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On-Demand Webinar: Collaborative Robots, Are They Really as Safe as They Sound?

Universal Robots


    Collaborative robots are the fastest growing segment in industrial robotics, and for good reason. They’re flexible, easy to program, and, when compared to their “older generation” industrial counterparts, far safer and less expensive (and faster) to deploy. But those who use or want to use cobots need to understand the risks and liability involved, as with any other machine on their factory floor. This webinar will provide insight into cobot safety, looking how cobots are safer than “old” industrial robots; defining terms like “power and force limiting” and “protective stop,” and understanding the importance of risk assessments.

    This on-demand webinar topics will include:

    • Basics of human-machine interfaces and collaborative workspaces
    • Overview of robot safety standards
    • New speed and separation monitoring techniques that can further improve safety of cobot applications

    Roberta Nelson Shea
    Global Technical Compliance Officer
    Universal Robots

    Roberta Nelson Shea is the Global Technical Compliance Officer at Universal Robots, responsible for product compliance and reducing barriers to global acceptance and deployment. A renowned expert in robotics safety with over 40 years experience in safety and automation standardization, Roberta is the only consistently active RIA robot safety standards participant since 1982. She has served 23 years as chair of the US American National Robot Safety Committee (ANSI/RIA R15.06), now as Chair Emeritus of RIA standardization; is actively involved in ISO standardization with emphasis on robots, automation and safety; and was selected as one of the “100 Women in Safety in 100 Years” by ASSE.

    Roberta holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering anda Masters of Engineering in Advanced Safety Engineering & Management. Prior to joining Universal Robots, she headed global safety component and product management at Rockwell Automation, and had senior management positions at Symbotic LLC, Applied Manufacturing Technologies, Pilz Automation, Honeywell, and Proctor & Gamble.

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