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Welcome to Episode 44 of The Robot Report Podcast, which brings conversations with robotics innovators straight to you. Join us each week for discussions with leading roboticists, innovative robotics companies, and other key members of the robotics community.
Steve Crowe is out on vacation this week, so it’s a solo show this week.
This week, I spoke with Florian Pestoni and Joe Wieciek about the origins and mission of The Robot Operations Group (affectionately known as RobOPS). This is an informal group where anyone who’s interested in the issues and problems with scaling robot fleets from 10 to thousands of units is invited to join the conversation. The group holds monthly meetups and maintains a discourse server for the group. You’ll find links to these resources on their homepage.
I sit down for a conversation about what it’s like to participate on a standards committee with Mike Bearman from Vecna Robotics. Mike represented Vecna in the creation of the recently released ANSI/RIA R15.08 mobile robotic safety standard. If you’ve always wondered what it’s like to grind through the creation of a standard, then you’ll find this conversation enlightening. We also talk about what it takes to be compliant with R15.08 standard and how Vecna AMRs meet that standard.
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- 0-1:24: Show Intro
- 1:24-28:15: Conversation with Florian Pestoni and Joe Wieciek about the Robot Operations Group
- 28:15-42:30: Conversation with Mike Bearman from Vecna Robotics about participating in the R15.08 standards committee and how Vecna has engineered safety into their product line of autonomous mobile robots.
- 42:30-43:22: Show Outro