, just speeding up the robot motions to handle more infeed product, is a risk analysis required?

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The Introduction to R15.06-2012 states "installations changed subsequent to the publication of this edition are subject to the requirements of this edition". How is 'changed' defined in this context that would require updating to the 2012 standard?

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A robotics material handling system was quoted without barriers or electronic sensing devices on the conveyor infeed end. Barrier guarding is around 3 sides of the cell but there is nothing to keep someone from "surfing" the conveyor on the open end to the hazard. What section of R15.06-2012 can I cite to my management to justify the addition of a laser scanner or another ESPE somewhere along the conveyors to allow loading of pallets but not bodies?

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What are leading Risk Assessment Tools being used by Integrators?

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Looking for integrator in Cleveland, Ohio area for SCARA robot inspection / packing application

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I'm planning to get my Master degree in industrial design. Just wondering if my field of study is related enough to change my path to robotics later on? Thanks

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My husband owns an industrial system integration company in China. We are looking for a Germany industrial robot decelerators supplier to be our partner. Would appreciate if any of you could provide to me any supplier information and contacts.

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I have a question concerning a safety fence product. The Husky Wire and Rack, Machine Guarding / Matrix Guarding advertises that it is OHSA compliant. Is this product RIA compliant?

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I understand that under the 2012 standard, the risk assessment is mandatory. Is there a required or preferred methodology for the risk assessment? Can the integrator use the same methodology as before (1999)?

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What safety sign(s) are necessary on the access gates into the safeguarded area? Is there a code that spells out the elemants for this sign?

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Good Morning, I need a company that can help me with the development of an inspection quality system. Thank you

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Are there any machining or welding jobs available in the actual manufacturing of industrial robots? Is that work outsourced or done in house? How about non-destructive testing, do the manufacturers do that in house or is it done by 3rd party companies? I have been searching the web, but I don't see a lot of information about the role of traditional manufacturing and inspection processes in the robotics field. How are the robots that build things, themselves built? I am very curious about this, any links or information would be appreciated. Thanks.

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I have a machine where we use a KUKA robot to exchange a tape application heads from storage stands to the machine. This robot has the SafeOperation feature installed. Most of the cell has a hard guard except for an area between the cell and the machine, where the machine operators must regularly pass through. This area is protected with a floor scanner. My first issue is trying to verify the safe distance calculations. I have KUKA's published stopping times but do I use the worst time for 1 axis for these calculations? At what point in the move profile do I use as the baseline for implementing this distance? The highest velocity or farthest reach? The second issue I have is I would like to use a warning zone on the scanner to slow the robot (using the SafeOperation settings) to 250mm/s. Do I use the original safe distance calculations to determine the limits of this warning zone?

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I am using a Fanuc 120I with a servo torch and a Lincoln 455 Powerwave for .035" aluminum wire and we cannot get it to stop burning tips very often. The welds look great but it burns the tip at the start of the weld quite often. What causes this?

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Are there any safety guidelines in the RIA specifications regarding 2 people being in a robot cell while teaching?

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Simple question referring to 5.6.3.4.3- There is a statement at the bottom of this stating that a sufficient number of readily identifiable and easily accessible e-stops shall be located within the safeguarded space. It's not clear to me, based on the other information provided above this in 5.6.3.4.3, if this is required in every circumstance or as an alternative to, for example, the ability to lock a gate in the open position.

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We are working on a robot application with a small SCARA system where the robot's working envelope has to be defined beyond the machine's guarding in order for it to be able to reach all the necessary areas that it must reach. So, the robot will have the potential for smacking into the guarding, which will include a door. The door does include a safety interlock, so when the machine is operating the door is locked and will not open. We have checked the door lock's force rating and compared it against the maximum force that could be generated by the robot at full acceleration and this appears to be safely under the door lock's rating. We will also monitor the robot's motors to determine if they have exceeded any limits that would indicate it's movement was restricted unexpectedly. Also, in this configuration, hard stops cannot be used. Is there anything else that we can/should do to ensure the safety of this robot application?

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We are a group of seniors at Toledo Technology Academy building a guarding around a FANUC R2000iB series robot arm. We were wondering if there is any minimum height that the guarding must be according to OSHA or any other safety group.

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The latest Robot Standards mandate that the retricted space is within the safeguarded space. Is this just for automatic operation? If I have a robot where the electronic limits do not operate in manual and so the robot can be moved past the restricted point - do hard stops need to be fitted to restrict robot motion within the safegaurded space? regards Ian English

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