October 9-11, 2018
Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center
Detroit, MI

About the Conference

Robot sales are at an all-time high and robot safety is of paramount importance in automation planning. The RIA International 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.


The International Robot Safety Conference is now accepting speaker applications!

If you are interested in speaking at the International Robot Safety Conference, please submit your topic and an abstract in the Call for Speakers form.

Questions? Contact Sofia Nordenstam at snordenstam@robotics.org.

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Why Attend

Attending IRSC empowers you with the most current safety insight and connections to develop winning strategies and your competitive edge.

  • Benefit from what’s new in robot safety.
  • Connect with safety professionals and leaders in the automation industry.
  • Expand your knowledge and understanding of the latest trends in robot safety, new safety standards, and the new collaborative robots technical report.

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Who Should Attend

The 2018 RIA International Robot Safety Conference welcomes:

  • Engineers
  • Robot system integrators
  • Technicians
  • Industrial safety professionals
  • Educators
  • Environmental, Health & Safety professionals
  • 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.





8:00 AM – 8:15 AM

Welcome and Introductions
Carole Franklin, Robobtic Industries Association (RIA)

8:15 AM – 8:30 AM
Standards Bingo (Introduction to Robotics Standards and other related standards)
Carole Franklin, Robotic Industries Association (RIA)
Carole Franklin

Carole Franklin

Robotic Industries Association (RIA)

8:30 AM – 9:00 AM
Safety Professionals: What You Need to Know About Robotics & Safety
Jeff Pratt, Crown Equipment
9:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Robotic System Integrators: What You Need to Know About Robotics & Safety
Craig Salvalaggio, AMT & Mike Marseglia, Calvary Robotics
9:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Morning Break
10:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Introduction to Industrial Robot Safety: ISO 10218 Parts 1 and 2
Roberta Nelson Shea, Universal Robots
Roberta Nelson Shea

Roberta Nelson Shea

Roberta Nelson Shea

Universal Robots

10:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Collaborative Robot Safety Standard
Jeff Fryman, JDF Consulting Enterprises, Ltd.
11:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Michael Gerstenberger, Chairperson for R15.08 Committee
11:30 AM – 12:45 PM
Networking Lunch
12:45 PM – 1:30 PM
Case Study: Robot Safety
Jim Van Kessel, JVK Industrial Automation & Tom Eastwood, Industrial Accident Prevention Asssociation
1:30 PM – 2:00 PM
Introduction to Technical Reports and Technical Specifications: 306, 406, 506, 606
Carole Franklin, Robotic Industries Association (RIA)
2:00 PM – 2:30 PM
ISO Technical Report 20128-1 Safety of Manual Loading & Unloading Stations
Otto Göernemann, SICK AG
2:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Afternoon Break
3:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Topic TBD
Speaker TBD
3:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Case Study: Mitigating Risk by Leveraging the Power of IIoT and Smart Manufacturing
Paul Santi, FANUC
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
An OSHA Perspective on Industrial Robot Safety
Keith Erwin, OSHA
8:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Standard Update/Safeguarding
Heinz Knackstedt
8:30 AM – 9:00 AM
Case Study: Multi-Gantry Robot and AGV Pipe Processing and Material Transfer System
Marvin Winrich, Rockwell Automation
9:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Overview of the Upcoming RIA Technical Report T15.906 - Programming Verification, Integration, and Validation of Safety Related Software Systems
Tina Hull, OMRON
9:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Morning Break
10:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Safety Considerations of Mobile Robot Systems Implementations in a Collaborative Environment
Denise Ebenhoch, KUKA
10:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Case Study: Using Multiple Modes of Safety to Create a Safe Application
Mark Lewandowski, Procter & Gamble
11:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Panel: Taking Collaborative Approach to Securing Robotics
Nathaniel Cole, TUV Rheinland OpenSky
Roberta Nelson Shea, Universal Robots
11:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Lock Out Tag Out Versus Machine Guarding on Robot Cells Exhibitor Expo
Mike De Rosier, Schmersal
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Networking Lunch/Exhibitor Expo
2:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Topic TBD
Speaker TBD
2:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Panel: Robot System Assembly Safety
Dan Junker, Automation Rangers
3:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Case Study: Building a Small Robot Cell to Perform Many Functions
Tom Vardon, Faraday Future
3:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Afternoon Break
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Panel: Safety Considerations for End of Arm Tooling
Stefan Casey, Applied Robotics
Three different tracks are avalable:
  • Track 1: Risk Assessment
  • Track 2: Collaborative Robots
  • Track 3: Effective Partnerships
8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Track 1: Topic TBD
Speaker TBD
8:00 AM – 8:45 AM
Track 2: Case Study: Collaborative Robotics in Today’s Industries
Mollie Anderson, BSI EHS Services and Solutions
8:45 AM – 9:30 AM
Track 2: 3D Sensors: New Approaches and Applications to Robotic Safety 
Scott Denenberg, Veo Robotics
8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Track 3: Robot Safety - It's a Collaborative Effort!
Carla Silver, Carla Silver LLC
9:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Morning Break
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Track 1: How to Conduct Qualitative and Quantitative Hazard Analysis and Risk Assessment to EIC 61508
Jonathan Moore, Exida
10:00 AM – 10:45 AM
Track 2: Case Study: Collaborative Robot Applications and the TS15066
Brian Bales, KUKA Assembly and Test
10:45 AM – 11:30 AM
Track 2: Case Study: Collision Control in Programming Collaborative Robots for Quality Control
Mingu Kang, ARIS Technology
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Track 3: How Can End-Users Make the Most of Their Partnership with Integrators?
Mike De Rosier, Schmersal
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Networking Lunch
1:00 PM – 2:30 AM
Track 1: Exploring Risk Assessment Tools for Safety in Robotics
Frank Sehn, Willis Towers Watson
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Track 2: Collaborative Robot Risk Assessment and Collision Measurement
Elena Dominguez, Pilz
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Track 3: Topic TBD
Speaker TBD
2:30 AM – 3:00 PM
Afternoon Break
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Closing Keynote
Martin Ciupa, Calvary Robotics

Martin Ciupa

Calvary Robotics



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. Agenda coming soon!  

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International Robot Safety Conference
Dates Pass Members Non-Members
Open - July 19 Full Access
July 20 – September 10 Full Access
September 11 - Event Full Access



Hotel Information

The International Robot Safety Conference will be held at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center.

Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center
400 Renaissance Drive
Detroit, MI, 48243
(877) 901-6632

Please click the link to make your reservation. Or guests can call the Hotel at (877) 901-6632 and reference the "RIA International Robot Safety Conference."

Room rate cut-off: Monday, September 17, 2018 (@ 5:00 PM)
Room Block Rate: $179.00

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Aleš Vysocký Aleš Vysocký
VSB-Technical University of Ostrava & SKODA AUTO a.s.
Bill Moellenkamp
Advanced Manufacturing Engineer – Automation
Crown Equipment Corporation
Bob Bollinger Bob Bollinger
Beauty Sector Robotics Section Head
Procter & Gamble
Brian Carlisle Brian Carlisle
Precise Automation
Bruce Main Bruce Main
Design Safety Engineering, Inc.
Carla Silver Carla Silver
Safety/IH Specialist
Carole Franklin Carole Franklin
Director of Standards Development
Chris O’Brien Chris O’Brien
Partner, Executive Vice President
exida Consulting LLC
Chris Soranno Chris Soranno
Safety Standards & Competence Manager
SICK, Inc.
Christopher Robinson, CSP Christopher Robinson, CSP
Area Director
US Department of Labor - OSHA
Craig Salvalaggio Craig Salvalaggio
Vice President, Engineering
Applied Manufacturing Technologies
David Bergman David Bergman
Senior Engineer, Collaborative Robot Process Development
Terumo BCT
Dr. Hongwei Hsiao, Ph.D. Dr. Hongwei Hsiao, Ph.D.
Chief, Protective Technology Branch
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
Dr. John J. Sammarco, Ph.D. Dr. John J. Sammarco, Ph.D.
Principal Research Engineer
NIOSH Pittsburgh Mining Research Division
Dr. Rebecca Hartley, Ph.D. Dr. Rebecca Hartley, Ph.D.
Chief Workforce Officer
Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Institute
Dr. Scott Earnest, Ph.D. Dr. Scott Earnest, Ph.D.
Deputy Director
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
Elena Dominguez Elena Dominguez
Safety Consultant
Pilz Automation Safety
Frank Schrever Frank Schrever
Managing Director
Machine Safety by Design Pty Ltd.
Gail Dyer Gail Dyer
Automation Controls Engineer
Corning Incorporated
Gerd Walter Gerd Walter
President and COO
Creative Automation, Inc.
Heinz Knackstedt Heinz Knackstedt
Safety Specialist
C&E sales, inc.
Jeff Fryman Jeff Fryman
Principal Consultant
JDF Consulting Enterprises, Ltd.
Jeff Pratt Jeff Pratt
Senior Environmental Health & Safety Engineer
Crown Equipment Corporation
Jeremy Marvel
Computer Scientist
U.S. National Institute of Standards & Technology
Kristofor Schuett
Senior SEHS Coordinator
Terumo BCT
Mark Lewandowski Mark Lewandowski
Global Engineering Robotics Innovation Leader
Procter & Gamble
Marvin Winrich Marvin Winrich
Safety Consultant
Rockwell Automation
Michael Gerstenberger Michael Gerstenberger
R15.08 Subcommittee on Industrial Mobile Robot Safety
Michael Medoff Michael Medoff
Senior Safety Engineer
exida Consulting
Michael Wagner Michael Wagner
Edge Case Research
Mike DeRosier Mike DeRosier
Engineering Services Manager
Mitchell Weiss Mitchell Weiss
Chief Technology Officer
Nathaniel Cole Nathaniel Cole
Practice Manager - Cybersecurity Testing
OpenSky Corporation, a TUV Company
Otto Görnemann Otto Görnemann
Manager Machinery Safety – Standards and Regulations
Rob Kuchta
Distribution Systems Manager
Giant Eagle Inc.
Roberta Nelson Shea Roberta Nelson Shea
Global Technical Compliance Officer
Universal Robots
Stephen Catt, Ed.D. Stephen Catt, Ed.D.
Deputy Director of Education and Workforce Development
Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Institute
Tina Hull Tina Hull
Product Engineer – Safety
Omron Automation
Todd Dickey Todd Dickey
Engineering Coordinator
Honda Engineering North America, Inc.
Troy Uahinui Troy Uahinui
Senior Engineer
Toyota Motor North America