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Sir or Madam, In using the ANSI/RIA R15.06-2012 to maintain compliance I am constantly running into references to other documents. There is no explanation of the standard just a general "shall be consistent with or meet the requirements of (fill in the blank other standard). In each case, these documents are available at a significant cost. What is the purpose of assembling an all-inclusive guideline for robot integrators if all it does is point me to other documents. Very frustrating.

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James Norton - President
JHN Group
jamesnorton [at] jhngroup [dot] com
(617) 448-9649

I understand that it can be expensive to obtain all the standards, I too have spent a great deal of money keeping up with all the standards and requirements. You do understand that many different parties of interest come into play. . There are different local, state, National and international rules that have to be considered, in addition there are many different regulatory bodies that come into play such as NFPA or the different secretariat or Sponsor for ANSI (American National Standards) So while you may have a robot you all so have a product such as a Blow Molding Machine There are standards for that as well, There are also laws both National OSHA and State to comply with As a consultant I am well aware of the cost of keeping current. I am also well aware of the severe harm that can occur for failing to follow the standards

Dan Junker - President and Chief Ranger
Automation Rangers, Inc.
danj [at] automationrangers [dot] com
(513) 226-5733

Philip, The goal is to write a Standard the doesn't rewrite what is written in foundation Standards like NFPA 79, ISO EN 13849-1, etc. Your frustration is understood and appreciated. As committee members, the problem we face is to write a Standard that covers the ground necessary to address the focus of the Standard. In the case of the RIA R15.06-2012 Standard you cover robots with Part 1 and you still don't cover every robot application. There is the need for additional Standards to address industrial and commercial mobile robots, collaborative robots, etc. In Part 2 it is even more extreme as James mentions, there are many different machine types that a robot interfaces with to complete a system. The additional Standards referenced deliver guidance, methods and strategies that help the machine builder and user address the application safely and efficiently. So it comes down to budgeting. I hope this helps. You are not alone.


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