Technical safety standards for hybrid work cells explained in eight steps

In the manufacturing and mechanical engineering sectors there is still ambiguity regarding the safety connected with operating hybrid work cells, where operators and robots work together. Sirris is therefore organising a seminar on 15 May within the scope of Standards Cell Industrie 4.0 to discuss technical safety standards when operating work cells. 

People and robots work together in hybrid work cells with the aim of achieving an extremely high degree of flexibility with product versions and workplace deployment. Standardisation and legislation concerning the safety of such work cells is very recent and must very closely follow the latest technical developments. Among mechanical engineers, (robot) integrators and the manufacturing industry, ambiguity about the safety standards linked to such work cells remains. We will bring clarity about this during the seminar. 

Physical hybrid work cell 

During the seminar various stages concerning implementation and safety will be discussed and explained using a physical hybrid work cell with a range of workplaces, cobots and AGVs. Using an actual set-up we will explain in eight different stages how we create a work cell that complies with the Machinery Directive and the Work Equipment Directive. 

  1. Responsibilities and legal aspects: who is responsible for the various roles, who is the machine manufacturer and who guarantees conformity?
  2. Application analysis: project feasibility with respect to cycle times, tasks, safety, ergonomics and working with robots.
  3. Risk assessment, including analysis of potential collisions with the robot in compliance with EN ISO 12100 (harmonised with the Machinery Directive).
  4. Safety & automation concept: determining compliance with standards and the practical feasibility of the safety measures. Various safety measures are also defined if necessary with respect to the required flexibility of the work cell.
    Various safety standards for robots and cobots (TS 15066) are discussed, as well as the design of safety circuits in compliance with 13849-1 (performance level).
  5. Engineering: design and implementation of the work cell.
  6. Validation, including different variants: functional validation and impact measurements of the cobot.
  7. Layout of the technical construction file and CE declaration of conformity.
  8. Training and technical support.

Interested in joining the seminar on 15 May? Find out more and register via our agenda!