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Robots Come Out of the Cage

Posted January 06, 2015 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

The barrier between robots and people is changing from cage-based to software-based. Section 5.12.3 of the ANSI/RIA 15.06-2012 standard allows safety functions to be programmed into the robot itself. Manufacturers are responding with a number of innovative techniques. A theme running through these solutions is allowing the robot's operating space to be designed for a particular application, so areas outside of the defined space don't require guarding. This approach generally leads to a smaller footprint. An embedded video link demonstrates this approach using a laser scanner that monitors four separate work zones simultaneously. Two other video links show motor-operated doors that protect against physical hazards like welding.


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01/06/2015 12:51 PM

so areas outside of the defined space don't require guarding.

OSHA will never buy that.

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01/07/2015 7:49 AM

A software 'glitch' or a hardware failure is always prone to causing catastrophe. If you're in the 'zone' you can become a 'target'.

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06/01/2015 10:36 AM

I really don't see industry going "fenceless" as long as there are workers that may accidentally walk into the robot area even with light fences. I do see going to a less rigid fence structure and maybe going with a chained off barrier?

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