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Did you know that the theme of this year’s World Standards Day is ‘International Standards and the Fourth Industrial Revolution’? This refers to standards being used for new technologies, such as 3D printing, the internet of things and robots.  A standard is an agreed way of doing things, and harmonizes technical specifications of products and services. Standards make the world safer, cleaner and more efficient. From financial services to kids’ toys, ISO standards touch almost everything we do.

Some examples of important standards that we see in action every day are:

  • ISO/IEC 7810: 2003 ensure that all ATM cards can be used worldwide. 
  • ISO/TR 8124 ensures that toys are safe for children to play with and provide guidelines for age appropriateness.

Some examples of important standards that robots use are:

  • ISO/TS 15066 ensures that robots and humans can work together safely. It ensures that sharp edges and protrusions are minimised and that robots don’t accidently bump into humans.
  • ISO 13482: 2014 helps to make robots are safe when they are helping around the house with chores.

Get Involved And Win a Robot Arm For Your Class

As part of World Standards Day 2018, we invite children to draw a friendly and safe robot. The most creative entry will win a robot hand for their class at school.

To be in with a chance to win, design your robot in the entry form . Dont forget to mention one standard that the robot will  need, so that it is safe to use. All  entries must be sent to the National Standards Authority, Swift Square, Northwood, Dublin. 9 or emailed to by November, 30th, 2018.

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