An overview of the current standardization situation and an outlook on the development of an integrated Safety & Security concept in the area of Human-Robot Collaboration.
The first white paper of the series “Safety in Human Robot Collaboration” by TÜV AUSTRIA and Fraunhofer Austria provides an introduction to the concept of Human-Robot Collaboration, an overview of the current standardization situation in the field of research and a look into a jointly developed, integrated Safety & Security concept, which will make it easier for manufacturers to introduce HRC applications in the future.
The introduction of Human-Robot Collaboration (HRC) is one of the most important trends within the framework of the fourth industrial revolution. Through HRC, work quality and efficiency can be increased in industrial processes since the individual characteristics of humans and robots are combined in a common work system.
The safety of people in the interaction with networked machines is the highest priority – and their security is supported by numerous standards and guidelines. However, there is currently a lack of experience in the implementation of the legal requirements, particularly in the direct collaboration between man and machine, as well as in the integration of IT security. This results in significant implementation barriers for companies to implement collaborative work systems.