Have You Seen The New Industrial Mobile Robot Safety Standards?

“With the rapid development of mobile robot capabilities, it’s more important than ever for the safety of human workers to have common safety requirements and expectations for IMR systems and system integrations,” said Carole Franklin, director of robotic standards development at the Association for Advancing Automation

The association said the new document:

  • Describes different types of industrial mobile robots and aspects of IMR systems
  • Covers the adaptations necessary for the application and the facility in which the IMR or IMRs will be used
  • Describes safety requirements for when IMRs interact with workstations, charging stations, and other equipment
  • Explains safety considerations regarding the deployed operating environment   

The new standard specifies requirements for integrating, configuring, and customizing an IMR or a fleet of IMRs into a site. The American National Standard Institute (ANSI) accredited the standard. Robotics developers, suppliers, integrators, and users can purchase the standard today at AUTOMATE.ORG/buystandards


What’s next for IMR safety?

The R15.08 Committee will also consider developing technical reports to address emerging topics such as mobile robot technology advances. Such issues include multi-sensor fusion, additional stability testing, stability validation, and additional dynamic stability testing.

What does this mean, and how can Exact help?

The Exact team is dedicated to staying updated on the ever-evolving field of robotics to ensure that we provide you with the most relevant and insightful guidance. When collaborating on a project with your business, we prioritize the safety of your employees. We aim to create a safe working environment by implementing industry best practices and adhering to safety standards tailored to the specific robotics solutions we develop for your business. If you have any questions, we are here to help.

Stay Tuned! The new ISO 10218 that should be published in 2024 will be one of the most significant updates ever for this core robot safety standard.

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