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 coming soon.

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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

Conference Introduction & Welcome
Carole Franklin
Introduction to Robot Safety Standards and R15.06 Standard, and Related TRs
Todd Dickey
ISO/ TS 15066 Introduction
Roberta Nelson Shea
Introduction to NEW 306 and Task Based Risk Assessment
Todd Dickey
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?
Certified Integrator Program
Mike Kunkle
Integrating Guidance from R15.06, Related TRs, and Other Related Standards
Safety Standards
Tina Hull
Smart Collaborative Robot
Smart Collaborative Robot


Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Robot system safety in a lab environment
User Experience - Robot system safety in a lab environment: A unique viewpoint on Risk Assessment
Dan Bloch
Practical Benefit of Risk Assessment: Zone Determination by Layout Analysis
Robot Risk Assessment/ Updates on other relevant standards
Chris Sorrano
Robot Risk Assessment White Paper on Severity, Exposure and Avoidance
A method to determine residual risks levels based upon the risk reductions measures selected
Gary Garrahan
An OSHA View on Robot Safety
How to marry old and new robotic equipment
Obstacles to refurbishing a robot
Dan Junker
Beyond the Wire
Fluid Power Integration
Tom Eastwood, Jim Van Kessel
Safeguarding in the Era of Collaborative and Mobile Robots
Safeguarding (in general and how it's changing based upon new technologies such as collaborative and mobile)
Elena Dominguez
The New ANSI Z244.1 - Lockout, Tagout and Alternative Methods
The control of hazardous energy
Predicting Safe Robotic Systems
Technology applied to safety with industrial robots and robot systems
Robert Axtman
Safety Circuit Design
Functional Safety
Heinz Knackstedt
Advancing Gripper Technology
User's Perspective
Safety & Collaborative Robot Systems
Collaborative Robot Systems
Jainu Jogani


Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Risk Assessment Part 1
Jeff Fryman
Risk Assessment Part 2
Jeff Fryman
Using Software to Help with Risk Assessment (NEW) (Robot Safety Center Software; designsafe; Sistema)
Mobile Robotics Task-Based Risk Assessment
Mobile Robotics Task-Based Risk Assessment
Dan Junker
Understanding safety categories, performance levels and SILS for Machine Safety Control Systems
Understanding Safety Categories, Performance Levels and SILs for Machine Safety Control Systems
Raj Sohal
Functional Safety &/or Safeguarding
The Dawn of Human Robot Teaming
The Dawn of Human Robot Teaming
Principles of Inherently Safe Design for Collaborative Robot Systems
What do we mean by Inherently Safe Design for Collaborative Robot Systems?
Roberta Nelson Shea
How To Create The Right Collaborative System For Your Application
How to create the right collaborative system for your application
Corey Ryan
User's Perspective
Cost Options of Guarding Collaborative Robots
Cost Options of Guarding Collaborative Robots
Michael Dupont
Collaborative Robot Applications
Collaborative Robot Applications & ISO TS 15066
Tina Hull


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

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The rate is $165 per night. The discounted room rates are available until 9/23/16.

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