Challenges for collaborative robotics

Home > The news of EUROGIP and occupational risks in Europe > Challenges for collaborative robotics

On 30 September last, the Directorate General for Enterprise (Direction Générale des Entreprises, DGE) and industry associations SYMOP and FIM held a technical seminar on the subject of “collaborative robotics and industry” within the framework of the plan for the “Industry of the future for industrial France”, and in particular the robotics plan, the equivalent of Germany’s Industry 4.0 plan.

To develop the collaborative robotics market, it is essential to meet numerous challenges such as development of the appropriate technologies (e.g. improvement of human detection technologies, static and dynamic obstacle avoidance strategies, software aspects of safe operation issues), or again acceptance by operators and psychosocial risk management.

It is from this safety perspective that the international standards (ISO 10218-1 and 2), which were produced in order to help robot manufacturers and automated system manufacturers respectively achieve the safety objectives stipulated by the regulations, will soon be revised.

The stated objectives of the Tech Day were to bring together robot manufacturers and industrial firms in order to compare the technologies on offer with the needs of various fields, to organize the market, etc. and to thus allow industrial firms and potential customers to discuss their needs. This seminar also proposed to investigate the challenges and prospects for collaborative robotics, and in particular the current limits of collaborative technologies, and the sectors of industry which could benefit from using this type of technology, as of now, but also over the coming years.

Discover other news

Community news


BusinessEurope’s position on teleworking and the right to disconnect

On 25 June, BusinessEurope responded to the European Commission's consultation on the right to disconnect, pointing out that over-regulation could hamper the growth and benefits of teleworking and arguing for minimal EU intervention, leaving Member States, social partners and companies to develop their own policies.



GERMANY: The importance of reporting traumatic events at work

A colleague falls off a ladder. A nurse is stopped and threatened. A train driver hits a cyclist crossing the tracks at high speed. These incidents can cause trauma and feelings of fear, powerlessness and guilt. They need to be reported in order to provide support for those affected.



AUSTRIA: More accidents at work and on the way to work in 2023

According to data published by the Austrian Social insurance for occupational injuries (AUVA) in mid-June, 145,748 claims were registered last year, broken down as follows 29,866 accidents (at work and and students), 13,062 commuting accidents and 2,820 cases of occupational diseases. While the number of accidents (at work and on the way to work) has increased, the number of occupational diseases has decreased compared to 2022.