Not too long ago, there was a broadly publicized incident the place a chess robotic system broke the finger of a seven-year-old baby at a event in Moscow. This could by no means have occurred. The robotic was not certainly one of our cobots, however we do really feel compelled to remark as a result of this robotic chess software does NOT mirror regular security requirements and well-accepted practices throughout the robotics sector.
The way in which this incident was reported can distort understanding of robotics software security. An official of the Russian chess federation implied that the incident occurred as a result of the kid ‘violated’ security guidelines. That is totally unreasonable!
Robotic system integrators ought to carry out a danger evaluation
It’s globally accepted that robotic system integrator ought to carry out a danger evaluation for the supposed use and readily foreseeable misuses. If this had been finished, quite a few modifications would have been applied together with a tender gripper as an alternative of 1 with onerous edges and using security sensors solely permitting motion when nobody was close by. It was fairly foreseeable that the human chess participant can be concentrating on the sport, not their robotic opponent.
Automation security is about “making the straightforward option to work, the protected option to work”. On this case, all chess motions want to have the ability to be carried out and not using a particular person needing to assume “am I okay to maneuver my chess piece or will I be injured?”.
The know-how exists to forestall incidents like this from taking place
Energy and drive restricted (PFL) collaborative robots (cobots) would cease transferring after contact with an individual. Know-how of this sort is available. Following the appliance danger evaluation’s necessities, tens of hundreds of cobots are working safely alongside people daily. Actually, cobots are more and more utilized in schooling settings to show programming and the event of robotic purposes.
Security requirements are established internationally and independently licensed
All respected robotic producers and integrators embrace their accountability of delivering protected merchandise and options. At Common Robots, our e-Sequence robots are licensed to EN ISO 13849-1 and EN ISO 10218-1 by TÜV Nord. The cobots embody 17 superior configurable security capabilities licensed by TÜV Nord as PLd Cat 3. This implies they’ve configurable stopping time and stopping distance, joint place limits, pose restrict, instrument orientation restrict, security planes, security boundaries, protected house, drive limiting (TCP) and elbow security (drive, pace, boundary restriction).
The protected deployment of cobots can convey enormous societal advantages
This chess enjoying robotic integrator displays badly upon the hundreds of automation professionals that take security very critically. The world continues to face labor shortages. Robotics and automation can present an important and well timed resolution and may also make workplaces a lot better environments for people to work in. However these alternatives will solely be absolutely realized when security is a precedence in software deployment.