What Are Standards?

An Industry Consensus Standard...

  • Provides normative and informative guidance
  • Is typically developed through a consensus process
  • Is drafted by a volunteer committee of representatives of concerned interests such as manufacturers, users, regulators, suppliers, integrators, consultants, and academia
  • Provides a voluntary means to achieve a desired outcome
  • Can become law when adopted by a regulatory agency

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The Robotic Industries Association sponsors development of ANSI and ISO standards applicable to the robotic industry. Drafting committees are formed for various topics of interest. Participation is open to “anyone with a direct and material interest” in the work being done. Participation is divided into Voting and Associate memberships. Voting members representing companies must have the express backing of their employer to ensure availability to travel and attend scheduled meetings.

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NEW! RIA R15.08-1-2020

R15.08, American National Standard for Industrial Mobile Robots -- Safety Requirements -- Part 1: Requirements for the Industrial Mobile Robot is now available for purchase. R15.08-1-2020 is a good first step toward ensuring the safety of human workers near industrial mobile robots, and will be a solid foundation for future work in this area.

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Upcoming Standards Meetings

A list of all known robotics standards meetings scheduled through 2020.

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Global Robotic Standards Committees

RIA Standards Development Committee (SDC)
• SDC Members are RIA Members; represent the RIA Board of Directors
• The SDC provides oversight, sets direction, and gives input to RIA’s standards work

ANSI: R15, Industrial Robotics Standards in the U.S.
R15 Standards Approval Committee (SAC)
R15.06, Drafting Subcommittee on Industrial Robot Safety
R15.08, Drafting Subcommittee on Industrial Mobile Robot Safety

U.S. Technical Advisory Group to ISO TC 299 (“U.S. TAG”)
• Accredited by ANSI to administer ANSI’s membership in the ISO Technical Committee 299, Robotics
• Establishes the U.S. position on votes within the ISO TC 299
• Appoints U.S. Expert Members to Working Groups (WGs) within ISO TC 299

ISO Technical Committee (TC) 299, Robotics
WG 1, Vocabulary & Characteristics
WG 2, Personal Care Robot Safety
WG 3, Industrial Safety
WG 4, Service Robots
JWG 5, Medical Robot Safety
WG 6, Modularity for Service Robots

Why Standards?

Voluntary standards are important and beneficial to their industries. The more widespread the use of the standard, the bigger the potential market for goods or services that comply with that standard.

For our multinational users and producers of robotics – in other words, for all RIA members and others in the industry – standards help create and stabilize markets.

What is RIA’s Role?

RIA provides... 

  • Leadership
  • Coordination
  • Administration
  • Communication
  • Education

...for the development of standards in the robotics industry.

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