Project time: 2016 – 2018
Budget: 5 500 000 kr
Funding: SIP Produktion2030
Development of a comprehensive model for safe installation of collaborative robots
Smaller collaborative robots have been commercially installed the last years. However, commercial installations w ith robots large enough to lift and hold components that otherwise would require operators to use lifting tools are rare. Here, humans and robots actually hold components together. Today, there is no comprehensive work model to identify and manage all work place safety and ergonomics issues that emerge when collaborative robots are to be installed. Our idea is to develop a generic model for collaborative safety analysis and utilization of safety techniques based on the ISO/TS 15066 standard applicable for industry use. Such a model could increase the robot installation rate and tap the full productive potential for collaborative robot installations in Swedish industry. Our approach will be to identify the limitations of current safety assessment procedures in industry when analyzing potential collaborative robot applications, take advantage of state-of-the-art safety techniques for collaborative robotics, particularly collision avoidance strategies, and complement the current safety assessment procedures to incorporate collaborative robots. The updated procedures will facilitate higher MRL for collaborative robot installations, and are based on results from the ongoing FFI-project Team of Man and Machine (ToMM) where efficient management of safety issues have been identified as crucial for collaborative robot project success.