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Robots on the Move

Getting yours ready for the worldwide market

Robots have established their worth in a long – and growing – list of applications. Their value will continue to increase as technology advances, with double-digit annual growth projected for all segments.

Innovative companies developing new robots need more than a testing laboratory to meet regulations. They need a worldwide compliance partner – one with a global footprint, an unrivalled knowledge base, and a diverse array of services.

That’s TÜV Rheinland. No matter what your compliance needs or the type of robots or robotic cells you’ve developed, we’re your one-stop shop - ready to help you make your move into markets across the globe.

Who is TÜV Rheinland?

We are a global leader in independent inspection services, founded more than 145 years ago. Based in Cologne, Germany, we maintain a worldwide presence of more than 20,000 employees working to ensure quality and safety. Our network of experts participate in the entire process of getting robots and robot cells to market, from development to deployment. Not only does our team understand the key industry standards for robotics, we help create them.

TÜV Rheinland has participated in or contributed to the following prominent industry committees:

  • ISO/TC 299 WG 2 – ISO 13482 standards committees
  • ISO/TC 299 WG 3 – ISO 10218-1 and ISO 10218-2 standards committees
  • Member of the Robotic Industries Association (RIA) and participates on the ANSI/RIA R15.06 and RIA R15.08 committees
  • ISO/TC 199 WG8 – ISO 13849 standards committee for functional safety
  • Member of the UL 1740 Standards Technical Panel (STP)
  • Member of the UL 3100 Standards Technical Panel (STP)

Let’s talk about how we can bring our expertise to your project.

Personal Care Robots

Personal care robots perform actions that improve the quality of life for humans (excluding medical applications). Mobile servant robots are capable of traveling to perform their tasks, such as handling objects or exchanging information. Because they’re intended for non-industrial areas, they’ll be used by untrained people, so safety concerns are paramount.


Common Standards:
• ISO 13482
• IEC/EN/UL/CSA 60335-1
• Machinery and EMC Directives
• IEC 60204-1


Services and Solutions:
• cTUVus mark
• Functional safety review and certification
• Test reports, T-Marks, other international certification to ISO 13482
and IEC/EN 60335-1 as needed
• CE Marking Assistance

Traditional Industrial Robots and Robot Cells

The traditional industrial robot is an actuated mechanism programmable in two or more axes. It has a degree of autonomy, moving within its environment to perform intended tasks. The robot includes the control system and that system’s interface.
A robot cell is a complete system, including the robot, controller and other parts needed to allow the robot to function safely in the work environment, such as guards and conveyors.


Common Standards:
• ANSI/RIA R15.06 Part 1
• ANSI/RIA R15.06 Part 2
• CAN/CSA Z434 Part 1
• CAN/CSA Z434 Part 2
• UL 1740
• ISO 10218-1
• ISO 10218-2
• Machinery and EMC Directives


Services and Solutions:
• cTUVus mark
• Functional safety review and certification
• Field evaluation
• Test reports, certifications, other international certification to ISO 10218-1
and/or ISO 10218-2 for the robot itself or robotic cell
• CE Marking Assistance

Autonomous Mobile Robots

An AMR is a multi-axis system that can independently choose a path based on its environment (as opposed to a predefined path). The robot may also be integrated with an automated attachment. Unlike personal care/mobile servant robots, these robots are intended for industrial use.


Common Standards
• ANSI/RIA R15.06
• UL 1740
• CAN/CSA Z434
• UL 3100
• ISO 10218-1
• Machinery and EMC Directives


Services and Solutions
• cTUVus mark
• Functional safety review and certification
• Field evaluation
• Test reports, T-Marks, other international certification as needed
• CE Marking Assistance

Collaborative Robots

A collaborative robot is designed for direct interaction with a human in a defined collaborative workspace. Specifically, such a workspace is defined as the area in which a robot and human can perform tasks concurrently during a production operation. (These are defined in ANSI/RIA R15.06 and ISO/TS 15066.) Collaborative robots are one of the hottest areas in the robotics field, projected to grow more than 50% annually.


Common Standards:
• ANSI/RIA R15.06
• RIA/TR R15.606
• RIA/TR R15.806
• UL 1740
• CAN/CSA Z434
• ISO 10218-1
• ISO 10218-2
• ISO/TS 15066
• Machinery and EMC Directives


Services and Solutions
• Test reports and potential certification in accordance with ANSI/RIA R15.06
• Test reports and certification to UL 1740
• Test reports and potential certification in accordance with CAN/CSA Z434
• Evaluation of collaborative robot cells in accordance with RIA/TR R15.806 and RIA/TR R15.606
• Test reports for robot cells in accordance with ISO 10218-2
• Test reports for collaborative robot cells in accordance with ISO/TS 15066
• CE Marking Assistance

Automated Guided Vehicles

An AGV is any battery-operated industrial truck or service vehicle that is operated autonomously – that is, without a driver. In contrast with mobile or service robots, an AGV relies on a guidance structure – radio, wire, markers and the like – to regulate its movement. These vehicles are most frequently used in warehouses and factories to transport materials.


Common Standards

• UL 583
• ANSI/ITSDF B56.1
• ANSI/ITSDF B56.5
• ANSI/NFPA 505
• UL 3100
• EN 1175-1
• EN/ISO 3691-4
• Machinery and EMC Directives


Services and Solutions
• cTUVus mark
• Functional safety review and certification
• Field evaluation
• Test reports, certifications, other international certification as needed to ISO 3691-4, EN 1175-1
• CE Marking Assistance

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Worldwide automation and robot safety solutions. Bring our expertise to your project.

Worldwide automation and robot safety solutions. Bring our expertise to your project.

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