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More than sixty global experts from the world of Robotics will meet in Mullingar this week for a key meeting which will pave the way for the introduction of robots into our manufacturing landscape.

The National Standards Authority of Ireland will host the International Robotics Standards Committee for their 12th meeting worldwide. The Robotics Standards Committee operates within the International Standards Organisation (ISO), and has been tasked with revising the ISO standards for industrial robots. 

Since the installation of the first industrial robot in the 1970s, the sector has continuously expanded into new markets and developed new applications. The focus in the midlands this week will be on ‘industrial safety’, a key aspect of robotics standards.

Industrial robots have, until recently, operated in a secure workspace protected from human interference. The revision of new safety standards will allow for robot and human collaboration in the workplace, making it safe for humans and robots to work side by side in a safe environment.

Mullingar was the chosen location for the international meeting as Irish Manufacturing Research have a base there and are already working in the areas of human-robot interaction, safety considerations and standards.

“I want to wish committee members every success in preparing this important standard. Embracing Innovation and Technological Change is one of the key pillars of the Government’s Future Jobs Strategy. NSAI is proud to be at the forefront of this.

Geraldine Larkin NSAI Chief Executive

As Chairman of the Irish National Steering Committee on Collaborative Robotics, it is a particular pleasure to welcome the International Robotics Standards Committee to the Midlands Region.  The work on this standard represents a significant milestone.

Dr Andrew Lynch IMR’s Chief Innovation and Network Officer

The meeting which opens on Monday 11th November at the Mullingar Park Hotel, will be attended by industry experts, users of robots such as Honda, manufacturers of robots, systems integrators, academics and others.


Industrial robots have been a part of manufacturing for many years and Standards in the area of robotics are well established.  With advancements in technology and ICT a dedicated International Standards Technical Committee was created to focus on robotics standards.

Collaborative Robots (Robots working side by side with humans) are ready to become part of the factory workforce but there exists a need to improve the Standards to complete their introduction to the workforce.

Service Robots and Personal Care Robots are getting prepared to become part of our society and the ISO standards are being developed to ensure a safe environment.

The National Mirror Committee for Robots, Cobots and Robotics, NSAI/TC 49/SC 03, is fully engaged with the International Standards Technical Committee, ISO/TC 299 in the revision of existing International Standards.


NSAI’s Fergal Finn is available for interview. To arrange please contact:

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