Robotic Safety Conference

Every year, the National Robot Safety Conference is held for industrial robot safety and compliance. It will be held on October 14-16 in Indianapolis, Indiana at the Indianapolis Marriot East, and this year will mark its 25th year. This is a great place to experience workshops and attend sessions discussing robot safety and industry standards. In addition, case studies will be reviewed and exhibits will be available, displaying new products from companies in the industry.

Anyone who is an engineer, system integrator, technician or part of any area involved in industrial safety should attend. There will be valuable training available in all sorts of areas.

Those attending will be helping to meet criteria for RIA’s Certified Robot Integrator Program. This program is a way that system integrators can evaluate themselves against industry practices.

Topics will include introduction to and review of new robot safety, integrating safety into automation, OSHA view on robot safety, safeguard selection, and safety case studies. Events will run from 8:30am-5pm Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday with a Lunch and Expo time from 12-2:30pm on Tuesday.

There will be workshops on risk assessment, machine safety controls, practical industrial robot safety, and primer on functional safety.

Some exhibiting companies include ABB Inc., DENSO Robotics, Fronius, GSM America Inc., Ross Controls, and Stäubil Robotics.

ATI Industrial Automation will be exhibiting their new robotic collision sensors. These sensors include an automatic reset feature that allows them to reset after a robot crashes. This makes the working environment safer because personnel will not have to enter the robotic work cell. Similar producers include: Motion Controls Robotics and Applied Robotics Inc.

IPR Robotics will be exhibiting some of their products, which include End of Arm Tooling and Robot Transport Units. Similar producers include: Kuka Industrial Robots and Creative Automation Inc.

Kawasaki Robotics (USA), Inc. will be exhibiting the R-Series Robots. These compact and lightweight robots have great speed, reach, and work range. This makes them useful for varying applications like material handling, welding, and assembling. Similar producers include: Automation IG and Creative Automation Inc.

Price for admission is lower for RIA members, but those not a part of RIA are still encouraged to attend. There are three different passes available. The full access pass will give the attendee access to entire conference.

There is a pass that allows access to only Monday and Tuesday of the conference. This would include the introduction to and review of robot safety sessions and the integrating safety into automation session on Monday and the OSHA view on robot safety, safety case studies, exhibitor expo, and more on Tuesday.

The final pass allows access to only Tuesday and Wednesday’s events. These include all of the aforementioned activities on Tuesday and in-depth workshops on Wednesday. These workshops include risk assessment, machine safety controls, practical industrial robot safety, and primer on functional safety.

Registration cost will include a copy of the ANSI/RIA R15.06-2012 American National Standard for Industrial Robots and Robot Systems – Safety Requirements.

Brianna Martin is a freelance writer from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, who has been published across the web for a multitude of topics, some of which include: manufacturing, engineering, and technology.  The Pioneering company Robotics Online is considered the leader of industrial robots, offering outstanding products, while addressing the value of industry regulations.  

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