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Robotics: Industrial Application

Posted by TUV Rheinland on May 9, 2017 10:06:44 AM
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The Robotics industry is growing at a rapid rate, especially as industry demand continues to increase. There are rapid technological advancements leading to faster and less expensive production, new and more precise applications, and job creation. This raises some unique challenges. For example, companies must now consider how to best implement automation for their industrial applications.

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Welcome to the World of Robotics

These days, robots can be found throughout production facilities. Robots are used for automated material handling, warehouse or logistics automation, robotic welding, robotic assembly, robotic dispensing, and material processing. With so many applications, there are key compliance issues manufacturers and their service providers should be aware of.

Where to Start?

1. Safety testing and assessment – This includes: Machinery Directive, EMC Directive, North American and European Standards for Robotics. Recently, there have been a number of standards developed for robotics including: ANSI RIA R15.06, EN/ISO 10218 -1 and -2, CAN/CSA Z434.
2. Evaluation of safety rated parts of control systems - This includes evaluation of programmable electronic safety related systems and cybersecurity.
3. Risk Assessment - Companies should consider how to best analyze and evaluate risks associated with robotics, and how to best eliminate or suitably reduce risk.

Ryan Braman, Test Engineer, TUV Rheinland
Ryan has extensive experience with safety standards for the semiconductor, manufacturing, packaging and robotics industries within North America and Europe. Mr. Braman holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.


Topics: robotics