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I am working on building a robotic safety cell for my senior design project. Is there a certain impact rating for Plexiglas walls in order for it to be compliant with the ANSI/RIA R15.06-2012 standard?
If an operator enters a work cell to do a routine and repetitive task such as pick up a dropped part, does the Servo power to the Robot have to be off? The robot can not move due to the fence circuit but still can be jogged manually at 250mm/sec and the operator would not have the teach pendant when entering the cell.
On a robotic cell enclosure are there any regulations on the swing direction of the door, i.e. door swings into the robot cell or door swings out of the robot cell?
Is Fanuc's DCS software acceptable for limiting the robot's reach inside of the 18" zone within a tight robot cell?
Can clear lexan guarding be substituted for the typical wire mesh guarding found on robot cells and still be in compliance with the latest revision of the robotic safety standard.
RE: stack light Is a "blue" lens necessary along with amber, green and red lenses for robotic welding cell use to be ANSI/RIA R15.06-2012 compliant?
I have a robot that is pre-1999 vintage, it has never been deployed at my company. 10 years ago a controls engineer bought this robot used and it just never got used. It is single channel safety. Can I deploy this robot today? Would I need to keep the fence 18" away from the robots maximum reach with end efector? What are the rules in this situation?
If there are multiple people in a single robot cell do they both require a teach pendant or enabling device? Where in the RIA is this written?
For industrial Robot users is there a source for a generic robot Safety Training video for operators & maintenance personel? Not a product specific promotion video.
What standards or regulations define someone being locked in robot enclosure?
Can a panel of the cell guarding be manually removed while operating a semi-automated machine? The locating tolerance of the part being placed is within 1mm & changes with every part. Removing the panel will allow the operator to visually inspect the location while operating the controller.
In the new R15.06-1 2012 collaborative section, it states that the robot SHALL stop when the human is in the collaborative workspace. Later there is a section on power/force limiting, but there is no specification on what the force is, nor whether that if the force is limited, will the initial "SHALL stop" statement be void. If the robot must stop when a human is near, what is the point of the safety rated power/force limiting?