Robotic simulation is a powerful tool to prepare for safety evaluations. A simulation uses 3D Cad models arranged in a computer generated world to emulate the designed system and its surrounding environment. Equipment is programmed to perform planned tasks, everything from tooling devices that open and close to robots that perform complex welding operations.
The OSHA General Duty Clause contains the provision that employees should have a safe working environment. The Robotics Industries Association (RIA) further states that the risk assessment of hazards in a system is a responsibility of the workcell integrator. This shared obligation for safety has put emphasis on how system designs are reviewed and how cost for safety considerations can be controlled.
This virtual environment is an excellent way to visualize all the different work cell operations during both standard production processes and less frequent situations. Engineers can assess potential hazard conditions as the system is being designed. Resolutions to areas of concern can be proposed earlier and with less cost and timing impact because they are identified during the design phase of a project.
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