Collaborative Robot Risk Assessments
Like all machines, cobots and their operations are subject to a formal risk assessment, where all risks related to their use need to be defined.
Following the requirements within the standards and the Machinery Directive will help to understand the concepts of machinery risk assessments and the risks associated with cobots.
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Cobots that are designed to be implemented alongside humans, are likely to collide with each other. Collision points need to be defined and the risks controlled in some way, ensuring that those who could come into contact are suitably protected.
To support the risk assessment, the identified collision points need to be validated. Using the state of the art force and pressure measurement equipment, we can offer this service.
The risk assessments will need to consider all life stages of the cobot, from installation through to dismantling and scrapping.
At CMS, we guide you through the whole process to achieve a safe, complaint and functioning application. We understand the safety and can assist and guide you to ensure that what you want to achieve is achievable. Design concepts, risk assessments and safety testing are just some of the ways in which we can help.
Frequently asked questions
What if the cobot is planned to have more than one use?
Each application requires assessing to ensure that in all applications, it is safe for all to use.
When should the risk assessment
As early as possible!
Don't leave it until the end. (although it is quite a common approach to do this.)
Being involved from the beginning of the concept, will only aid the design and the safety can be built in as part of this.
No matter where you are within a project, get in touch and lets discuss your options.
I thought a cobot
Cobot manufacturers have done a fantastic job in creating a safe cobot. However, this is before any tooling or gripper assembly is added or any part is picked and placed. This is where the application and use potentially becomes unsafe.
I've seen cobots that have been installed to be collaborative, only for them to end up in a guard solution because somewhere along the way the design concept has been misunderstood.