Experts to Congregate at Upcoming Conferences on Industrial Robots and Worker Safety

The Robotic Industries Association to host 28th National Robot Safety Conference and workshops.

(Image courtesy Robotiq.)

(Image courtesy Robotiq.)

The Robotic Industries Association (RIA), part of The Association for Advancing Automation (A3) is hosting two events in Cincinnati to draw attention to advancements in industrial robotics and worker safety in the manufacturing sector.

The 28th National Robot Safety Conference will be held Oct. 17-19, 2016 followed by the International Collaborative Robots Workshop on the 20th. Both events will be held at the Westin Cincinnati.

The RIA National Robot Safety Conference will focus on industrial robot safety and compliance, offering sessions and workshops covering the latest ANSI/RIA R15.06 -2012 Robot Safety Standard as well as other ANSI and ISO standards that pertain to robots and industrial automation.

During the three-day program, sessions will address collaborative robot safety considerations, including information on ISO TS 15066, how to select proper safeguards for robot cells, functional safety, safety circuit design and users’ perspectives on robot safety. Three separate tracks on the final day provide in-depth discussions on risk assessment, practical robot safety and collaborative robot safety.

The following International Collaborative Robots Workshop explores collaborative robot (cobot) technology, applications, safety implications and human impacts, with presentations from experts in the field.

Both events include a table top exhibition showcasing emerging technologies and trends from robotics companies. 

Collaborative robots are an integral part of the changing manufacturing industry, bringing advanced robotics to the factory floor alongside human workers.

“With more than 14 percent growth in 2015, robot sales are at an all-time high and collaborative robots are at the forefront of a new robotic era,” said Jeff Burnstein, President of RIA.

“Across the board, safety is of paramount importance for successful robotic integration and maximizing return on investment. The National Robot Safety Conference and International Collaborative Robots Workshop are where attendees will learn how the safe use of robots is opening up exciting new opportunities for industry, OEMs, integrators, start-ups, venture capitalists and users.”

Registration is still open, and discounts are available for attendees of both events, as well as for RIA members. For more information, visit Robotics Online or call the A3 headquarters at 734/994-6088.

For more information on working with cobots, check out our webinar, How to Work Safely with Collaborative Robots: 10 Principles to Follow for Success.