Are they safe?
What comes to mind for most people when they hear the words 'Collaborative Robot’? A complicated image of costly technology? Safety cages? Complex control panels and an abundance of wiring? (Image to the right). With Collaborative robots, this simply is not the case. For example, the TM Series features a simplistic, lightweight and clean design.
Collaborative robots are in fact designed to be safe to operate around people, working alongside their ‘colleagues’ without the need for additional safety precautions.
According to parts 1 & 2 of the international standard
ISO 10218, that works to offer support and guidance in safety requirements for industrial robots, and the Technical Standard ISO/TS 15066 - there are four types of collaborative features for robots: