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The 28th Annual National Robot Safety Conference will be held October 17-19, 2016. The conference will be followed by the International Collaborative Robots Workshop on October 20, 2016.

The two events will be held at the Westin Hotel in Cincinnati, Ohio. Registration has now opened for both events and agendas are in process.

The events will see speaker representatives from industry leaders from across the world including Rockwell Automation, Boeing, Flextronics, Honda and Procter & Gamble.

“Robot safety and collaborative robot interest are at an all-time high, and we’re thrilled to be a part of it”, says Jeff Bernstein, President of Association for Advancing Automation, the umbrella company of RIA. “With our National Robot Safety Conference and International Collaborative Robots Workshop we are able to provide the industry with important updates in robot safety and knowledge on how to work with collaborative applications. This is essential information for any and all organizations using robotics today.”

North America’s robotics trade group, Robotic Industries Association (RIA), will host two major events in Pittsburgh this coming October. The 27th National Robot Safety Conference will be held October 12-14, 2015 followed by the International Collaborative Robots Workshop on October 15. Both events will be held at the Omni William Penn Hotel in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The National Robot Safety Conference is the world’s 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. The conference also includes a tabletop exhibit featuring leading companies specializing in industrial robot safety.

“Safety is priority one for the robotics industry,” said Jeff Burnstein, President of RIA. “This annual conference provides essential training on issues related to safeguarding all types of robot applications.”

Collaborative robots, or robots that work side by side with humans, is the hottest topic in robotics today. The International Collaborative Robots Workshop will explore advancements in the field with a global view on collaborative robot technology, applications, safety implications and human impacts. 

“We’ve had very strong interest at our previous International Collaborative Robots Workshops from major user companies who want to learn how this new class of robot can help them become stronger global competitors,” Burnstein said. “We’ll feature presentations from top experts in the field as well as a look at many of the leading collaborative robotics products.”

Burnstein noted that RIA is offering discounts to people attending both workshops. “Safety is critical in collaborative as well as traditional robot applications, so we decided to hold the two events back to back to make it easy for people to attend both.”

Registration will be open for both events on June 1. For more information visit Robotics Online or call the A3 headquarters at 734-994-6088.

For more information, visit: www.robotics.org/Upcoming-Events

Tuesday, 27 August 2013 09:58

25th National Robot Safety Conference

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The Robotic Industries Association (RIA) is hosting its 25th National Robot Safety Conference October 14-16, 2013 at the Marriott East Hotel in Indianapolis, IN.  The Conference focuses on the new American National Robot Safety Standard (ANSI/RIA R15.06-2012), the first update to the standard since 1999.

Developed by RIA, the new standard is now harmonized with the International ISO 10218:2011 standard for robot manufacturers and integrators.

Key issues to be addressed include risk assessment, machine safety controls, practical industrial robot safety, robot user case studies, and a primer on functional safety.  “As robots are being used in a growing number of applications and industries, it is extremely important to emphasize safety issues,” Burnstein explained.  “This Conference is the world’s leading robotics safety event and has been for the past quarter-century.”

A special exhibitor expo featuring leading robot safety products will be held on October 15.  “This is a great opportunity for attendees to see the latest safeguarding products and talk to experts about their specific needs,” Burnstein said.

Registration is now open, with early bird savings available before September 12.

For more information or to register, visit: www.robotics.org/safety13

Wednesday, 14 November 2012 09:05

Free RIA Webinar - Robots in the Warehouse

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There is a rapid growth in warehouse use of robots. Logistical issues such as Just in Time (JIT), First In First Out (FIFO), and throughput based tiered storage in ASRS (Automatic Storage and Retrieval Systems) are discussed. New advances in demand based work flow, time based storage and retrieval, and work step optimization is covered. Video helps brings into focus considerations for real world applications of robots for the warehouse.

Listen to the live presentation if the date and time fit your schedule. If not, you can listen to the recorded version at your leisure. A link to the recorded version will be sent within 24 hours of the live presentation.

Thursday, November 15, 2012
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST

For more information or to register, visit: www1.gotomeeting.com/register/248769513

Monday, 05 November 2012 11:50

North American Robotics Industry Up 20% in 2012

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North American based robotics companies are in the midst of another strong year, with new orders up 20%, according to new statistics released by Robotic Industries Association (RIA), the industry’s trade group.

A total of 16,363 robots valued at $1.1 billion were ordered in the first nine months by companies in North America, an increase of 20% in units and 29% in dollars over the same period in 2011. Including numbers from outside North America, the totals are 18,844 robots valued at $1.25 billion.

The automotive OEM and component suppliers remain the robotics industry’s biggest customers, accounting for 64% of the new orders through the third quarter. Sales to these two segments rose 45% through September.

Other industries with increased robot orders include metalworking (up 13%) and life sciences/pharmaceutical/biomedical (up four percent).

“The strong automotive-related orders in 2012 are especially impressive given that sales to automotive tier suppliers and OEMS jumped by even greater amounts in 2011 (77% to automotive component suppliers, 59% to automotive OEMS),” said Jeff Burnstein, RIA’s President.

“The strong growth in 2012 continues to reinforce the significant value that robots provide as a productivity tool for major US manufacturing companies. While automotive remains the largest market, interest across a wide range of both manufacturing and non-manufacturing companies continues to build and will provide the foundation for long-term industry growth,” said John Dulchinos, President & CEO at Adept Technology, who Chairs the RIA Statistics Committee and serves on the RIA Board of Directors.

RIA estimates that some 225,000 robots are now at use in United States factories, placing the US second only to Japan in robot use. “Many observers believe that only about 10% of the US companies that could benefit from robots have installed any so far,” Burnstein said, “and among those that have the most to gain from robots are small and medium sized companies.”

To help reach small and medium sized companies, RIA is one of the sponsors of Automate 2013, North America’s broadest automation solutions show and conference. Slated for January 21-24 at Chicago’s McCormick Place, the event focuses on how robots, vision, motion control and related automation technologies can help solve challenges faced by companies of all sizes in every industry. The event is collocated with ProMat 2013, North America’s leading event for materials handling and logistics.

Drew Greenblatt, President of Marlin Steel, and Matt Tyler, President & CEO of Vickers Engineering will be among the business leaders discussing how automation helped make their small companies more successful global competitors. They will participate in a special session following a free keynote address by Steve Forbes, Chairman and Editor in Chief, Forbes Media, at 9 am on Tuesday morning, January 22. More than 150 companies will exhibit at Automate, including more than 30 complete system suppliers. For full show and conference details, visit the Automate 2013 website.

Founded in 1974, RIA represents some 300 member companies, including leading robot manufacturers, system integrators, end users, research groups, and consulting firms. RIA’s quarterly statistics report is based on data supplied by member companies representing an estimated 90% of the North American market.

For more information, visit: www.robotics.org

North American robotics companies sold more industrial robots in the second quarter of 2012 than any previous quarter in history, according to new statistics released by Robotic Industries Association (RIA), the industry’s trade group.

A total of 5,556 robots valued at $403.1 million were sold to North American companies, a jump of 14% in units and 28% in dollars over the same quarter in 2011. Orders in the first half of 2012 totaled 10,652 robots valued at $747 million, increases of 20% in units and 29% in dollars over the same period last year.

“Obviously, we’re thrilled about the great results so far this year,” said Jeff Burnstein, President of RIA. The strong sales reflect increased demand for robotics in industries such as automotive, plastics & rubber, and metals. However, as the economy slows, it’s not clear that these numbers will remain as strong heading forward.”

Orders for spot welding robots, used primarily in automotive solutions, jumped 68% in the first half of 2012. Other big jumps were seen in coating & dispensing (+42%), arc welding (+20%), and assembly (+19%). Material removal orders, a smaller application area, rose 364 percent.

Automotive related orders accounted for 65% of units and 64% of dollars in the first half of 2012. This represents sharp gains of 44% in units and 56% in dollars over the opening half of 2011.

“It’s great that the auto related numbers continue to post huge gains, but as we know, automotive industry purchases are cyclical,” Burnstein explained. “However, we were disappointed to see non-automotive related orders fall eight percent in units and one percent in dollars in the first half of the year, with even sharper declines in the second quarter alone.”

RIA estimates that some 220,000 robots are now used in the United States, placing the US second only to Japan in robot use.

Founded in 1974, RIA represents some 265 member companies including leading robot manufacturers, system integrators, component suppliers, end users, research groups and consulting firms. RIA’s quarterly statistics report is based on confidential data provided by member companies representing an estimated 90% of the North American market.

For more information, visit: www.robotics.org

Thursday, 12 July 2012 09:21

Webinar: Robot Safety Awareness

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A new robot safety standard is in the pipeline from Robotic Industries Association. Manufacturers have already started producing robots that are compliant. Users and integrators now must consider guidelines that are harmonized with ISO. For more than a decade, OSHA has referred to the ANSI/RIA R15.06-1999 Robot Safety Standard but times change and so has the standard. This webinar gives you a chance to hear about the changes directly from RIA before they go into effect.

Support for this webinar comes from RIA members including ABB and Omron STI.

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

Thursday, August 9, 2012
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT

For more information or to register, visit: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/463641513

New trends in material removal robotics are changing old processes. Waterjet cutting, grinding, laser cutting and knife based trimming are some examples. Registering parts with vision and compensating material removal with constant force during dynamic path following is covered. Constant speed motions, linear and arc interpolation, smoothing filters and related topics are reduced to easy-to-understand slides and application movies.

Support for this webinar comes from RIA members including ABB and ATI Industrial Automation.

Thursday, July 19, 2012
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT

For more information or to register, visit: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/986971905

Thursday, 24 May 2012 11:17

Robots: Vision Guidance Technology (2D)

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Basic techniques in 2D Vision Guided Robotics (VGR) are covered. The concepts of X, Y centroids, part angles and grip offsets are introduced. Robot and vision coordinate systems are described as well as fixed and robot mounted camera calibration techniques. The webinar explains application development steps and sample programming code. Concepts are reinforced with real-world application movies.

Date: Thursday, June 7, 2012
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

For more information or to register, visit: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/544456544

North American robotics companies enjoyed one of the industry’s strongest opening quarters ever, according to new statistics released from Robotic Industries Association (RIA), the industry’s trade group.

A total of 5,096 robots valued at $343.8 million were ordered from North American robotics companies through March, increases of 27% in units and 30% in dollars over the same period in 2011.

A total of 4,605 robots valued at $299.6 million were shipped to North American customers in the first quarter, the best opening quarter ever for shipments.

“It’s clear that the strong demand we saw in our record-breaking year of 2011 has continued into 2012,” said Jeff Burnstein, President of RIA. “The activity is especially strong among automotive OEMs and tier suppliers, where robot orders jumped 42% in the first quarter over a year ago. In fact, automotive-related orders accounted for 65% of the new orders in the first quarter of 2012. Non-automotive orders grew six percent,” Burnstein said.

The demand from the automotive sector also led to a change in the leading application area. Material handling robots have accounted for the most sales in recent years, but were overtaken in the first quarter by welding and soldering robots, typically found in automotive related applications.

A strong spot in the non-automotive sector was food & consumer goods, where orders jumped 31% in the first quarter of 2012.

“What we’re seeing in North America is consistent with what we’re seeing all over the world,” said John Dulchinos, President & CEO at Adept Technology, Pleasanton, California and Chair of RIA’s Statistical Collection Committee. “Robotics and automation is reaching every industry, driven by the need for increased productivity, quality, flexibility, and speed.”

RIA estimates that some 216,000 robots are now used in the United States, placing the US second only to Japan in robot use.

Founded in 1974, RIA represents some 265 member companies, including leading robot manufacturers, system integrators, end users, research groups, and consulting firms. RIA’s quarterly statistics report is based on data supplied by member companies representing an estimated 90% of the North American market.

For more information, visit: www.robotics.org

Thursday, 05 April 2012 08:15

Second Annual Michigan Robotics Day

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The National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS), in partnership with the University of Michigan, will host the Second Annual Michigan Robotics Day on Monday, April 9, 2012.

This event is open to anyone who wants to learn about the incredible advances made by Michigan’s robotics technology sector with a strong emphasis on companies who would like to do business in Michigan. The event also highlights Michigan’s vibrant science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) community and its outstanding research universities. Robotics industry experts will meet with University researchers and students to promote the State as a global force in robotics and autonomous vehicles.

“Michigan is positioned to lead the world in robotics innovation,” said NCMS President & CEO Rick Jarman. “Consider the massive talent and infrastructure that already exists here in the state. Design and deployment of robotics technology will ultimately depend on advanced manufacturing - exactly the kind of capability in which Michigan companies excel.”

The daylong event will highlight the promise of robotics in Michigan, and confirm the field as an economic development engine for the State. The highlight of the event will be a keynote by Professor Lawrence Burns, a noted expert on next generation vehicle technology, including autonomous vehicles, transportation energy, and connected vehicles. Professor Burns is working with Google’s autonomous vehicle project and formerly served as Vice President of R&D for General Motors.

The day will include demonstrations of autonomous vehicles from leading automakers, robots from many state research institutions, and FIRST high school robotics teams demonstrating the next generation’s commitment to the technology. Student teams will have the chance to meet leaders in the robotics world, garner feedback for their work, and begin networking within the industry.

“Robotics represents a cradle-to-career opportunity for Michigan students,” said Phil Callihan, an Executive Director at NCMS. “They can start in high school, competing with FIRST robotics teams, do cutting edge research at our universities, and then work at Michigan companies who are global leaders in their field. This is an opportunity for long-term job growth, innovation, and success.”

The event takes place on April 9, 2012, starting at 9:00 a.m. Attendance is free and the public is welcome, with lunch provided for those who register by April 2.

Location: University of Michigan- North Campus
Building 18, North Campus Research Complex
2800 Plymouth Rd
Ann Arbor MI, 48105

Registration, agenda and speaker bios for this event are available at: www.mirobotics.org

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