July 12, 2016      

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
? Ben Franklin, engineer, inter alia

You just know it’s coming, don’t you?

You can tell that a technology has arrived when everyone starts to do a lot of thinking about safety and liability, especially when it comes to robots.

Collaborative robots have arrived in force, are being purchased and installed by the thousands, and daily are rubbing shoulders with humans by the thousands as well.

Employers of both are now drawing back a little in order to do some serious thinking about employee-robot interactions, possible injuries (no matter what the co-robot salesman promised), and what, if any, are the liability issues that may arise on the job.

What are the applicable workplace laws at play here? What about the workers’ compensation pre-emption? What about suing product manufactures over negligent design, negligent failure to warn, and breach of warranty, and are there any available third parties to sue?

Where do you stand on liability?

Before any dust up between employers, employees, lawyers, nasty lawsuits, TV cameras, prying reporters and the like settles on your doorstep, join us for the lowdown on how to avoid it all…or how to best mitigate seemingly intractable situations.

Join us for Collaborative Robots on the Job: Don’t Overlook Safety and Liability, a webcast not to miss.

Don’t miss our very special guest: Garry Mathiason, one of the world’s top experts on robots and the law; and founder at Littler Mendelson of the first robotics law practice in the U.S.

Garry brings to the webcast profound insight into the coming age of robots as co-workers plus great expertise as to how the workplace–including humans–will and must adapt to robots

Okay, now how to make your co-robot safe?

With collaborative robots and humans occupying overlapping workspaces, there are easy guidelines to follow to keep everyone safe.

We’ll address the simple ways to avoid accidental, physical contact with a co-robot–even “incidental contact” and even the creepy-sounding “Pain Onset Level”.

The ISO or International Standards Organization’s ISO/TS 15066 guidelines cover how to keep people and machines separate and safe…and each, as it should be, still very productive at their jobs.

A simple checklist scrupulously followed is all it takes.

You’ll be amazed how easy it is to follow, just as we were amazed at how many people know nothing about it, yet should.

Contemplating a collaborative robot for your shop? Heed Ben Franklin well and get your hands on this small e-book, with its awkward title: ISO/TS 15066, which is the world’s first specifications of safety requirements for collaborative robot applications.

In process since 2010, worked on by 24 participating countries (which shows how important the little book is to so many), this edition of the book is offered by Robotiq.

It’s a great guide to have even BEFORE you buy a collaborative robot. It will ably assist in the decision-making process. And once your co-robot is deployed, it will help to ensure safe operation.

Better still, it’s free for the asking. Thank you, Sam Bouchard and the good folks at Robotiq.

Please join us on Wednesday, July 20 at 2PM EST

Collaborative Robots on the Job: Don’t Overlook Safety and Liability