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Workers protection in collaborative industrial robotics application represents the predominant aspect of robot safety in production systems. Flexible production systems and multimodal human-robot interactions often encompass cooperative tasks that are performed in fenceless configurations. Collaborative open workspaces enable, in fact, a workflow of continuously interchangeable tasks done by operators or by robot at close distance or using hand-guided modes. Layout and workflow optimization may, in fact, require a co-presence in some shared spaces whose safeguarding (e.g. robot speed limitations, distances) is conservatively restricted by the current standards. In such scenarios, the tracking of operators is mandatory for the overall assessment of the system safety. In this work, a combination of wireless sensing technologies, highly robust wireless protocols and safe computation over a standard ethernet IP …
Publication date: 
1 Jun 2014

Federico Vicentini, Massimiliano Ruggeri, Luca Dariz, Alessandro Pecora, Luca Maiolo, Davide Polese, Luca Pazzini, Lorenzo Molinari Tosatti

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Pages: 1274-1279
2014 IEEE 23rd International Symposium on Industrial Electronics (ISIE)