October 12-14, 2015
Omni William Penn Hotel
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 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

October 12-14, 8:00 am to 5:30 pm - Conference & Workshop
October 13, Noon to 2:30 pm - Exhibitor Expo & Networking Reception

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

Tour the National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC)

Friday, October 16th

Get a first-hand look at the technology behind the National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC),an operating unit within Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute (RI), the world's largest robotics research and development organization. Join us for this FREE tour to see how the NREC works closely with government and industry clients to develop and mature robotic technologies from concept to commercialization.

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Who Should Attend

The 2015 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 12, 2015

  Conference Introduction
Pat Davison, RIA
  Introduction to Standards and R15.06 Standard Summary
Roberta Nelson Shea, Rockwell Automation
  How Do Other Automation Standards Impact Robot Safety?
Chris Soranno, SICK
  Collaborative Robot Safety
Tom Eastwood, Workplace Services
  Collaborative Risk Assessment Guidance
Elana Dominguez, Pilz Automation Safety
  Safety Implications of Open-Source Robotics Programming
Clay Flannigan, SWRI
  International Deployment
Michael Dupont, TE Connectivity
  Collaborative Case Study
Marty Linn, General Motors

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

  Insurance Industry Perspective
Fran Sehn, Willis North America
  OSHA Perspective
Matt Epperson, OSHA
  Case Study
Toy Uahinui, Toyota
  Case Study
Marvin Winrich, Rockwell Automation
  Case Study
Kevin Clark, Continental Automotive Systems
  Using Standards to Implement Success
Matt Robinson, Caterpillar

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

  Functional Safety Breakout
Heinz Knackstedt, C&E Sales Inc.
Mark Fessler, Tokyo Electron
Roberta Nelson Shea, Rockwell Automation
  Risk Assessment Breakout
Jeff Fryman, JDF Consulting Enterprises
  Safeguarding Breakout
Tom Eastwood, Industrial Accident Prevention Assoc.
Jim Van Kessel, JVK Industrial Automation Inc.
Ian Brough, SICK
Robin Schmidt, Nachi Robotics Systems, Inc.
  Collaborative Safety Breakout
Elena Dominguez, Pilz Automation Safety
Mark Lewandowski, Procter & Gamble


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. You can check out the full day's Agenda here.

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National Robot Safety Conference
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Hotel Information

Omni William Penn Hotel

The National Robot Safety Conference will be held at the Omni William Penn Hotel.

Omni William Penn Hotel
530 William Penn Place
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Special $169 room rate available for attendees!

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Who's Speaking

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Erik Nieves
Technology Director
Yaskawa Motoman
Dr. Rodney Brooks
Founder, CTO, and Chairman
Rethink Robotics
Esben Østergaard
Chief Technology Officer
Universal Robots
Michael Beaupre
Sales Director for New Markets
KUKA Robotics
Deron Jackson
Chief Technical Officer
Adept Technology Inc.
Pat Davison
Director of Standards Development
Sam Bouchard
Rich Mahoney
Director of Robotics
SRI International
Steve Cousins
Stefan Bartscher
Head of Innovation Management Technical Planning
John Dulchinos
Vice President, Global Automation
Marty Linn
General Motors
Dan Sipes
Director of Advanced Automation Technologies
Novartis Foundation
Dr. Henrik Christensen
Chair of Robotics
Georgia Tech
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