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Can a single-channel robot manufactured in 1999 be re-deployed to another facility provided the controls system and safeguarding used to interface with this robot meets the current ANSI/RIA requirements?

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Pat Davison - Director, Standards Development
Robotic Industries Association
pdavison [at] robotics [dot] org
(734) 929-3269

Hi Jeff, you may run into difficulties meeting the requirements of ANSI/RIA R15.06-2012 with an old, single-channel robot. The new standard references the safety-related parts of the control system language present in ISO 13849-1:2006. The standard specifically states that a robot shall meet Performance Level D Structure Category 3 unless a risk assessment determines that a lower performance level is suitable.

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