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Proposal: ISO/NP TS 25213 – Robotics — Test methods for measuring the energy consumption of robots — 6-Axis articulated industrial robots

Please visit: ISO/NP TS 25213

Comment period end date:27/06/2024


This document specifies methods of measuring energy consumption for a 6- axis, articulated, industrial robot for typical applications. It further specifies the conditions for the measurements and how the results of the measurements are presented.

This document does not apply to service robots, medical, SCARA, AMRs, and DELTA robots.


Economic Market Value

Setting energy efficiency standards today will mitigate tomorrow’s surge in energy consumption and reduce the cost for end users. Today there are 3,48 million industrial robots in the field, and the market is expected to grow by 11,52% CAGR by 2030 [5] [6]. At the same time, global energy prices are high and there has been an increase in scarcity [7]. To ensure that companies can continue to operate while lowering the impact of the global energy crisis, it means that production, and therefore industrial robots, need to become more energy efficient which means there needs to be a method to compare and evaluate.

Environmental Market Value A standardized method would allow a cleaner path to create an Environmental Product Declaration (EPDs). EPDs are third-party verified Life Cycle Assessments, based on ISO 14025 which evaluates the environmental impact of a product or a service. End users (defined as the companies that use a robot) have started to request this document for an industrial robot, and this is challenging for manufacturers (defined as companies that produce a robot) to calculate the EPD in a transparent way without a standardized method to evaluate the energy consumption, which often has the largest environmental impact.

In addition, a standardized method would allow end users and manufactures to measure the environmental impact through the Greenhouse Gas Protocol (GHG Protocol) [4]. It’s recommended that companies reduce their direct (Scope 1 and Scope 2) and indirect (scope 3) emissions by evaluating what they have today and establishing targets for the next few years. To estimate the environmental impact from the robot’s use phase and set new targets, there should be a standardized method to evaluate the average energy consumed.

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