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ROBOTIC AUTOMATION


accidentally come into contact with the worker. This is where ISO TS 15066 comes into play—this defi nes dozens of differ- ent places on the human body, and the limits of pain on the body.” That aspect defi nes how much force can be applied to someone’s cheek, or on the leg or thigh, for instance. “It also defi nes it in the shape of the mechanical thing that’s touching you,” Schuster said. “If it’s a sharp pointy piece, this is where the tricky part comes in.” What’s needed are proper risk assessments and system integration, he stressed. Rockwell also recently announced an expansion of its global Machinery Safety System Integra- tor program that was started in 2014.


New Safety Software For its lineup of YuMi collaborative robots, ABB Robot-


ics recently debuted an expanded SafeMove2 software, the latest generation robot monitoring software. “Closer collabo- ration between robots and people brings many benefi ts such as increased fl exibility and productivity, this is exactly why we


developed this technology and the SafeMove2 product,” said Hui Zhang, head of Product Management, ABB Robotics (Auburn Hills, MI). “It is also important to note that Safe- Move2 can work with collaborative robots as well as conven- tional, standard industrial robots.” ABB’s new software updates its original SafeMove intro- duced in 2008. “Simply put, SafeMove2 is a software solu- tion that allows robots and operators to work closer together by restricting robot motion to precisely what is needed for a specifi c application,” Zhang said.


The SafeMove2 technology establishes safe zones, which help optimize the size of the cell on the factory fl oor while protecting people and equipment, and it sets safe axis ranges for a given application, rather than relying on electro- mechanical switches, Zhang said. This increases control and fl exibility while reducing maintenance requirements on mechanical parts. “It also defi nes and sets safe robot speeds, so operators can work within the proximity of the robot. This is a big pro- ductivity advantage over safety systems that completely stop a robot when people come close,” he added. “It ensures safe standstill supervision of the robot axis, so an operator can work in close proximity to a robot without having to switch the robot motors off.” SafeMove2 also includes a cyclic brake check so brakes are checked on a regular basis to ensure their reliability.


Zhang said SafeMove2 is part of the increasing trend for digitalization in automation, and represents an evolution from hardware to software. “This new generation of SafeMove integrates safety features directly into the robot controller software for full fl exibility and expandability,” he said.


Fast, Easy Cobot Deployment Collaborative robot pioneer Universal Robots (Odense, Denmark) plans to introduce its new showroom of plug- and-play application solutions, called Universal Robots+, at IMTS in Chicago. The online showroom is being touted as offering companies a new level of simplicity in gaining the applications needed to hit the ground running when installing their next UR collaborative robots from Universal, which was founded in 2005.


Universal Robots+ lets distributors and end users choose accessories, end effectors and software solutions from Uni- versal Robots, speeding up deployment times on installing the UR3, UR5 and UR10 model cobots for manufacturing applications. In addition, the company will introduce a free


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