Manufacturing AUTOMATION

RIA publishes new ANSI safety standard for industrial mobile robots

February 1, 2021
By Manufacturing AUTOMATION/RIA

The Robotic Industries Association (RIA) has published R15.08 Part 1, the new American National Standard (ANSI) specifying safety requirements for industrial mobile robots.

The standard was created for mobile robot manufacturers using input collected from industry experts over the course of about four years.

R15.08-1 provides technical requirements for the design and integration of industrial mobile robots.

Mobile robot integrators and users should also familiarize themselves with the requirements in R15.08 Part 1. The RIA will be publishing more detailed requirements for integrators and users in R15.08 Parts 2 and 3, which are still to come.


The new standard recognizes three types of industrial mobile robots: those on an autonomous mobile platform, those with a passive or active attachment that is not a manipulator, and those with a “manipulator” that would be considered an “industrial robot” per RIA’s sister standard R15.06 if it were stationary, mounted to a mobile platform.

To learn more and purchase the standard documents, click here.

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