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RIA Conference to Introduce New Robot Safety Standard Draft

Attendees at the Ann Arbor-based Robotic Industries Association's National Robot Safety Conference XXII will prepare for the new R15.06 (2011) Robot Safety Standard by previewing the draft during its first public release at the event.

The RIA and a group of industry-leading sponsor companies will host the 22nd annual conference Sept. 27-29 at the Indianapolis Marriott East in Indianapolis, Ind.

In addition to discussing the draft standard, numerous new sessions will satisfy experienced users. Those new to safety will benefit from a wide variety of topics presented during the three-day event, including introductory sessions and standards updates.

According to RIA's Director of Standards Development, Jeff Fryman, the R15.06 Robot Safety Committee will complete the first draft and unveil it at September's conference.

"There is much yet to do, but the end game is coming into sight," Fryman said. "We are looking forward to this culmination of work."

The revised edition of the R15.06 robot safety standard is based on the new ISO 10218 standard which is in its final stages of completion.

The conference will feature new sessions introducing the New R15.06 Robot Safety Standard (Part 1 – The Manufacturer's Perspective, Part 2 – The User's Perspective), Using Robots to Improve Safety and Market Position and Contextual Risk Assessment. Additional sessions include, an OSHA View on Robot Safety, Safeguarding and Safety Controls. Case studies, a standards committee panel discussion and a safety primer will also be highlights of the conference.

Said Jim Adams, the RIA's marketing and public relations manager: "No other program offers this kind of in-depth coverage on new and practical safety topics. And the tabletop trade fair provides attendees with an up close comparison of the latest robots, accessories, safety products and vendors at one time, under one roof. RIA is sensitive to the need for training on a restricted budget. We have created a number of registration offerings which provide attendees affordable options for all three days, the main conference, workshops or just the trade fair."

The complete conference and workshop agendas, registration form and special hotel accommodation rate are posted on the Association's website at The discounted early-registration period ends Sept. 7.

Exhibit tabletop space and sponsorship opportunities are available. For a list of current exhibitors and sponsors, plus reservation forms for companies interested in participating, visit

Founded in 1974, RIA is the only trade group in North America organized specifically to serve the robotics industry. Its 225 member companies include leading robot manufacturers, users, systems integrators, component suppliers, educators, research groups, and consulting firms.

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