New collaborative robot Technical Report: RIA TR R15.606-2016 for Robots & Robotic Devices – Collaborative Robots

A U.S. National Adoption of the ISO/TS 15066:2016 and a step toward globally harmonized safety guidance for industrial robotics!


Helping to lower costs and provide risk management assistance.

Published on December 25, 2016, the RIA TR R15.606-2016, like its ISO predecessor ISO/TS 15066:2016, provides safety guidance for collaborative industrial robot systems where a robot system and people share the same workspace.

What the Technical Report 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

RIA TR R15.606-2016 provides safety guidance for collaborative industrial robot systems. Effective use of TR 606 assumes that the robot system under consideration is in compliance with ANSI/RIA R15.06-2012.


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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