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Aaron Prather

Director, Robotics & Autonomous Systems Program, ASTM International

As the Director of Robotics and Autonomous Systems Program at ASTM International, I have years of experience in leading and supporting the growth and expansion of the robotics industry through standardization, workforce development, and research efforts. I have a strong background in R&D management, team building, and operations management, as well as a master's degree in business administration and a bachelor's degree in geographic information science.

In my current role, I work with researchers, manufacturers, integrators, and end users to develop support structures that speed up deployments regardless of industry. I also assist the F45 Committee on Robotics, Automation, and Autonomous Systems, which is responsible for creating and maintaining standards and best practices for the robotics sector. My mission is to help the robotics community achieve greater efficiency, safety, quality, and innovation through collaboration and knowledge sharing.


Safety in Mobile Industrial Robotics: Principles and Use Cases | Tuesday, October 10, 2023 - 2:30 PM

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Adam Haroz

Director of Engineering, Conversion Technology Inc

Adam Haroz, EIT is the Director of Engineering at Conversion Technology Inc., an environmental and safety engineering consulting firm in Norcross, GA. He has a bachelor’s od Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, San Diego. He is a member of the ANSI/A3 R15.06 and R15.08 rulemaking committees and a member of the OSHA/NIOS/A3 alliance. He has vast knowledge and experience in robotics safety and conducting robot system risk assessments. He has also assisted numerous industrial facilities in the safe design of robotics and automation systems as well as safeguard selection and implementation.


From Insight to Action: Equipping OSHA with Robot Safety | Monday, October 09, 2023 - 4:00 PM

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Bill Edwards

Sr. Manager, Collaborative Robotics, Yaskawa Motoman

 33 years of experience in Engineering Management, Project Management, and Industrial Control Systems Design and Application. 
Member of ISO and ANSI Industrial Robot and Industrial Mobile Robot Safety committees. Currently Serving as Vice Chair of R15.06


Safety in Collaborative Industrial Robotics: Principles and Use Cases | Tuesday, October 10, 2023 - 10:30 AM

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Bruce Main

President, Design Safety Engineering, Inc.

Bruce W. Main, PE CSP, is the president of design safety engineering, inc.  Mr. Main holds mechanical engineering degrees from MIT and the University of Michigan, and an MBA also from the University of Michigan.  He is a member and/or chair of several national and international industry committees on risk assessment and safety of machinery including ANSI B11.0 and ISO 12100.  He is also a technical advisor to, and the primary representative to the B11 Committee on behalf of, PMMI the Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies. 

Mr. Main is a member of several professional engineering and safety organizations having authored numerous articles, papers, and books.


Safety in Conventional Industrial Robotics: Principles and Use Cases | Tuesday, October 10, 2023 - 8:45 AM

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Carole Franklin

Director of Standards Development, Robotics, Association for Advancing Automation

Carole Franklin is the Director of Standards Development, Robotics, for the Association for Advancing Automation (A3). She leads A3’s standards development activities in developing the ANSI and ISO Robot Safety Standards. Before joining RIA, Carole spent over four years with management consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton, where she led projects on business process improvement, internal communications, and executive communications. Prior to Booz Allen, Carole worked for Ford Motor Company for ten years in the market research department, where she led consumer research projects and tracking studies. Carole holds BA and MBA degrees from the University of Michigan.


The Global Landscape: International Mobile Robot Safety Standards | Wednesday, October 11, 2023 - 1:00 PM

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Chris Soranno

Safety Standards & Competence Manager, SICK

Chris Soranno is a Functional Safety Expert in Machinery Safety (TÜV Rheinland) and has been dedicated to industrial safety his entire career.  During this time, he has worked for manufacturers, distributors and integrators of safety components and systems.  Chris has experience working with equipment suppliers, integrators and users in diverse global applications.

As the Safety Standards and Competence Manager for the SICK organization, Chris is responsible for regional and global safety competency and directing safety standardization work for the Americas.

Mr. Soranno is an active member of numerous standards committees in North America, including industrial robot standards RIA R15.06, CSA Z434 and UL 1740, as well as vice chair of the industrial mobile robot standard RIA R15.08.  Chris has been a long time contributor to SPI B151 standards for the plastics industry and ASSE Z244 for control of hazardous energy, as well as a member of many B11 subcommittees for machinery safety.  Mr. Soranno is the chairperson of ANSI B11.19 (performance criteria for risk reduction measures) and ANSI B11.20 (integrating machinery into a system).  Internationally, he is also a member of ISO technical committees for robotics, industrial trucks, plastics and rubber machines, metal forming machines, and safety of machinery – including project leader for the ongoing revision of ISO 11161 for integrated manufacturing systems as well as the new project ISO 12895 addressing whole body access.


Mobile Robot Safety: The New R15.08 – Part 2 | Monday, October 09, 2023 - 2:15 PM
Global Updates for Determining Separation Distances for Safeguards | Wednesday, October 11, 2023 - 2:00 PM

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Chuck Pitzer

Director, Hardware Engineering, Zebra Robotics Automation

Chuck Pitzer is the Director of Hardware Engineering for Zebra Robotics Automation with ten years of experience in the robotics industry. He is responsible for the Zebra portfolio of robotics hardware platform's mechanical, electrical, and safety development as well as sustaining activities.  He interfaces with the robotics systems and navigation teams to provide guidance for the development of the Zebra Robotics fleet manager (Symmetry aka Fetchcore), navigation stack, and safety controller.  He is a voting member of the ANSI R15.08 Industrial Mobile Robot Safety Committee and ensures that the robots that Zebra Robotics produces conform to this high quality standard.


Safety in Mobile Industrial Robotics: Principles and Use Cases | Tuesday, October 10, 2023 - 2:30 PM

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Claude Dinsmoor

Vice President - Robotics Research & Development, FANUC America Corporation

Claude Dinsmoor is Vice President for Robotics Research and Development for FANUC America, the largest supplier of industrial robots in North America. He is responsible for global paint robot development - mechanical, electrical, software and paint process development for the FANUC group. He is also responsible for all robot software development in the US. This includes developments in all areas of robotics technology (full stack) including – motion control, programming software, operating systems, UX, safety rated machine software, machine vision, machine learning, simulation, industrial networking, cybersecurity, and cloud based predictive and analytics communications products.  He is a member of the US R15.06 robot/human safety standards committee, is a member and past chair of the A3 Standards Development committee and helps represent the US in ISO WG3 robot safety standards activities. Claude is a past senior advisor to the World Economic Forum (WEF) working group on Advanced Manufacturing, focusing on the global response to COVID and automation.


PANEL DISCUSSION: Getting Started with Robot Safety | Monday, October 09, 2023 - 8:30 AM

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Courtney Frost

Occupational Safety and Health Specialist, OSHA

Courtney Frost is an Occupational Safety and Health Specialist at the U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration. She has worked for OSHA for over 13 years and is currently working for the Directorate of Enforcement Programs, Office of General Industry and Agricultural Enforcement out of OSHA’s National Office located in Washington, D.C. Before transitioning to the National Office, Courtney was a Compliance of Safety and Health Officer (CSHO) for 12 ½ years in OSHA’s Pittsburgh Area Office. Prior to joining OSHA, Courtney spent two years working in the private sector as a Safety Professional for a large retail grocer, covering four warehousing and distribution centers. Courtney earned a Master of Science in Occupational Safety and Health from Columbia Southern University, and a Bachelor of Science in Safety Management from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania. Courtney maintains the certification as a Certified Safety Professional (CSP).


An OSHA Perspective on Industrial Robot Safety | Tuesday, October 10, 2023 - 4:15 PM

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Craig Salvalaggio

President, Applied Manufacturing Technologies

Craig Salvalaggio is a dynamic leader and the driving force behind the success of Applied Manufacturing Technologies (AMT). Starting at AMT as a robotics software engineer in 2003, Craig worked his way up the ranks to become Vice President of Engineering, Vice President of Operations, Chief Operating Officer, and finally, President as of May of 2023.  In his current role, Craig oversees all aspects of operations, including sales, engineering, and talent management. His extensive technical expertise in automation and robotics, combined with his exceptional leadership abilities, has propelled him to his current role.  Having climbed the ladder in all aspects of AMT’s business, Craig possesses a deep understanding of the company’s operations and clients. With a strategic vision for growth and inclusivity, Craig is dedicated to expanding and diversifying both AMT’s systems and services market segments. Drawing from more than two decades of experience in automation, he brings invaluable knowledge and insights to the company.  Beyond his integral role within AMT, Craig assumes an active and influential presence within the Association for Advancing Automation (A3). Serving as a Robotics Tech Sector board member, RIA Membership Committee participant, and co-chair of the RIA Certified Integrator Program Committee reflects Craig’s deep commitment to advancing the field of robotics.   Craig holds a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Lake Superior State University, as well as a Master of Science in Operations Management and an MBA from Kettering University.  Craig is an expert speaker and panelist on topics such as emerging technologies, culture and talent management, and has authored dozens of publications to further the industry's progression on knowledge sharing and technology advancement.


The Important Role of System Integrators in Robot Safety | Monday, October 09, 2023 - 3:15 PM
Safety in Mobile Industrial Robotics: Principles and Use Cases | Tuesday, October 10, 2023 - 2:30 PM

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Jamison Harrell-Latham

Senior Safety Engineer, Amazon

Jamison Harrell-Latham is a Senior Safety Engineer for the Global Safety Engineering team at Amazon. He supports safe design and implementation of automation / robotics and machinery within the Amazon Robotics Sortable and Non Sortable Fulfillment Centers in North America. His current responsibilities include machinery safety compliance, machine risk assessments, functional safety compliance and safe integration into existing operations. Jamison has been an active member of A3 Standards Committees for R15.06, R15.08 and OSHA Alliance for the past 5 years. He was recently appointed as Team Lead for the drafting of new R15.08 Part 3 for Users. He also lead the updates for the new OSHA's Technical Manual Chapter 4 for Robot Safety along with facilitating the inaugural Robot Safety Training for OSHA Enforcement and NIOSH at Automate 2023.    Jamison graduated from Murray Safety University with a Bachelor's of Science in Occupational Safety and Health. Jamison holds a Certified Safety Professional designation and the B11 Licensed Machinery Safety Specialist certification.

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Jeff Fryman

Principal Consultant, Association for Advancing Automation

Jeff Fryman is a retired United States Air Force officer. His 21-year career included eleven years’ experience as a Program Manager overseeing technical training programs.

For a second career, Jeff joined the Robotic Industries Association as their Director of Standards Development until his retirement in 2013. His 17-years at the RIA saw him responsible for the development of both the 1999 and 2012 editions of the ANSI/RIA R15.06 American National Standard for Industrial Robot Safety. He was also responsible for organizing the annual National Robot Safety Conference and numerous smaller safety events. In his roll at RIA, Jeff developed curricula for robot safety training, and taught hundreds of classes featuring the R15.06 methodology for conducting Risk Assessment. He also assisted in consulting on Risk Assessment and Robot Safety, and continues in his training roll with the association.

Internationally, Jeff was the Convener for ISO TC184/SC2 WG3, the committee responsible for developing the ISO 10218-1 and -2 International Standards for Industrial Robot Safety. Domestically, Jeff was the Vice-chair for the ANSI/ASSE Z244.1 committee; the standard for Control of Hazardous Energy – Lockout/Tagout and Alternative Methods. He has also been involved in other standards development efforts including the Canadian Standards Association committees for Robot Safety and Hazardous Energy Control; the Underwriters’ Laboratories Standards Technical Panel for UL1740 (robot safety); AMT and B11 Inc. ANSI Accredited Standards Committee for Safety of Machines – B11; and an advisor to the American Welding Society’s D16 committee for robotic welding.

Outside interests include all aspects of railroad operations. His model railroading activities include standards development and participation in regional and national events. And finally, Jeff never denies “going around in circles”; particularly when he is doing volunteer work for a railway museum where he is a qualified antique trolley operator.

Jeff resides in Saline, Michigan; outside of Ann Arbor.


Introduction to Robot Risk Assessment | Wednesday, October 11, 2023 - 10:00 AM

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Jeff Pratt

Senior Corp EHS Engineer, Crown

Jeff Pratt is an EHS engineer who cares about his people, with a portion of his career dedicated to using robotics to protect our most valuable resources, our people! Crown Equipment Corporation's Senior Corporate Environmental, Health, and Safety Engineer, Jeff has over three decades of overall EHS experience. Jeff oversees Crown's Global EHS programs, and auditing, and participates in various EHS projects, most notably leading Crown's risk assessment process and Serious Injury and Fatality (SIF) risk reduction commitments. Jeff is an expert Power Industrial truck trainer and peer EHS educator. Outside of Crown, Jeff participates on several EHS committees, the Association for Advancing Automation A3-R15.06 for Industrial Fixed and Collaborative Robots, the A3/OSHA/NIOSH alliance committee, the U.S. Technical Advisory Group to ISO Technical Committee 299, A3 Robotics Standards Development Committee (SDC), and Jeff now Chairs the A3-R15.08 committee, after the beginning of Part 2 addressing how to take a robot, or a system, or a fleet of these robots and integrate that into a customer's site and create a safely functioning system of industrial mobile robots.  Before joining Crown, Jeff worked in the Recreational Vehicle industry in Material Handling leadership, and his role grew into owning the Environmental, Health, and Safety responsibilities over three sites. Jeff holds two college degrees: an Associate in Technical Studies from Wright State University (Design Engineering, Microcomputers, & Management) and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (specializing in Human Resources) from Indiana Institute of Technology.  A published safety author, husband, and father of three college students, Jeff is enthusiastic about preventing injuries.


What’s at Stake: What You Need to Know About Robotics and Safety – and Why | Monday, October 09, 2023 - 8:00 AM
Introduction to Industrial Mobile Robot Safety | Monday, October 09, 2023 - 1:30 PM

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Leonardo Sanchez

BDM for Machinery Safety, Wieland Electric

Leonardo Sanchez is a machine safety professional with more than 25 years of experience. Holding an electrical engineer degree, and the certification as Functional Safety Expert for Machinery granted by TUV Rheinland Germany, (286/17).  there are only 19 people globally with this level of certification. Mr sanchez has deep knowledge over  OSHA, ANSI, NFPA, ISO, and IEC Standards related to electrical and machinery safety, Assessor for corporate companies in different segments such as pharmaceutical, food and beverage, pulp and paper, automotive, as well as support for machine builders and safety solutions integration companies in Europe, United States, and Latin America.


PANEL DISCUSSION: The State of Robotic Safety in Mexico | Wednesday, October 11, 2023 - 8:45 AM

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Lorenzo Nava

CTO, Inxpect SPA

Lorenzo Nava is CTO and Head of Functional Safety Management at Inxpect. Inxpect is an Italian company that designs radar devices and created the first SIL2/PLd radar safety device for industrial applications. He’s responsible for the safety design of the devices and coordinates the development activities of safety products. He is a certified TUV Rheinland Functional Safety Engineer and is part of the IEC TC 44 and TC 65 working actively at IEC 61508, IEC 6149-5, IEC 62046 and IEC 62998. He is also part of ISO/TC 299 /WG 3 which covers industrial robots safety.

Prior career experience includes R&D development and management activities for companies operating in the image processing sector. Lorenzo is originally from Italy where he is currently living. Hobbies include hiking and rock climbing.


A Case Study on the Application of Radar Protective Device (RPD) to Mobile Robots: Design, Validation, and Testing | Wednesday, October 11, 2023 - 1:30 PM

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Mark Lewandowski

Robotics Network Innovation Leader, Procter & Gamble

Mark Lewandowski is the Director of Robotics Innovation in Global Engineering for Procter & Gamble. He has 30 years of machine controls, robotics, and machine safety experience with Procter & Gamble in high speed converting, packaging, and robotics applications. Mark leads the Robotics Innovation group for the P&G Robotics Technical Network that is chartered to develop standard approaches for robotics technology throughout P&G and is responsible for identifying new and innovative robotic technologies to leverage within the company.

Mark is also a member of the Robotic Industries Association (RIA) Board of Directors and participates in several industry standard development groups for robotics and machine safety.


PANEL DISCUSSION: Getting Started with Robot Safety | Monday, October 09, 2023 - 8:30 AM
How To Use R15.08 Annex C | Wednesday, October 11, 2023 - 2:00 PM

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Marvin Winrich

Senior Functional Safety Engineer, Rockwell Automation

Marvin Winrich is a Senior Functional Safety Engineer at Rockwell Automation - Safety Services (17 years)

Responsibilities include robotics / automation on-site safety compliance audits to national and international safety standards, “CE” European Community safety compliance, functional safety validations, risk assessments and safety seminars.  

Prior to joining Rockwell, Marvin was 28 years at Underwriters Laboratories (UL); global corporate contact for robotics / AGVs, development and interpretation of safety requirements / test programs to relevant US and international standards. 

- Co-author ANSI UL 1740, Standard for Safety - Robots and Robotic Equipment (referenced by OSHA & RIA R15.06) 
- Active member of committees for development of safety Standards: 
- Association for Advancement of Automation (A3): Robots and Robot Systems, RIA R15.06 (1985 - current)
- Association for Advancement of Automation (A3): Industrial Mobile Robots, RIA R15.08 (2016 - current)   
- Underwriters Laboratories: Robots and Robotic Equipment, UL 1740 (1994 - current) 
- Underwriters Laboratories: Automated Mobile Platforms, UL 3100 (2018 - current)
- National Fire Protection Association: Electrical Equipment of Industrial Machinery, NFPA 79 (1986 - 2004)  
- Frequent presenter of robot safety case studies at International Robot Safety Conferences, hosted by the Association for Advancement of Automation (A3) (previously the Robotic Industries Association [RIA]) 
- MS Management; MS Electrical Engineering; BS Electrical Engineering


Robot Workcell for Aluminum Die Casting of Electric Vehicle Components | Wednesday, October 11, 2023 - 1:30 PM

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Maximiliano Guajardo

Safety Machinery Manager, KOPAR

10 years of experience on safety solutions as safety certified consultant and project manager in Mexico. Providing safety services to the industry such as: Risk Assessment, Remediations and Validations in Mexico, USA, and LATAM. 


PANEL DISCUSSION: The State of Robotic Safety in Mexico | Wednesday, October 11, 2023 - 8:45 AM

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Melonee Wise

CTO, Agility Robotics

Melonee Wise is the CTO of Agility Robotics. Melonee has a deep history in developing autonomous robots and advancing the robotics industry as we know it today. Prior to joining Agility in 2023, Melonee was the Vice President of Robotics Automation at Zebra Technologies. She was CEO of Fetch Robotics until its acquisition by Zebra Technologies in 2021. Melonee was the second employee at Willow Garage where she led a team of engineers developing next-generation robot hardware and software, including ROS, the PR2, and TurtleBot. Melonee serves as the Chair of the IFR Service Robot Group, as a robotics board member for A3, and on the MHI Roundtable Advisory Committee. Melonee has received many accolades and awards including the MIT Technology Review TR35, Silicon Valley Business Journal’s Women of Influence and 40 Under 40, Supply & Demand Chain Executive’s 2021 Supply Chain Woman of the Year, the 2022 Engelberger award, and as one of eight CEOs changing the way we work by Business Insider. Melonee received a BS in Mechanical Engineering and Physics Engineering and a MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois.


DOE vs. SOE – Deployed Operating Environments Versus the Specified Operating Environments in Mobile Robotics | Wednesday, October 11, 2023 - 10:00 AM

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Octavio Vasquez

Safety Business Manager Development, Latin America, Ross Controls

Octavio Enrique Vasquez is an Electronic Engineer with more than 25 years of experience, the last ten years he dedicates his profession to work focused in functional safety area as a TUV SF Engineer.  He has been a Manager Project Engineer, Maintenance Manager, Production Manager, and Director for Automation and Safety business in an integrator company.  During that process, he has met different industry requirements and different methodologies that today make it as a tool to support various industrial projects.  The technical strength is understanding of the processes and the knowledge of the standards applied to each segment of the industry in which he worked such as:  pharmaceutical, food, drink, paper, and consumer health care. He had capabilities to support and develop projects and business around machinery safety in all phases of the machine life cycle. He has skills and experience in all stages of a functional safety project since risk assessment to validation.  Now He is Safety Business Manager Development Latin America for ROSS Controls. ROSS Controls® is an international manufacturer of pneumatic valves, controls systems, and safety products for the fluid power industry. He is also a part of the following committees:

  • Safety committee AIST (Association for Iron & Steel Technology)
  • Safety committee ISA Mexico
  • Safety committee Smurfit Kappa NA
  • Safety committee Baxter Laboratories


PANEL DISCUSSION: The State of Robotic Safety in Mexico | Wednesday, October 11, 2023 - 8:45 AM

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Otto Görnemann

Chairperson ISO/TC199 and CEN/TC114, SICK AG

Otto Görnemann is manager for machine safety, standards and regulations at the Central Department for Research and Development of SICK AG in Waldkirch, Germany. A long standing  member of technical committees at ISO - IEC - CEN - DIN – AENOR, he is the actual Chairman of ISO/TC199 – Safety of Machinery as well as the Chairman of the European technical committee CEN/TC114 Safety of Machinery. O. Görnemann is visiting lecturer to Technical Schools (Aachen, Bochum, Düsseldorf, Fulda, Heide, etc.) and holds several patents in the field of industrial safety. He is also visiting lecturer to German OSH statutory insurances (Berufsgenossenschaften) and provided lectures to occupational safety authorities in Brazil (Ministry of Labor, Fundacentro), Chile (ACHS) Israel (IIOSH) , Japan (NIOSH) , Singapore (SISO) Colombia (CCS) and CATIM the Portuguese notified body. Otto Görnemann is TÜV certified Functional Safety Expert. FSE (TÜV Rheinland, # 263/16, Machinery).


PANEL DISCUSSION: Robot Safety – A Global View | Tuesday, October 10, 2023 - 8:00 AM
The New Machinery Regulation of the European Union | Wednesday, October 11, 2023 - 8:00 AM

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Robert Bollinger

Owner, Dynamic Horizons Automation Solutions LLC

Bob has over 35 years of experience in the creative application of robotics, collaborative robotics, mobile robotics, and automation technology to solve challenging problems and create business opportunity. Prior to founding Dynamic Horizons, Bob was a Technical Director for Applied Robotics Innovation at Procter & Gamble. There he identified new and innovative robotic technologies to leverage throughout the company. He was also responsible for setting technical direction and deploying global standard approaches for robotics within P&G. Bob is also an active member of several safety standards committees, including industrial robot standards RIA R15.06 the industrial mobile robot standard RIA R15.08.


Introduction of Mobile Safety and Risk Assessment | Wednesday, October 11, 2023 - 8:00 AM
Evaluating the Safety Implications of Modifications to IMRs | Wednesday, October 11, 2023 - 10:45 AM

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Roberta Nelson Shea

Global Technical Compliance Officer, Universal Robots

Responsible for global UR product compliance, risk management, and reducing barriers to acceptance of UR robots for collaborative applications.  Over 45+ years’ experience in automation safety and standardization.
•    Honored as … 
        o    Recipient of the 2023 Joseph F. Engelberger “Nobel Prize of Robotics” award (safety).
        o    Recipient of the 2022 Goddard Alumni Award for Outstanding Professional Achievement by Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester MA USA.
        o    1 of the “Twenty Women Making Their Mark in Robotics & Automation” by Smart Manufacturing (SME) in February 2021.
        o    1 of the “100 Women in Safety in 100 years” by the American Society of Safety Professionals (known then as ASSE) in 2011. One of the 100 Women – Making a Difference in Safety
        o    Chair Emeritus of A3’s standardization activities, awarded in 2016.
        A3 was formerly known as RIA (Robotic Industries Association).
•    Past member of the board of directors of ANSI (American National Standards Institute) and of RIA (now known as A3).
•    National robot safety standardization activities:
        o    Since 1982, the only consistently active robot safety standards expert.
        o    Chair for 23 years of the US Robot Safety Committee (R15.06).  
        o    Active for 45 years in various American National machinery safety standards.
        o    Expert member of the NIOSH/ OSHA/ RIA Alliance.
•    ISO and US national standardization in automation and safety:
        o    Convenor: TC299 WG3 Industrial robotics (ISO 10218 & TS15066).
        o    Convenor: TC299 SG1 Study group on TC299 Robotics structure.
        o    Expert member: TC199 Safety of machinery, TC110/SC2/WG3 Safety of industrial trucks & various IEC working groups.
        o    Expert member in various US and Canadian standards committees: safety, robotics, plastics machinery and IEEE.
•    Certified Functional Safety Engineer (TÜV Rheinland).

BS Mechanical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) with a Masters degree in Advanced Safety Engineering and Management (ASEM) from the University of Alabama Birmingham. 

Before UR, lead Rockwell’s global safety component product management organization. Preceding Rockwell, held leadership positions at Symbotic, AMT and Pilz USA, with a career start at P&G.


PANEL DISCUSSION: Getting Started with Robot Safety | Monday, October 09, 2023 - 8:30 AM
The Updated 10218: What to Look for in the New Standard and the Future Roadmap | Monday, October 09, 2023 - 10:30 AM
Safety in Collaborative Industrial Robotics: Principles and Use Cases | Tuesday, October 10, 2023 - 10:30 AM

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Sungsoo RHIM

Professor and Advisor, Kyung Hee University and Safetics Inc.

Sungsoo Rhim received his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology in 2000. He also has received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Seoul National University, Korea, in 1990 and 1992, respectively. He is currently a Professor at the Dept. of Mechanical Engineering in Kyung Hee University, Korea since 2003. He has been the Korean representative to ISO TC 299/WG 3 (Industrial Robotics) since 2004. He has led multiple Korean government projects to develop robot collision safety evaluation methods for the collaborative operation. He has co-developed a collision model for the evaluation of the collision risk of the PFL collaborative operation and co-founded a company named Safetics, Inc. in Korea to provide the verification and validation service for the safety of PFL collaborative operation to robot makers and robot users. His research interests include system dynamics and control of motion systems in robotic systems.


PANEL DISCUSSION: Robot Safety – A Global View | Tuesday, October 10, 2023 - 8:00 AM
Validation of PFL Collaborative Operation Safety by Test and Simulation | Wednesday, October 11, 2023 - 1:00 PM

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Timothy Castillejos Martinez

Sales Manager, Euchner

Currently, Timothy Castillejos is the National Manager at Euchner Mexico, responsible for sales, technical support, and standards support for projects and trainings. The educational and professional carrier he has followed is as follows: - Engineer in Mechatronics graduated from the Instituto Tecnológico de Querétaro - Master´s degree in Business Administration (MBA) by Universidad Valle de México - Specializing in Finance - Engineer certified by TUV in machine safety (TUV SAAR – Certified Electrical Safety Engineer) - External Training Agent by the Labor Mexican Secretary (STPS) - 2 years as a project engineer in the industry - 4 years as a technical sales engineer in machine safety - 4 Years as Sales Manager and Machine Safety Instructor / Trainer  Throughout his career, Castillejos has been invited to different forums to provide conferences and training in machine safety, such as the ITM Expo show, Expo Manufactura, Talent Land, Expo Seguridad Industrial, 1st National Congress on machine safety in Mexico, school events, among others. Without a doubt, a passionate about industrial safety!!!


PANEL DISCUSSION: Robot Safety – A Global View | Tuesday, October 10, 2023 - 8:00 AM
PANEL DISCUSSION: The State of Robotic Safety in Mexico | Wednesday, October 11, 2023 - 8:45 AM

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Tina Hull

Technology Development Engineer, Omron Automation Americas

Tina Hull graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Akron.  It was attention to details with her work in Surface Mount Technology quality and manufacturing processes that earned her a Six Sigma Green Belt.  Her experience in automation and safety blended well to lead to her to earning a Functional Safety Expert (TUV Rheinland) certificate. 

Tina has multiple technical papers published in the Society of Automotive Engineer’s Journal of Materials and Manufacturing, along with articles in various trade magazines.  She is a member of numerous safety standard committees.  Her hands on automation experience from over 25 years of working with industrial robots, safety controls, and safety standards development gives her the thought process to understand how people work with machinery and the insight to teach them how to do it safely.


Safety in Conventional Industrial Robotics: Principles and Use Cases | Tuesday, October 10, 2023 - 8:45 AM

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Todd Dickey

Safety Standards Development Contractor, Honda Development & Manufacturing of America

Todd Dickey is currently working as a contractor for Honda Development and Manufacturing of America (HDMA) after retiring on March 1, 2022. The primary function of his contractor role is to continue Honda’s involvement with various standards development organizations. He hired into Honda Engineering North America, Inc. in November 1989. In his early years with Honda Engineering Todd was responsible for installing automated equipment comprising hundreds of robots in Honda factories throughout North America. In addition to equipment safety Todd also provided engineering support for the ASIMO robot project (Honda's bi-pedal humanoid) in the United States from September 2002 to March 2020. In keeping with his career-long passion for excellence in the robotics industry, in 1997 Todd joined the Robotics Industry Association (RIA) R15.06 sub-committee on robotic safety and is the current Chairman of the R15.06 sub-committee.  In 2004 Todd was invited to extend his expertise into international circles as a member of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) robot safety standards committee (TC299/WG3) and currently serves as the WG3 Head of Delegation to TC299 for the U.S.


PANEL DISCUSSION: Getting Started with Robot Safety | Monday, October 09, 2023 - 8:30 AM
Introduction to Industrial Robot Safety ISO 10218 – Parts 1 and 2 (R15.06) | Monday, October 09, 2023 - 10:00 AM

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Troy Uahinui

Quality/Compliance Sr. Manager, Honeywell Intelligrated

Troy started his career as a Mechanical Engineer but was diverted into the safety field in 1987 with the expansion of the Hazard Communication Standard - his boss said, “Yes Troy, I think your right, that new law does apply to us – do it”. Since then, he’s spent the last 32 years addressing safety issues as a Certified Safety Professional. He has worked in the petroleum, food, glass, automotive and conveyance/sortation industries with facilities throughout North America. He has also been a guest lecturer for the University of Cincinnati’s Graduate Safety Program and at Gateway Community College. He started at Honeywell Intelligrated in 2018 after 18 years at Toyota. Troy's current responsibilities include evaluating robot safety systems, machine risk assessments, serious accident investigation and participating on a variety of consensus safety Standards including the ASME B20.1, CEMA Safety Guides, ANSI R15.06, 15.08 and CSA Z434. He tries to make safety requirements easy to understand and explains to engineers, why they are needed, then checks to ensure those requirements are met. He feels he did a good job decorating the house for Halloween if some children are too scared to come up to the house for candy. He commemorates his Hawaiian heritage by hosting an annual Luau complete with Kahlua Pig. Troy holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. He has been a guest lecturer for the University of Cincinnati’s Graduate Safety Program and at Gateway Community College


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