Global Robotics Standards
A3 Robotics: Leading the Way in Industry Safety
As industrial robots continue to become more advanced, more capable, and more popular on the international stage, the need for comprehensive robot safety standards increases exponentially.
What Are Standards?
An Industry Consensus Standard is typically developed through a consensus process that provides normative and informative guidance. It is drafted by a volunteer committee of representatives of concerned interests such as manufacturers, users, regulators, suppliers, integrators, consultants, and academia. Standards become law when adopted by a regulatory agency.
Voluntary standards are important and beneficial to their industries. The more widespread the use of the standard, the bigger the potential market for goods or services that comply with that standard.
For our multinational users and producers of robotics – in other words, for all A3 members and others in the industry – standards help create and stabilize markets.
What is A3 Robotics’ Role?
A3 provides leadership, coordination, administration, communication, and education for the development of standards in the robotics industry.
NEW! A3 R15.08-2-2023
R15.08, American National Standard for Industrial Mobile Robots – Safety Requirements – Part 2: Requirements for IMR system(s) and IMR application(s) is now available for purchase.
This is a companion document to R15.08-1 and builds upon the safety requirements for IMRs contained in R15.08-1.
R15.08-2-2023 is a critical starting point toward ensuring the safe integration practices for industrial mobile robots and will be a solid foundation for future work in this area.
This new standard provides the IMR systems and systems integration requirements for industrial mobile robots (IMRs). Part 1 provides safety requirements for the IMR.
Participate in a Committee!
A3 Robotics – formerly the Robotic Industries Association (RIA) – sponsors the development of ANSI and ISO standards applicable to the robotics industry. Drafting committees are formed for various topics of interest.
Participation is open to “anyone with a direct and material interest” in the work being done. Participation is divided into Voting and Associate memberships.
Voting members representing companies must have the express backing of their employer to ensure availability to travel and attend scheduled meetings.
Global Robotics Standards Committees
A3 Robotics Standards Development Committee (SDC)
- SDC Members are A3 Members; represent the A3 Robotics Board of Directors
- The SDC provides oversight, sets direction, and gives input to A3's standards work
ANSI: R15, Industrial Robotics Standards in the U.S.
R15 Standards Approval Committee (SAC)
R15.06, Drafting Subcommittee on Industrial Robot Safety
R15.08, Drafting Subcommittee on Industrial Mobile Robot Safety
U.S. Technical Advisory Group to ISO TC 299 (“U.S. TAG”)
Accredited by ANSI to administer ANSI’s membership in the ISO Technical Committee 299, Robotics
Establishes the U.S. position on votes within the ISO TC 299
Appoints U.S. Expert Members to Working Groups (WGs) within ISO TC 299
ISO Technical Committee (TC) 299, Robotics
AG 1, Communications Group
SG 1, Study Group on common robotics safety standard
WG 1, Vocabulary and characteristics
WG 2, Service robot safety
WG 3, Industrial robot safety
WG 4, Service robot performance
JWG 5, Medical robot safety (Joint with 3 IEC groups)
WG 6, Modularity for service robots
WG 7, Management system for service robots
WG 8, Validation methods for collaborative applications
WG 9, Electrical interfaces for industrial robot end-effectors