Designed specifically to meet the International Organization for Standardization (ISO)/Technical Specification (TS) 15066 on collaborative operation is the Workspace Sentry collaborative robotics safety system from ST Robotics. The Workspace Sentry is based on a small module that sends infraredbeams across the workspace. If a user puts his or her hand (or any other object) in the workspace, the robot stops using programmable emergency deceleration. On the system, three sensors with beams are set at 5°, 25°, and 45°. Two or more modules can be daisy chained to monitor a larger area, when necessary.
"A robot that is tuned to stop on impact may not be safe. Robots where the trip torque can be set at low thresholds are too slow for any practical industrial application. The best system is where the work area has proximity detectors so the robot stops before impact and that is the approach ST Robotics has taken," states President and CEO of ST Robotics David Sands.
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Headquarters: Princeton, NJ, USA
Product: Workspace Sentry collaborative robotics safety system
Key Features: Three sensors with infrared beams at 5°, 25°, and 45° that monitor the area where a person or object may enter the workspace.
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