Christian Henkel (Pilz GmbH & Co. KG)
The automation company Pilz has released an industrial manipulator PRBT 6. We think that ROS is a key enabling technology for industrial robotic applications. Therefore, we develop our own industrial-level planners and high-quality drivers for our manipulator. In this talk, we want to address how our robot is certifiable under EN ISO 10218-1 to be used with ROS. This is not merely an intricacy of industrial standards; it is an inevitable step towards using ROS in industry. Most market players certify their manipulator combined with their proprietary programming and operation equipment. This makes it a legal grey area to use them with ROS. However, in our system, ROS packages are included in the certification. To our knowledge, this is the first robotics system with ROS as an integral part. which is certifiable as an industrial robotics system. We will explain the meaning for applications with the robot, and how to safely use ROS with it.
Video presented at ROSCon 2019. More details and slides are available at: roscon.ros.org/2019/.