HONG KONG, June 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — On June 13th, 2017, TUV Rheinland was invited to attend “Goods-to-People” AGV Achievement Conference held by CCID and jointly released 2017 White Paper on Development of China’s Robot Industry with CCID Testing and Certification Center Co.,Ltd (hereinafter referred to as “CCID Testing and Certification”).
Xinhua Zhao, vice general manager of Commercial Services of TUV Rheinland Greater China introduced the main content of the White Paper and discussed the development status and trends of China’s robot industry as well as the latest process of testing, inspection and certification, as well as comprehensive safety solutions for China’s robot industry with personages from government administrations, R&D institutions, robot manufacturing corporates present at the conference.
The White Paper firstly affirms China’s global leading position by industrial robot sales, reveals main problems in current development. Finally, by virtue of years of practical experience in robotic testing, inspection and certification of TUV Rheinland and CCID, White Paper suggests multi-dimensional safety and certification solutions to improve quality as well as international image of China’s robot products.
“China’s robot industry is still in its infancy, from the aspect of manufacturing level, and it has not reached the international advanced level. We hope that TUV Rheinland and CCID are able to guide China’s robot manufacturing corporates to a healthy and sustainable development path via identifying problems, seeking opportunities on basis of thorough analysis of the industry, and giving full play of our expertise,” Xinhua Zhao said.
Current status and development trend of China’s robot industry
In recent years, under the effect of rapid expansion of demands and nationally invested innovation policy, a large number of domestic corporates have entered areas of R& D and manufacturing in robot industry. Currently, China’s industrial robot industry has formed five industrial clusters, namely, Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei region, the Northeast region, Yangtze River Delta, Pearl River Delta of China and Central region. From 2013, China has become the global top country on industrial robot sales. To speed up the development of robot industry and build a powerful nation of robots will be a strategic task for China to vigorously promote Made in China 2025.
As predicted by the International Federation of Robotics, in the future three years, China will dominate in the global industrial robot market with rapid growth, and till 2019, sales of China’s industrial robots will reach 160,000 units, accounting for 40% of the global sales.
Testing, Inspection and certification process of China’s robot industry
In order to steadily enhance the product quality of robots, promote healthy and orderly development of the industry, Chinese government began to build robotic testing, inspection and certification system and encouraged to conduct testing, inspection and certification activities in the form of alliances to support sustained, healthy and orderly development of China’s robot industry. In November, 2016, the launch of China Robot certification system marked that China has officially established robotic testing, inspection and certification system to ensure the safety of China’s industrial robots.
The National Robotic Standardization Group of China will undertake the domestic robotic standardization strategy and promote the work, coordinating technical contents of the relevant national standards and technical management, and begin to develop Guidelines for the construction of national robot standard system (2016) and White Paper of China’s robot standardization jointly with many departments.
Main problems in the development of China’s robot industry and safety solutions
When releasing White Paper, Xinhua Zhao said that even though China’s robot industry has won some remarkable achievements, compared with the industrially advanced countries, there are still some problems, including long-term dependence on imports for key components, incomplete industrial standards, etc. which seriously restricts the healthy and rapid development of the industry. Moreover, due to lack of standards, the product quality of China’s robots is uneven. In the meantime, industrial robots are applied into highly precise production, and it still requires human operators to participate in robotic manufacturing process, and thus, how to ensure the operational safety of robots will be of particular importance.
TUV Rheinland and CCID have rich experience in the robotic testing, inspection and certification field. We are dedicated to helping corporates to identify hazards and reduce the risk, thus to ensure the overall safety of robotic products. Xinhua Zhao introduced the safety and performance requirements of the robots from six aspects and elaborated on TUV Rheinland and CCID’s solutions and suggestions:
Machine safety solutions to ensure the application danger of robots to the minimum level
Due to its own characteristics and application environment, the risk of robot is relatively high, and safety is extremely important. In terms of robotic safety, with 140 years of professional third-party testing, inspection and certification experience, TUV Rheinland can help robot related corporates to comprehensively understand relevant international and domestic technical standards, cultivating professional robotic technical talents, evaluating design schemes and identifying the hazards and risks for the products as well as those for coordination with other machines, systems, materials and software, to ensure the safety of the products during the design and manufacturing segment from the aspects involving professional course training, design evaluation, sample inspection, site safety evaluation and so on.
Meanwhile, TUV Rheinland can provide local services with numerous technical experts who are familiar with the international standards and national standards, which can not only help corporate understand the certification requirement for robotic products in the foreign market, but also obtain certification and politic regulations for robotic products in China market, which will bring more benefits for robotic technical upgrading and product development for plants.
Multiple advanced EMC laboratories to ensure the safety of electromagnetic compatibility for robots
As most of the robot systems adopt variable frequency driving components (will produce relatively large electromagnetic interference) with other digital circuit, it is relatively difficult to pass through the test projects involving conduction disturbance and radiation disturbance under EN 61000-6-4 standard.
In order to pass through this test, TUV Rheinland suggests that factories shall lay emphasis on whether these key components can meet the requirements of the above mentioned electromagnetic compatibility standard when purchasing or designing the key components. TUV Rheinland has EMC laboratories equipped with advanced test instrument in many cities in China, with a full set of field test instruments applicable for large-sized robotic products.
The world’s first robotic cable standard from the third-party institute to ensure the safety of the robotic cables
In August 2016, TUV Rheinland pioneered the development and issued the world’s first robotic cable standard from the third-party institute – 2 PfG 2577, which made systemic stipulation for physical, mechanical and electrical properties for robotic cables. It not only expressly put forward the requirements for R&D of robotic cables for cable manufacturers, significantly reducing R&D costs for cable manufacturers, but also providing direct and reliable reference for considering the ability of suppliers, controlling the product quality of suppliers for cable manufacturers
TUV Rheinland’s functional safety certificates are included in the tender requirements by international purchasers
Functional safety is the analysis of the whole life cycle of a product, which shall be considered in each segment involving design, manufacturing, application and maintenance. In addition to the robots and their components, as a part of robotic safety system, robotic peripheral products shall also be considered and imported with functional safety. How to make the products meet the requirement of safety and integrity class in the whole life cycle has become the focus of attention throughout the industry.
The world-renown buyers have proposed the requirements towards functional safety on procurement, as the international authority of certification EU officially authorized, the functional safety certificates of TUV Rheinland have become one of the tender requirements for international purchasers. TUV Rheinland suggests developing and designing robotic systems based on the standards and specifications of IEC 61508, IEC 62061, ISO 13849, ISO 10218 and ISO / TS 15066, to ensure the functional safety.
Technical experts authorized by ATEX and IECEx to ensure explosion-proof safety of robots
When a robot needs to be used in explosive or environment with explosive risk, it must be equipped with explosion-proof safety function to avoid explosions. TUV Rheinland explosion-proof safety certification department is the largest institution specialized in ATEX and IECEx international explosion-proof certification with offices in Beijing, Shanghai and Taipei. It has more than ten experienced technical experts and auditors who are authorized by ATEX and IECEx, who can effectively help customers shorten certification cycle, thus to save cost.
Go global with China Robot certificate
In November 2016, four ministries including the national development and Reform Commission, General Administration of quality inspection, the Ministry of industry and Certification and Accreditation Administration of the People’s Republic of China have issued the mark of China Robot certification system and CCID Testing and Certification Co., Ltd was designated as corporate operation platform for conducting robot testing business. In addition to the normal testing, inspection and certification projects, CCID Testing and Certification and TUV Rheinland has jointly launched a variety of value-added services, including mechanical and electrical safety training, issuing China Mark certificate of TUV Rheinland to those corporates obtaining China Robot certificate, as well as further issuing international CE certificates for the corporates which met the requirements to help the products to go global.
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