Get to Know Collaborative Robots Series

Learn about the safety issues surrounding collaborative robots by reading the articles below.

Please see below to download and read each of the articles in our six part series, which will explore several topics, including safety, risk assessment, and more.

  • Introduction to Collaborative Robot Safety
  • Risk Assessment for Collaborative Robots
  • Safe Hand Guiding Applications
  • Safety-Rated Monitored Stop
  • Safe Speed and Separation
  • Safe Power and Force
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Article 1: Introduction to Collaborative Robot Safety

Prepare to help your customers safely boost productivity as they add collaborative robots to their manufacturing operations.

This first of six articles introduces collaborative robots and the emerging safety standards to ensure human coworkers are protected from injury.

In this article, learn the:

  • Description
  • Terminology
  • Safety Standards
  • Scope
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Article 2: Risk Assessment for Collaborative Robots

Learn how risk assessment guides the safe application of collaborative robots to reduce the risk of operator injuries.

This second of six articles on collaborative robot safety introduces the key areas used to assess and reduce risks of injuries.

In this article, learn the:

  • Requirements for Collaborative Robots
  • Task Identification
  • Hazard Identification
  • Risk Reduction
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Article 3: Safe Hand Guiding Applications

Learn how limited robot motion control makes hand guiding safe for direct operator interaction.

This third of six articles on collaborative robot safety introduces how limited robot motion control makes hand guiding safe for direct operator interaction.

In this article, learn the:

  • Description of hand guiding applications
  • Definition of terms
  • Guidelines for operator-robot interaction
  • Design considerations

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Article 4: Safety-Rated Monitored Stop

Learn how safety-rated monitored stop ensures safe access for setup and servicing.

This fourth of six articles on collaborative robot safety describes the safety-rated monitored stop, an essential function used for both traditional and collaborative robots.

In this article, learn the:

  • Description of safety-monitored stop and its application
  • Definition of terms
  • Guidelines for system design

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Article 5: Safe Speed and Separation

Learn how to control separation distance to protect operators as robot and operator speeds change.

This fifth of six articles on collaborative robot safety explains how the combination of safety-rated monitored stop and space limiting functions are used to prevent hazardous interactions.

In this article, learn the:

  • Description of speed and distance control applications
  • Definition of terms
  • Guidelines for system design

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Article 6: Safe Power and Force

Learn how to protect operators when there is contact with the robot, gripper and end effector.

This final article on collaborative robot safety (6 of 6) explains how to protect operators from clamping and other injuries from direct contact and interaction with collaborative robots.


In this article, learn the:

  • Description of power and force control applications
  • Definition of terms
  • Guidelines for system design
Please download PDF below for complete Article