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National Robot Safety Conference XXI

Conference Agenda

Monday AM Workshops (concurrent)
New!W1 - Cost Justification for Robotics and Automation  9:00 a.m. (Registration & Continental Breakfast 8:00-9:00 a.m.)
Bob Rochelle from Kawasaki Robotics and Greg Garmann from Motoman Inc. introduce you to the world of industrial automation. They will explain the many useful ways that robot functions can be used to automate your applications; what to expect as you move forward in an automation project and how to cost justify your investment. Along the way they will also touch on basic safety concerns and how you can respond to them in a cost effective manner. 
New!W2 - Introduction to Robot Vision  9:00 a.m.
Dave Dechow from Aptúra Machine Vision Solutions will lead a session exploring machine vision with emphasis on robotic installations.  Learn the important possibilities and techniques of integrating vision to the control of robotic applications with an eye to improving productivity, reliability, repeatability and safety for your personnel.
Main Conference Monday (PM) and Tuesday (full day)
Join us for an exciting day and a half of presentations on 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:
Updating Safety Standards 

Roberta Nelson Shea, Chair of the R15.06 committee, will discuss current developments in robot safety standardization and practical experience in applying the standards in the field. Included will be information on the new Technical Report, TR R15.206 Guidelines for Implementing ANSI/RIA/ISO 10218-1-2007. She will also inform you on progress of the ISO robot safety standard and offer safety hints for your installations and ways to ensure compliance with the current robot safety standards.
New!Lean and Safe
Robot cells can be safe. Robot cells can be lean. But how often are they Lean AND Safe? Without considering lean principles at the time of doing the risk assessment, it becomes very easy to install safety devices, systems or principles that are not very lean. They maybe safe… but they can add waste. Wasted space, wasted devices, wasted time (cycle time, time to do maintenance, downtime). Join noted safety consultants Mike Taubitz and Bruce Main as they look at tools to integrate lean and safe principles.
Case Studies
Learn from those who have successfully and safely implemented robotic applications.
TUESDAY MORNING  8:30 a.m. (Registration & Continental Breakfast 7:30 - 8:30 a.m.)
An OSHA View on Robot Safety
OSHA compliance officer Aaron Priddy will 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.
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 during the tabletop Trade Fair exhibits (see below).
More Case Studies!
Rounding out the busy morning schedule will be the presentation of some additional case studies.

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 Trade Fair 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.

Additional Case Studies!  2:30 p.m.
Join us after the tabletop Trade Fair of exhibits for afternoon sessions beginning with some final implementation case studies.
Standards Committee Panel Session
The perennially popular Panel Session lets you ask our panel of standards committee members your most searching questions about safety standards and how to apply them to your situations.
Wednesday Workshops (concurrent)
W3 - Understanding Robot Safety Standards (AM)  8:30 a.m. (Registration & Continental Breakfast 7:30 - 8:30 a.m.)
Are you tasked to design, install or maintain a safe robot system? This course is intended to give you an in-depth understanding of the American National Standards for Robot Safety and how to apply them to your applications. Jeff Fryman, Director of Standards Development for the RIA, will lead you in this study of what is contained in the standards and some insight into what led to the requirements. He will also offer some advanced information on the future of robot safety requirements.
New!W4 - Essential Safety Controls (AM)  8:30 a.m.
Led by Gil Dominguez from Pilz Automation Safety and noted controls engineer, 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.  This fast paced workshop requires a good understanding of the basics of controls design as you are guided from the risk assessment results, through design schematics to a conclusion in proper installation of typical safeguarding devices.

W5 - Making Robot Safety Work for You (FULL-DAY SESSION ONLY)  8:30 a.m.
We have assembled an international team of noted safety experts who will guide you through a review of the information presented during the week and 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 demonstrations using actual equipment to help understanding and working the safety distance formula for installing safeguarding devices. Included will be an effective method to measure machine stopping time and discussions of requirements from USA, CSA and ISO machinery safety standards.  This is an all day workshop.

W6 - Risk Assessment Exercise Using R15.06 (PM)  1:00 p.m.
RIA's own 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 R15.06 risk assessment methodology. This course is designed to provide a basic understanding of concept and use a “hands-on” approach to practice the methodology.
New!W7 - Primer on Functional Safety (PM)  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.


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