New standard for Robot - based Automation Systems

Publication date: 09.11.2013

Author: 3-A SSI

3-A Sanitary Standards, Inc. (3-A SSI) invites participation in the development of a new standard to address the hygienic fabrication criteria and use of industrial robot systems with an emphasis on use of such systems in food processing, preparation, or distribution, or other applications or industries where process equipment cleaning and sanitization is equired.  This standard addresses the robot and ancillary robotic system equipment, including but not limited to end-of-arm tooling (EOAT), tool changers, and robot dressing.

Robotics equipment manufacturers, system integrators, A&E design specialists, food processors and regulatory sanitarians at the federal and state levels cite several factors for the need for this project:

- Substantial dairy industry category growth is expected in yogurt, cheese, ice cream, flavored milk/other milk drinks, and other beverage products.

- Robotics manufacturers have interest in supplying this growing market with 'food grade'  equipment which is made of compatible materials, designed for sanitizing and cleaning to a microbiological level, inspectible, and properly installed, consistent with uniform regulatory
inspection requirements in different jurisdictions.

The FDA has promulgated proposed rules, "Current Good Manufacturing Practice and Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls," under comprehensive new food safety legislation, the Food Safety Modernization Act.  These rules contain significant requirements regarding the construction, installation, validation and operation of food processing equipment.  All food processors will be required to maintain written plans which document the preventive controls. This standard for hygienic design of robotics equipment will assist food processors in documenting effective preventive controls.

There are no dues or fees for participation in this activity. For information on how to participate on the standard development committee, contact Eric Schweitzer at   

Emails: erics@3-a.org and erics@3-a.org or

Phone: (703) 790-0295, ext. 101.  

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