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Moving Forward with Safety: Conference Focuses on Developments in Robot and Machine Safety

POSTED 09/01/2009

RIA’s 21st Annual National Robot Safety Conference Examines the Latest in Standards, Technology and Products

ANN ARBOR, Michigan – As robotic applications continue to expand in North America, the Robotic Industries Association (RIA) and a group of industry-leading sponsor companies will host the National Robot Safety Conference XXI. The event takes place October 26-28, 2009, at the Hyatt Regency Dearborn (Detroit, Michigan). Experienced users and those new to safety will benefit from the wide array of session topics and standards’ updates presented during the week.

According to RIA President, Jeff Burnstein, “Safety is a top priority for everyone involved in the robotics industry. This annual conference is the best place to learn about the latest safeguarding strategies and industry standards, as well as meeting companies with the most advanced safety products.”

RIA’s director of standards development, Jeff Fryman, said attendees will gain an understanding of the various safety standards through the detailed workshop and conference sessions presented by safety experts and specialists from business and government. Fryman explained, “No other program offers so much in-depth coverage on practical safety topics. And the tabletop trade fair (October 27) will enable attendees to compare the latest robots, accessories, safety products and vendors, all within the same room.”

The conference includes new workshops on Cost Justification, an Introduction to Robot Vision, Essential Safety Controls and a Primer on Functional Safety. A new conference session, Lean and Safe Robot Cells, combines with presentations on Updating Safety Standards, Selecting Safeguards and an OSHA View on Robot Safety. Case studies and a standards committee panel presentation will also be featured.

“There is a pent-up demand for training, yet many companies are faced with budget restrictions,” said Jim Adams, Marketing and Public Relations Manager for RIA. “To address the need to train on a tight budget, RIA has created a variety of registration passes offering attendees affordable options for the main conference, workshops or the trade fair.”

The complete conference and workshop agendas, registration form and special hotel accommodation rate are posted on the Association’s website www.robotics.org. The discounted early-registration period expires, October 5.

Exhibit tabletop space and sponsorship opportunities are available. For a list of current exhibitors and sponsors, plus reservation forms for companies interested in participating, visit www.robotics.org.

About Robotic Industries Association
Founded in 1974, RIA is the only trade group in North America organized specifically to serve the robotics industry. Member companies include leading robot manufacturers, users, systems integrators, component suppliers, educators, research groups, and consulting firms. RIA is renowned worldwide as the sponsor of the Joseph F. Engelberger Robotics Awards, co-produces the biennial International Robots, Vision & Motion Control Show and Conference plus many regional events and is secretariat of the ANSI/RIA R15.06-1999 Robot Safety Standard. RIA is the sole source of North American robotics industry statistics which are included in the World Robot Statistics published by the International Federation of Robotics. RIA also is publisher of the industry’s leading Web portal, Robotics Online  (www.robotics.org).

Jim Adams
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