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National Robot Safety Conference XXIII

Tentative Conference Agenda

National Robot Safety Conference

(as of 5/19/11, subject to change)

Monday AM Workshops (concurrent)

Registration & Continental Breakfast 8:00-9:00 a.m.

W1 - So You Want to Buy a Robot?   9:00 a.m. 
Bob Rochelle leads you through this Fundamentals of Robotics workshop. You will learn various robotic based flexible automation systems, a brief history and who’s who in the industry and the many ways robotics can be used to automate your applications. Three sections cover Robot Technology (how a robot functions, programming fundamentals, anticipated maintenance), Systems (reviews components and implementation process) and Business (the case for robotics, including cost justification and basic safety concerns. Ten Common Mistakes in Robot Integration are also discussed.

New! W2 - Introduction to Collaborative Robots 
  9:00 a.m.
Collaborative robots are explained and allowed by the new robot safety standard. We will guide you through possible scenarios using the new and exciting technology offering. Risk Assessment is a key element in the ISO robot standard and the new R15.06 standard and necessary for the success of collaborative robot applications and designs. Practical examples, as well as theoretical applications will be explored. Join this class for a comprehensive understanding of the concept of collaborative industrial robots.


Main Conference Monday (PM) and Tuesday (full day)

Join us for an exciting day and a half of presentations previewing the new robot safety standards, successful robot applications and information important to everyone associated with industrial safety needs.

Woven throughout both days of the conference will be variety of case studies highlighting successful applications of robotic automation and safety implementations. Presenters are from leading companies in applying robotic solutions in a variety of industrial needs. Learn from the experts – those that have successful (and safe) robot applications.

Featured presentations will include:

Monday Afternoon  1:00 p.m.

Introducing the New Robot Safety Standards
Roberta Nelson Shea, Chair of the R15.06 committee, will review with you to the latest draft for the new combined ANSI/CSA/ISO robot safety standards. The new editions of ANSI/RIA R15.06 and CAN/CSA Z434 will include the updated ISO 10218-1 and the new ISO 10218-2. She will also inform you on progress of the new combined robot safety standard and offer safety hints for your installations and ways to ensure compliance with all safety standards as we transition to a new understanding of safety requirements. 

Perspectives on the Standard
Members of the ISO, R15.06 and Z434 committees will reflect on the changes being introduced with this new standard. Hear what the various stakeholders – manufacturer, integrator, and user - think about the new robot safety standard and get their safety hints for your installations. Now, for the first time, one standard addresses the needs of all stakeholders world-wide. Learn what a truly global standard means to you.

Tuesday Morning  

Registration & Continental Breakfast 7:30-8:30 a.m.

An OSHA View on Robot Safety
8:30 a.m. 
An OSHA compliance officer is scheduled to review the latest trends and activities of OSHA with attention to the top safety failures and reasons for citations, particularly as they relate to robot installations. The answer to the question “does OSHA use R15.06?” is yes, and here you can learn how. Also discussed will be how you can actively participate with OSHA to ensure a safe work environment in your place of employment. 

Case Studies

Learn from those who have successfully and safely implemented robotic applications. 

New!Pneumatic and Hydraulic – Safety control beyond the electrics

We generally associate safety controls with electrical circuits and actuation, but that is really not the whole story. This session will discuss controlling machine motion in a safe manner using valves and other mechanical devices that are electrically controlled and monitored. Included will be discussion on how to structure your schematics to conform with the different safety performance requirements.

Selecting Safeguards
Chris Soranno from Omron STI, will guide you through the myriad of safeguarding devices available today, with highlights on their benefits as well as their shortcomings, so you can make the best possible guarding choices for your robot applications. This will set the stage for your viewing of safeguard devices offered by a selection of vendors.

Tuesday Afternoon  12:00 - 2:30 p.m.

Tabletop Trade Fair & Networking Luncheon
On Tuesday we will also be featuring an extended lunch hour viewing session for the popular tabletop exhibits of products. This is the opportunity to review the latest in robot and robot safety products and get on-the-spot expert help in selecting the proper solution for your needs. 

Exhibitors and Sponsors Welcomed:

For tabletop space availability and sponsorship opportunities, contact Jim Adams at jadams@robotics.org or call 734/994-6088. 

More Case Studies!

Join us after the tabletop Trade Fair of exhibits for afternoon sessions beginning with additional implementation case studies.

Standards Committee Panel Session

Always popular, the Panel Session provides you with the opportunity to ask our standards committee members your most searching questions about safety standards and how to apply them to your situations.


Wednesday AM Workshops (concurrent)

Registration & Continental Breakfast 7:30 - 8:30 a.m.

W3 – Risk Assessment Exercise Using R15.06   8:30 a.m.
Jeff Fryman from the RIA will lead you in an interactive lesson in conducting a risk assessment of a typical robot cell with emphasis on employing the methodology for risk assessment as found in the new edition of R15.06. This course is designed to provide a basic understanding of the important concept of risk assessment and uses a “hands-on” approach to practice the methodology.

W4 - Essential Safety Control Design  8:30 a.m.
Led by Ian Brough from SICK, Inc, our team of highly qualified of instructors will guide you through a basic understanding of the needs and concepts of safety controls for automated machinery and robots using a building block approach from the risk assessment results, through design to a conclusion in proper installation of typical safeguarding devices. The fast pace of this workshop requires a good understanding of the basics of controls design.

New!W5 - Evaluating Robot System Design  8:30 a.m.
We have assembled an international team of noted safety experts who will guide you through a review of the new requirements in the standard and the information presented during the conference using system examples furnished by the audience. This will help you in understanding and applying safety concepts in any robot, automated, or integrated manufacturing system you may be working on. This exercise will feature discussions of requirements from USA, CSA and ISO machinery safety standards. Attendees wishing to have their cell design evaluated should contact RIA headquarters to coordinate submitting their layout.


Wednesday PM Workshops (concurrent)

W6 – Contextual Risk Assessment  1:00 p.m.
Join Mike Douglas from General Motors as he explains the successful method for employing Risk Assessment used by that leading auto maker. Risk Assessment is an absolute cornerstone of the new robot safety standard and you will want to understand some of the many methodologies that are available for you to use.

W7 - Primer on Functional Safety  1:00 p.m.
Join Ian Brough, SICK, Inc. and others for an in-depth look at the requirements and impact of the new ISO 13849-1:2006 standard for parts of safety control systems and how the controls engineer will be able to meet the requirements of functional safety on robots and automated equipment. Included will be group exercises in the practical calculation of Performance Levels as well as the aids being made available to the machine designer.

W8 - Risk Assessment Exercise Using R15.06 (a repeat of W3 AM session) 1:00 p.m.
Jeff Fryman from the RIA will lead you in an interactive lesson in conducting a risk assessment of a typical robot cell with emphasis on employing the methodology for risk assessment as found in the new edition of R15.06. This course is designed to provide a basic understanding of the important concept of risk assessment and uses a “hands-on” approach to practice the methodology.


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