|Last year the International
Organization for Standardization published ISO/TS
15066:2016 'Robots and robotic devices - Collaborative
robots' (and BSI published the UK equivalent, PD ISO/TS
15066:2016). Having had a chance to review
this technical specification, which
does not have the same status as a standard, I would be
interested to hear what other people think of it.
Suppliers of collaborative robots (cobots) often
emphasise that the inherent low forces and speeds mean
cobots are easy to implement without the need for
additional safeguards, but ISO/TS 15066 presents some
complex guidance and it would take time and effort to
undertake a risk assessment and demonstrate compliance
with the requirements.
If you are a supplier or end user who has implemented a
cobot in accordance with ISO/TS 15066, what did you
think of it? Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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