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Safety first: On the safe deployment of robotic systems


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Belzile, Bruno et St-Onge, David. 2022. « Safety first: On the safe deployment of robotic systems ». In Foundations of Robotics: A Multidisciplinary Approach with Python and ROS. pp. 415-439. Singapore : Springer Nature Singapore.

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ABSTRACT: The deployment of robotic systems always brings several challenges. Among them, safety is of uttermost importance, as these robots share their environment with humans at a certain degree. In this chapter, you will get an overlook of some standards relevant to robotic systems, pertaining mostly to their scope and the organizations issuing them. These standards and others documents such as technical specifications are relevant to conduct the risk assessment of a new system and mitigation of the identified hazards, two critical steps in the deployment of robot cells, mobile manipulators, etc. While we will first focus on conventional industrial robots, we will then move to collaborative robots (cobots), with which human operators’ safety is even more critical considering the intrinsic close proximity, as well as mobile robots. It is important to understand that the information presented in this chapter is only a brief introduction to the process leading to the safe deployment of a robotic system, whether it is a conventional industrial robot, a cobot or a mobile robot. You will need to refer to existing standards, technical specifications, guidelines and other documents that are yet to be released, as it is a field constantly adapting to new technologies. Moreover, a safe deployment goes beyond any written document, as a thorough analysis is critical, which includes elements that may not be considered by any standard. Learning objectives: The objective at the end of this chapter is to be able to: • recognize the different standard organization and their publications; • conduct a risk-assessment procedure on a robotic system and propose risk mitigation measures; • know the difference between an industrial robot and a cobot as well as their respective potential hazards; • differentiate the types of collaborative operation methods; • conduct a risk assessment on a mobile robotic system.

Item Type: Book chapter
ISBN: 978-981-19-1983-1
Herath, Damith
St-Onge, David
St-Onge, David
Affiliation: Génie mécanique
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2022 13:59
Last Modified: 26 Oct 2022 14:53

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