Tokyo, Japan – TÜV SÜD Japan Ltd. has issued the certificate for the functional safety for“the Green Robot”, a collaborative robot, which can work cooperatively with people developed by FANUC CORPORATION (hereinafter referred to as “FANUC”). This isthe world’s first collaborative robot to have received the international standard certification for the functional safety which includes also to detect an external force. FANUC improved the prototype of this robot announced last year and officially launched a new model this April to meet market needs.
The functional safety standard is the scheme where risks can be examined and analyzed by a third party and safety can be objectively and quantitatively explained, in which extremely strict requirements are imposed for the development of safe products. The international standard applied to this functional safety certification is a base standard and applicable to all kinds of industries, such as railroad, automation, automotive, medical equipment and elevator industries.
Modified Ordinance on Industrial Safety and Hygiene In the past in Japan, the requirement for using industrial robots in factories was to separate them from operators using safety fences, etc., according to the Ordinance on Industrial Safety and Hygiene, and not allowing operators to coexist or collaborate with the robots. In 2013, the Ordinance was partially revised to relax the obligation to install safety fences, etc., enabling operators to work together with robots. In this context, an increase in demand for collaborativerobots is expected in every field today.
Relieving heavy manual work “The Green Robot”, a collaborativerobot, developed by FANUC is applicable to various kinds of heavy manual work in the outfitting process, including assembly of automobile interior equipment and devices. Thus, it is expected to be introduced into a wide range of fields, such as the automobile field, general machinery and electrical & electronic fields, as a measure to reduce the burden on workers, improve efficiency and conserve manpower. This robot achieves collaboration with operators within the same space using sensor technologies. For example, it stops operating immediately when it comes into contact with a person. In particular, the acquisition of certification for the functional safety standard issued by TÜV SÜD this time is a proof of the high level of safety for this robot. FANUC stated that “the Green Robot” equipped the safety measures will be serialized in the future to expand the line-up of this collaborative robot.