Technical standards body TÜV Rheinland has launched what it describes as “the industry’s first comprehensive robot integrator program”.
TÜV Rheinland says its customers can now list all compliant robotic cells under one label, significantly increasing efficiency and lowering costs.
TÜV Rheinland is one of the leading independent international providers of technical services for testing, inspection and certification.
Its new Robot Integrator Program is said to save robot integrators significant time and cost investments by allowing them to mark each cell compliant with ANSI/RIA R15.06 with the TUV Rheinland Mark.
As opposed to a traditional certification or an on-site field labeling, TÜV Rheinland’s Robot Integrator Program certifies the knowledge and skill-set of robot integrators in addition to testing robotic cells and processes against ANSI/RIA R15.06.
This reduces the need for frequent on-site or off-site testing and allows manufacturers to apply a single TÜV Rheinland label to multiple cells.
Ryan Braman, test engineer at TÜV Rheinland, says: “The demand for custom robotic cells is growing as companies continue to integrate industrial robots into their processes.
“Our new Robot Integrator Program is currently the only program of its kind and represents a decisive advantage in the marketplace.
“We are excited to offer our customers a cost-effective certification process that meets the ANSI/RIA R15.06 standard in a fraction of the time of traditional testing methods.”
The Robot Integrator Program individually assesses a robot integrator’s understanding of the ANSI/RIA R15.06 standard along with the ability to consistently produce compliant robot cells.
Following the requirements and procedures of the new program will enable robot integrators to produce individually compliant robotic cells under one serialized TÜV Rheinland Mark, which meets the national electric code and allows acceptance by Authorities Having Jurisdiction and end users.