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Robot Safety Expert Joins Universal Robots

Roberta Nelson Shea

Universal Robots has hired Roberta Nelson Shea as Global Technical Compliance Officer.

Mogens Saigal, Universal Robots R&D Director, said, "Roberta Nelson Shea is a great asset and a strong voice within the field of robot safety. We are both proud and excited that she is now part of our company.

"With our technology advancements, there is growing potential to safely combine the power and precision of robots with the creative and problem-solving ability of humans. Technical standards and specifications are always lagging behind technological change. But earlier this year, the ISO Committee published a new technical specification, which opened up many opportunities for the whole industry.

"These specifications are an important first step in providing guidelines on cobot safety and risk assessments - a topic that Universal Robots will continue to pioneer and drive - now working in tandem with Roberta Nelson Shea. She will also teach and advise our staff and distributors on robot safety and risk assessment in general."

"My overall mission is to demystify robots and make sure that the deployment barriers are broken down," said Shea. "I am an advocate of global harmonization of safety requirements to reduce costs of designs, manufacturing and compliance."

Shea has a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering and a Masters of Engineering in advanced safety engineering and management. She has been selected as one of the top 100 Women in Safety by ASSE. Her curriculum vitae encompasses management positions at Rockwell Automation, Symbotic LLC, Applied Manufacturing Technologies, Pilz Automation Safety L.P., Honeywell and Procter & Gamble Manufacturing Company.

Shea spent the past 23 years as the Chair (now Chair Emeritus) of ANSI/RIA R15.06 Robot Safety Committee that develops and defines technical standards for industrial robots. The latest R15.06 edition is a U.S. adoption of ISO 10218-1 and -2.

Shea will spend much of her time at the Universal Robots headquarters in Odense, Denmark.

For more information contact:

Universal Robots USA

5430 Data Court, Suite 300

Ann Arbor, MI


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