The Robotic Industries Association (RIA), after four-plus years of work and input from hundreds of industry experts, has published the new American National Standard for safety requirements for industrial mobile robots, R15.08 Part 1, a critical first step toward common guidelines in this growing sector of robotics.
R15.08-1 is a new document providing technical requirements for the design and integration of industrial mobile robots. R15.08-1 is important because the rapidly developing capabilities of mobile robots will make industrial mobile robots (IMRs) and fleets (IMRFs) an increasingly common type of robot application in the future. In order for this advancement in productivity to succeed, the safety of human workers around mobile robot applications must be ensured.
WHO BENEFITS FROM R15.08?
Mobile robot manufacturers are the primary intended audience for R15.08 Part 1. Mobile robot integrators and users should also become familiar with the requirements in R15.08 Part 1; more detailed requirements for them will be in the forthcoming R15.08 Parts 2 and 3.