RIA events next week focus on safety and collaborative robots

Events to include tabletop exhibitions of products and services from leading robotics companies.

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North America’s robotics trade group, Robotic Industries Association (RIA), is hosting two major events in Pittsburgh next week.

The 27th National Robot Safety Conference will be held October 12-14, followed by the International Collaborative Robots Workshop on October 15. Both events will be held at the Omni William Penn Hotel in Pittsburgh, Pa.

The National Robot Safety Conference is a leading event for industrial robot safety and compliance. It provides in-depth coverage of the latest ANSI/RIA R15.06 -2012 Robot Safety Standard and risk assessment issues as well as functional safety, safety circuit design and a look at various applications.

New to the conference this year are special sessions around the topic of collaborative robot safety presented by Mark Lewandowski of Proctor & Gamble, Elena Dominguez of Pilz Automation Safety, Marty Linn of General Motors and Kevin Clark of Continental Automotive Systems. Other topics include how automation standards impact robot safety, an OSHA view on robot safety, and using risk assessment tools to prevent injuries in robotic systems.

The International Collaborative Robots Workshop explores advancements in the field with a global view on collaborative robot technology, applications, safety implications and human impacts. The workshop will host speakers from leading robotics organizations including Georgia Tech, Carnegie Mellon, Rethink Robotics, Universal Robots, ABB, KUKA, FANUC, Precise Automation, Beckman Coulter, Robotiq, Soft Robotics, Marlatt Automation/FIPA. There will also be discussion around use cases for collaborative robots with a panel including General Motors, Glidewell Dental, and SEPCO Erie.

“Robot safety is of utmost importance to the RIA and we are looking forward to introducing some new and important topics to this year’s National Robot Safety Conference,” said Jeff Burnstein, president of RIA. “Collaborative robots are a game changer for the industry. Our International Collaborative Robots Workshop attendees will learn how this new class of robot can help them become stronger global competitors.”

Both events will include a tabletop exhibition featuring products and services from leading robotics companies. Registration is still open for both events. For more information visit or call the A3 headquarters at 734-994-6088.

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