February 1, 2021

RIA safety mobile robots400x275After more than four years of work and input from hundreds of industry experts, the Robotic Industries Association (RIA) has published the new American National Standard for safety requirements for industrial mobile robots. Known as R15.08 Part 1, the standard is a critical first step toward common guidelines in this growing sector of robotics, the RIA said.

The document provides technical requirements for the design and integration of industrial mobile robots. “R15.08-1 is important because the rapidly developing capabilities of mobile robots will make industrial mobile robots (IMRs) and fleets (IMRFs) an increasingly common type of robot application in the future,” the RIA said. “In order for this advancement in productivity to succeed, the safety of human workers around mobile robot applications must be ensured.” 

Within the categories, the R15.08 recognizes three types of IMRs:

  • Type A: Autonomous Mobile Robots (mobile platform only)
  • Type B: IMR Type A plus a passive or active attachment that is not a manipulator.
  • Type C: A “mobile manipulator”, where the manipulator is what would be considered an “industrial robot”, per the sister standard, R15.06, if it was stationary, mounted to a mobile platform that could be either an IMR Type A or an AGV.

The association said while mobile robot manufacturers are the primary intended audience for part 1, mobile robot integrators and users should also become familiar with the requirements. More detailed requirements for those groups will be in a forthcoming R15.08 Parts 2 and 3.

A PDF download of the requirements can be purchased here for $190 (members) or $225 (non-members).