TAIPEI, July 21, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Smart manufacturing is a hot topic in the industrial sector. Many countries now believe that smart robots will play an increasingly central role in future technological development. However, potential hazards do exist in the interactions between mechanical equipment and humans during the production process. Techman Robot has commissioned TUV Rheinland to conduct advanced internal training for its specialist personnel to strengthen the safety of human-machine interactions, as well as to support the intelligent manufacturing and automation capabilities of its overseas customers. The first class of 10 trainees recently received their personal qualification certifications after being assessed by TUV Rheinland. This certification provides proof of the risk management ability and professional expertise in robotics of these technical personnel. Individual certificates can be checked through the Certipedia certification system maintained by TUV Rheinland.
Risk identification and assessment must be conducted during the design of industrial robots and systems to avoid work safety problems. Operating hazards must be reduced through design or preventive measures. The design of the robot itself must provide a certain level of safety. If the level of risk cannot be effectively reduced through design, safety measures must then be incorporated. Industrial robots and systems fall within the scope of EU Machinery Directive (2006/42/EC). They must adhere to the harmonized standards for industrial robotics that include the standards for industrial robots and robotic systems (EN ISO 10218-1, EN ISO 10218-2), as well as supplementary collaborative robot technical specifications (ISO/TS 15066). The electrical equipment in robots and systems must also comply with the international standards for electrical equipment used in industrial machines (EN/IEC 60204-1) and the relevant regulations of the Electromagnetic Compatibility Directive (2014/30/EU).
The training conducted for Techman Robot covers the application of mechanical and electrical safety standards, risk assessment of potential hazards, configuration and selection of protective devices, layout of automated robotic production lines, design of human-machine collaborative tasks, as well as maintenance and management requirements. It provides technical personnel with a crash course on improving safety practices and review skills. Personnel that pass the qualification exam receive a mechanical safety certification issued by TUV Rheinland certifying that they are capable of drafting CE Technical Construction Files (TCF), identifying mechanical risks and hazards, laying out automated robotic production lines, planning safety and protective measures, and writing EN ISO 12100 risk assessments. At the same time, qualified personnel can also provide their corporate clients with production line planning assessments and prepare risk assessment reports. These qualifications increase customer trust in their professionalism and reduce the risks of the customers' automation equipment.
Techman Robot was founded in 2016, and is a global pioneer in collaborative robots and smart vision systems. It is the only collaborative robot manufacturer based in Taiwan, and has been catapulted into second place among all collaborative robot brands in the world. More than a hundred distributors located in mainland China, Europe, Japan, South Korea, and Southeast Asia now supply its collaborative robots with embedded vision, software, and application solutions. Techman Robot hopes to break down human-machine barriers through innovative technology. By exploiting the respective strengths and advantages of both humans and robots, a closer collaborative relationship can be built to realize a future of seamless collaboration between man and machine.
The market may reserve its attention for the functions and applications of intelligent robots, but it is the safety of "people" that takes precedence over everything else. This is critical for the prevention of "harm to humans" by robots. TUV Rheinland leverages the technical perspectives of different industries by analyzing the potential risks in a product first. The relevant international standards are then used as a reference to incorporate active and passive safety technologies into robot design so that robots can accomplish tasks set by humans while ensuring the safety of both.
SOURCE TUV Rheinland Taiwan