With the introduction of cobots (collaborative robots) humans and robots are sharing and sometimes overlapping the manufacturing workspace.
The ISO/TS 15066 standard provides design and implementation guidelines that limits and controls risks associated with cobot setups. ISO/TS 15066 builds on ISO 10218-1 and -2 published in 2011. ISO 10218 standards describe the safety requirements for industrial robots.
The ISO standard is primarily aimed at robot suppliers, integrators, manufacturing plants, production managers and application engineers.
It is never too early to start thinking about safety. ISO/TS 15066 constitutes the best industry practice to date. Moreover, by using the above mentioned guideline, you can determine if you have properly safeguarded your cobot and provided a safe work environment for your colleagues.
ISO/TS 15066 Design criteria
In the design criteria guideline ISO/TS 15066 suggests various cobot designs that help manufacturers distinguish between what is and what is not a collaborative robot system.
ISO/TS 15066 Collaboration Operation
ISO/TS 15066 describes 4 collaborative operation modes for cobots:
- Hand guidance.
- Speed and separation monitoring.
- Safety-rated monitor stop.
- Power and force limiting.
Special attention is given to safety when considering possible contact events between robots and humans. Therefore it is important to keep in mind speed, power and force limited applications.
To conclude, ISO/TS 15066 represents the new safety and quality standard in cobot implementation.
Next up, let’s talk risk assessment in the upcoming article!