October 17 - 19, 2016
The Westin Cincinnati
Cincinnati, Ohio USA

About the Conference

Robot sales are at an all-time high and robot safety is of paramount importance in automation planning. The RIA National Robot Safety Conference will offer conference sessions and workshops that examine key issues in robot safety and provide an in-depth overview of current industry standards. Gain an essential understanding of how to effectively plan for robot safety!

  • In-depth overview of the industrial robot standard ANSI/RIA R15.06-2012
  • A review of other ANSI and ISO standards that pertain to robots and industrial automation
  • Collaborative robot safety considerations, including information on ISO TS 15066
  • How to select the proper safeguards for your robot cell
  • Functional safety and safety circuit design
  • Risk Assessment
  • Users' perspectives on robot safety

Be sure to register early since space is limited!


Why Attend

Across industries, automating processes through robot integration is on the rise. Robot sales are at an all-time high, growing more than 28% in the last year and totaling more than $1.6 billion in North American sales alone. Paramount to successful integration and maximizing return on investment, robot safety is at the forefront of automation planning.

  • Gain valuable insight through conference sessions and workshops on robot safety, machine and robot standards
  • Listen to real-world examples presented by industry leaders
  • Receive an in-depth overview of the ANSI/RIA R15.06-2012 safety standard
  • Network with the who’s who in robot safety

Join us for a robotics industry tour on Friday, October 21st. Details are available here.

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Exhibitor List

Air Hydro Power
ATI Industrial Automation
Automation Rangers, Inc.
Axelent Inc.
Banner Engineering Corp.
DENSO Robotics
Edgewater Automation
FANUC America Corporation
First Insurance Group
Folding Guard Corporation
Fortress Interlocks
Frommelt Machine Guarding / Rite Hite Machine Guarding
Kawasaki Robotics (USA), Inc.
Güdel, Inc.
item North America
KC Robotics, Inc.
MEK Consulting
Murrelektronik, Inc.
Murrplastik Systems
Remtec Automation LLC
Roboworld, LLC
Rockwell Automation
Ross Controls
Schmersal Inc.
Troax, Inc.
isual Components North America Group

Who Should Attend

The 2016 RIA National Robot Safety Conference welcomes:

  • Engineers
  • Robot system integrators
  • Technicians
  • Industrial safety professionals
  • Educators
  • And other manufacturing automation professionals.
  • Aerospace
  • Assembly
  • Automotive
  • Electronics
  • Packaging
  • Semiconductor

Gain valuable insight on robot safety and industrial machine and robot standards.

Conference sessions and workshops will focus on current ANSI/RIA R15.06-2012 industrial robot safety standards as well as other ANSI and ISO standards that pertain to robots and industrial automation.



Monday, October 17, 2016

8:00 am - 8:15 am Conference Introduction & Welcome
Carole Franklin
8:15 am - 9:00 am Introduction to Robot Safety Standards and R15.06 Standard, and Related TRs
Todd Dickey
9:00 am - 9:25 am Introduction to R15.08 Drafting Committee on Industrial MOBILE Robot Safety: Scope, Mission, and Plans
Michael Gerstenberger, R15.06 Subcommittee
9:25 am - 9:55 am Break
9:55 am - 10:20 am ISO/ TS 15066 Introduction
Roberta Nelson Shea
10:20 am - 10:45 am Introduction to NEW 306 and Task Based Risk Assessment
Todd Dickey
10:45 am - 11:15 am What do we mean by Collaborative Robot Systems? What do we mean by Mobile Robots? What are the main differences, and overlaps, between Collaborative and Mobile robot systems?
Claude Dinsmoor, FANUC America Corporation
11:15 am - 12:30 pm Networking Lunch
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm Panel: User Experience with Collaborative Robotics
David Gravel, Ford Motor Company
Greg Heinz, General Electric
Chris Ihrke, General Motors
Mark Lewandowski, Procter & Gamble
2:00 pm - 2:30 pm Predicting Safe Robotic Systems
Robert Axtman
2:30 pm - 3:00 pm Break
3:00 pm - 3:45 pm Integrating Guidance from R15.06, Related TRs, and Other Related Standards
Tina Hull
3:45 pm - 4:15 pm Collaborative Robot Technology and Customer Applications – Rethink Robotics
Dan McFarland
4:15 pm - 5:00 pm TBD
5:00 pm - 5:05 pm Day 1 Wrapup
Carole Franklin


Tuesday, October 18, 2016

8:00 am - 8:45 am Successful Refurbished Robot Deployment
Dan Junker
8:45 am - 9:00 am Robot Risk Assessment White Paper on Severity, Exposure and Avoidance
Gary Garrahan
9:15 am - 9:45 am Practical Benefit of Risk Assessment: Zone Determination by Layout Analysis
Chris Soranno
9:45 am - 10:15 am Break
10:15 am - 10:45 am The New ANSI Z244.1 - Lockout, Tagout and Alternative Methods
Bruce Main
10:45 am - 11:45 am Safety Circuit Design
Heinz Knackstedt
11:45 am - 2:15 pm Lunch and Exhibits
2:15 pm - 2:30 pm Value of Using an RIA Certified Robot Integrator
Mike Kunkle
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm Safety Beyond the Electrics
Tom Eastwood, Jim Van Kessel
3:30 pm - 4:00 pm Break
4:00 pm - 4:30 pm Robot system safety in a lab environment
Dr. Jeremy Marvel
4:30 pm - 5:15 pm Safeguarding in the Era of Collaborative and Mobile Robotics
Elena Dominguez
5:15 pm - 5:20 pm Day 2 Wrapup
Carole Franklin


Wednesday, October 19, 2016

TRACK 1: Risk Assessment

8:00 am - 9:30 am Risk Assessment Training Part 1
Jeff Fryman
9:30 am - 10:00 am Break
10:00 am - 11:45 am Risk Assessment Training Part 2
Jeff Fryman
11:45 am - 1:15 pm Lunch
1:15 pm - 2:45 pm Mobile Robotics Task-Based Risk Assessment
Dan Junker
2:45 pm - 3:15 pm Break
3:15 pm - 5:00 pm Risk Assessment Process for Collaborative Robotic Applications
Elena Dominguez

TRACK 2: Practical Robot Safety

8:00 am - 9:30 am Practical Application of Robot Safety
Tom Eastwood & Jim Van Kessel
9:30 am - 10:00 am Break
10:00 am - 10:45 am Practical Application of Robot Safety (cont.)
Tom Eastwood & Jim Van Kessel
10:45 am - 11:45 am Understanding Safety Categories, Performance Levels and SILs for Machine Safety Control Systems
Raj Sohal
11:45 am - 1:15 pm Lunch
1:15 pm - 2:45 pm ISO 13849 PL Calculations Simplified
Heinz Knackstedt
2:45 pm - 3:15 pm Break
3:15 pm - 5:00 pm How to Address Liability in Robotics
Dan Junker, Automation Rangers Ltd
Tim Whetstone, First Insurance Group
Bill Wahoff, Steptoe Johnson

TRACK 3: Collaborative Robot Safety

8:00 am - 9:30 am Principles of Inherently Safe Design for Collaborative Robot Systems
Roberta Nelson Shea
9:30 am - 10:00 am Break
10:00 am - 11:45 am Collaborative Robot Applications
Tina Hull
11:45 am - 1:15 pm Lunch
1:15 pm - 2:45 pm How to create the right collaborative system for your application
Corey Ryan
2:45 pm - 3:15 pm Break
3:15 pm - 4:00 pm Cost Options of Guarding Collaborative Robots
Michael Dupont
4:00 pm - 4:45 pm Safety & Collaborative Robot Systems
Jainu Jogani  and Dimitri Kambouridis
4:45 pm  Day 3 Wrapup


Join us at this important robot safety event as we discuss in-depth the latest industry standards, including ANSI/RIA R15.06-2012. You'll want to hear the industry experts discuss how to identify tasks and hazards, and how to install safeguards. You'll also want to gain insight from users who'll share real-life experiences.

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Hotel Information

The Westin CincinnatiThe National Robot Safety Conference will be held at The Westin Cincinnati.

The Westin Cincinnati
21 E. 5th Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
(513) 621-7700

National Robot Safety Conference Room Block
The Westin Cincinnati is sold out!

The following hotels are all within walking distace to The Westin Cincinnati.  Please note there is no group rate at these hotels.

Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza
35 W 5th Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
(513) 421-9100

Hyatt Regency Cincinnati
151 W 5th Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
(513) 579-1234

Renaissance Cincinnati Downtown Hotel
36 E 4th Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
(513) 333-0000

Hampton Inn & Suites
617 Vine Street A
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
(513) 354-2430

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Bill Wahoff Bill Wahoff
Member, Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
Bruce Main
President, design safety engineering, inc.
Carole Franklin Carole Franklin
Director, Standards Development, RIA
Chris Ihrke Chris Ihrke
Staff Engineer, General Motors
Chris Soranno Chris Soranno
Certified Safety Application Specialist, Safety Standards & Compliance, SICK, Inc.
Claude Dinsmoor
General Manager – Material Handling Segment, FANUC America Corporation
Corey Ryan Corey Ryan
Manager, Medical Robotics, KUKA Robotics Corporation
Dan Junker Dan Junker
President and Chief Ranger, Automation Rangers, Ltd.
Dan McFarland Dan McFarland
Automation Manager, Rethink Robotics Sawyer Robot
David Gravel
Technical Expert - Robotics and Automation, Ford Motor Company
Dr. Jeremy Marvel Dr. Jeremy Marvel
Computer Scientist, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Elena Dominguez Elena Dominguez
Safety Consultant, Pilz Automation Safety L.P.
Gary Garrahan Gary Garrahan
Manager, Occupational Safety and Environmental Health, STIHL Inc.
Greg Heinz
General Electric
Heinz Knackstedt Heinz Knackstedt
Safety Engineer, C&E sales, inc.
Jainu Jogani Jainu Jogani
Safety & Compliance Engineer, Omron Adept Technologies, Inc.
Jeff Fryman Jeff Fryman
Principal Consultant, JDF Consulting Enterprises, Ltd.
Jim Van Kessel
Electrical Engineer, JVK Industrial Automation Inc.
Mark Lewandowski Mark Lewandowski
Robotics Network Innovation Leader, Proctor & Gamble
Matt Epperson
Compliance Safety & Health Officer, U.S. Department of Labor - OSHA
Michael Dupont Michael Dupont
Director, Environment, Health and Safety, Earth Bridge Industries
Michael Gerstenberger
Chair, R15.08 Subcommittee on Industrial Mobile Robot Safety
Mike Kunkle Mike Kunkle
President/Chief Consultant, MEK Consulting
Raj Sohal Raj Sohal
Project Manager, Industrial Safety, Stantec
Robert Axtman Robert Axtman
CEO/President, Visual Components North America Group
Roberta Nelson Shea Roberta Nelson Shea
Global Technical Compliance Officer, Universal Robots A/S
Tim Whetstone Tim Whetstone
Executive Vice President – Agent, First Insurance Group
Tina Hull Tina Hull
Product Engineer, OMRON Automation
Todd Dickey Todd Dickey
Engineering Coordinator, Honda Engineering North America, Inc.
Tom Eastwood Tom Eastwood
Machine Safeguarding and Robotics Advisor, Workplace and Prevention Services
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