Industrial Robotics / Industrial Safety

Blog: How safety standards are shifting with the growing use of robots

By A3 blog

Sep 09, 2016

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More than 1.5 million industrial robots are operating in factories around the globe. Worldwide sales reached a record in 2014 with 221,000 units sold. Last year in 2015, a 12% hike in sales led to 248,000 robotic units sold.

Robots are being built with a safety-first mentality. Sensors that limit force and features like rounded edges help prevent even minor injuries.

Accidents with robots are rare and those most at risk are maintenance workers. The Occupational Health and Safety Administration, OSHA, states in a Safety and Health article that when accidents do occur, it’s often during “non-routine operating conditions, such as programming, maintenance, testing, setup, or adjustment.”

Read the full blog post here, and read Plant Services' coverage of robot safety standards here