TÜV Rheinland APAC / IMEA Blog

Understanding the Safety of Collaborative Robots

Posted by TUV Rheinland Asia Pacific on Nov 7, 2017 11:17:15 AM

Whenever it is feasible to utilize robots in the factory, manufacturers will often find that option irresistible. It is universally agreed that robotics technology has enabled significant productivity boost in manufacturing, especially in a large, monotonous, and autonomous assembly line (e.g. automotive plant).

What is interesting: if you ask the same manufacturers to use the same robots side-by-side with their personnel, suddenly everybody turns skeptical and asking if they are exposing their personnel to hazards. That is normal, because while everybody wants spend less effort at work, which robots could easily provide, nobody wants to get hurt.

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Topics: cybersecurity, Functional Safety, robotics, cobot, robot

Robotics: Industrial Application

Posted by TUV Rheinland Asia Pacific on May 9, 2017 10:06:44 AM

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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Topics: Industrial, robotics

A Collaborative Robot – closer to humans, safer to work with

Posted by TUV Rheinland Asia Pacific on Mar 10, 2017 5:00:00 AM

Industrial robots are generally used at some distance from people, to ensure human safety. Along with advancement in sensors and control technology, the latest version of the International Standard covering robots (ISO 10218) permits people to collaborate with robots. In Japan, as well, a partial revision of the Occupational Safety and Health Regulations of 2013 makes the regulation of safety fences and other protections less strict, which makes collaborative work between workers and robots possible.

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Topics: robots, robotics