Industrial Robots and Collaborative Robot Systems

As a key technology for the intelligent factory of tomorrow, human-robot collaboration forms the backbone of Industry 4.0. As a leading development service provider for functionally safe systems, we stand by our industrial automation customers right from the start. embeX was the first company in the world to be awarded the highest maturity level for Functional Safety Management (FSM) in accordance with IEC 61508 by TÜV Rheinland. embeX is technogically leading in functional safety robot engineering.

We meet the high requirements of classic industrial robots as well as the new challenges in the development of coexistent, cooperative and collaborative robot systems (cobot systems).

Engineering Services

  • Consulting on guidelines and normative requirements
  • Risk assessments, especially with regard to quasi-static and transient contact
  • Selection and definition of suitable security functions and collaboration types
  • Consultation and creation of safety concepts and hardware architectures
  • Specification, design, development and qualification of individual components
  • Standard-compliant verification and validation
  • Failure analyses (FMEA, FMEDA, FTA) from component to system level
  • Calculation of safety indicators such as PFH, SFF, MTTFd
  • Approval and certification: Preparation of documents and representation before the inspection body
  • Support with the declaration of conformity

Technologies for Robot Safety

Safety Concepts

  • System safety concept for the entire robot
  • Component safety concepts for individual joint electronics
  • Consideration of randomly occurring hardware faults and definition of measures to control them
  • Selection of Cat. 3 suitable hardware architectures
  • Dealing with non-secure software components
  • Handling of mechanical components
  • Safe operation and parameterisation

Safety Functions

  • Monitoring of the robot pose (Safe geometry / force model)
  • Monitoring of the axes (Safe position, speed, moment detection)
  • Operating mode selection, enabling switch, ...
  • Safe stop functions: STO, SS1, SS2
  • Safe monitoring functions: SOS, SLP, SLS, SLT
  • Safe output functions: SBC, SBT

Collaboration Types

  • Safety rated supervised stop
  • Manual guidance / teaching
  • Speed and distance monitoring
  • Power and force limitation

Standards and Directives

We are certified to IEC 61508 and work to the following standards and directives among others

  • Machinery directive: 2006/42/EC
  • EN 12100: “Safety of machinery - General principles for design - Risk assessment and risk reduction”
  • EN 10218: “Robots and robotic devices - Safety requirements for industrial robots”, Part 1
  • EN 15066: “Robots and robotic devices — Collaborative robots”
  • IEC 61508: “Functional safety of electrical/electronic/programmable electronic safety-related systems”
  • ISO 13849: “Safety of machinery - Safety-related parts of control systems”
  • IEC 62061: “Safety of machinery – functional safety of electrical, electronic and programmable electronic safety-related control systems”
  • IEC 61800: “Electrical power drive systems...”
  • IEC 61487-3: “Industrial communication networks ...: Functionally safe transmission in fieldbuses...”
  • EN 60204: “Safety of machinery - Electrical equipment of machines”

Who to contact

Daniel Wisser

Head of Business Unit Industrial Automation
Marketing and Sales

Phone: +49 761 479799-73
Mobile: +49 151 422 32 553

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Tel.: +49 761 479799-73