What to Know About Industrial Robot Safety
One of the most commonly cited reasons for implementing robotic automation is to improve the safety of a manufacturing operation. It is true that automating with the FANUC Arcmate 120ic and other industrial robots creates a safer work environment for employees as it removes them from performing dangerous or hazardous jobs. However, factory robots are powerful, fast machines and because of this they can pose new safety concerns for your work environment. Understanding safety standards, performing risk assessments, and properly safeguarding your robotic systems are all steps that can be taken to protect employees and ensure the safe operation of robot manipulators.
Safety StandardsReviewing and understanding the safety standards set by the robotic industry is a good starting point. The industry has set standards to protect workers and to ensure the safe design and installation of manufacturing robot arms. These standards are updated every few years to keep up with the ever advancing robotic technology.
- • ISO 10218 - This is the safety standard set by the International Standards Organization (ISO) and has been adopted worldwide. It sets safety guidelines for designing industrial robot arms, operational requirements, and practices for the safe use of robotic manipulators.
- • ISO/TS 15066:2016 - This is the ISO safety standard for collaborative robots. It specifies safety guidelines specific to collaborative robot systems.
- • ANSI/RIA R15.06-2012 - This standard is the one primarily used in the United States as it was developed by the American National Standards Institute and the Robotic Industries Association. This safety standard has been adopted from the ISO version to ensure US robotic systems follow international standards. It outlines safety practices for the manufacture and integration of robotic systems.