ISO standardisation for industrial and service robots

from this EU-Robotics Newsletter (author: Theo Jacobs)

As the market for service robots is growing constantly, the demand for standards in this area rises. Product specific safety standards are of great value to manufacturers as they ease hazard analysis and also reduce the legal risk for research facilities and companies. Other standards, e.g. for terminology, modularity or performance measurement can help to reduce trade barriers and to foster market growth. To satisfy this demand, the International Standardisation Organisation (ISO) through its committee TC 184/ SC 2 has been developing standards for industrial and service robots for many years. Communicating standardisation results to the European robotics community is an important goal of the RockEUEU-funded project RockEU. Therefore, a newsletter on latest development in ISO standardisation has been compiled and is now available at euRobotics website: click here for the PDF file.

As the development of entirely new standards, especially safety standards, is happening at this very moment, companies and research institutes have the unique chance to join standardisation committees, to communicate their needs and to contribute to standard development with their expertise. All ISO standardisation related to robots takes place in committee TC 184/SC 2 (robots and robotic devices), which is currently organised in six working groups (click on the image below).


Standards are developed through the instrument of commenting: during balloting periods, each national standardisation organisation has the possibility to submit comments proposing to change, delete or add text to the respective standard. In the international meetings, these comments are resolved in discussions and agreed changes are applied to the document. Nations that are currently actively participating in developing these standards are Canada, China, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Japan, South Korea, United Kingdom and the United States. The working groups usually meet three times a year, in turns in North America, Europe and Asia. Meetings of the SC 2 committee are held every one and a half years. Working groups are open for all motivated contributors. Experts are explicitly encouraged to participate.

In order to foster European participation in international standardisation meetings, the project RockEU offers travel cost reimbursement for persons who are interested in contributing and want to visit these meetings for the first time.

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