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Towards Mobile Manipulator Safety Standards



Jeremy A. Marvel, Roger V. Bostelman


We present an overview of the current safety standards for industrial robots and automated guided vehicles (AGVs), and describe how they relate to the safety concerns of mobile manipulators (robot arms mounted on mobile bases) in modern manufacturing. Considerations for the capabilities of mobile manipulators are provided in relationship to these standards, as are numerous scenarios for which the behavior of a mobile manipulator may be unpredictable or otherwise contrary to the current industrial robot and AGV safety requirements. We also discuss the needs for a new class of test pieces for verifying and validating the functionality of mobile manipulator safety systems in collaborative working environments.
Proceedings Title
Proceedings of the IEEE International Symposium on RObotic and Sensors Environments (ROSE)
Conference Dates
October 21-23, 2013
Conference Location
Washington, DC


mobile manipulators, AGV safety, robot safety, safety standards
Created October 24, 2013, Updated February 19, 2017