RIA Announces National Robot Safety Conference and International Collaborative Robots Workshop

The 28th Annual National Robot Safety Conference will be held October 17-19, 2016, followed by the International Collaborative Robots Workshop October 20, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio, at the Westin Hotel according to the Robotic Industries Association (RIA).

Ann Arbor, MI - June 29, 2016 - The 28th Annual National Robot Safety Conference will be held October 17-19, 2016, followed by the International Collaborative Robots Workshop October 20, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio, at the Westin Hotel according to the Robotic Industries Association (RIA).

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."

Learn more about or register for the National Robot Safety Conference and International Collaborative Robots Workshop today.

About Robotic Industries Association (RIA)
Founded in 1974, RIA is a not-for-profit trade association driving innovation, growth, and safety in manufacturing and service industries through education, promotion, and advancement of robotics, related automation technologies, and companies delivering integrated solutions. RIA represents 390 robot manufacturers, system integrators, component suppliers, end users, consulting firms, research groups, and educational institutions. The association hosts a number of events including the International Collaborative Robots Workshop (October 20, 2016 in Cincinnati), the National Robot Safety Conference (October 17-19, 2016 in Cincinnati), the Robotics Industry Forum (January 18-20, 2017 in Orlando) and the biennial Automate Show & Conference (April 3-6, 2017 in Chicago). RIA also provides quarterly robotics statistics and has a content-rich website, Robotics Online. For more details on RIA, visit www.robotics.org or call (734) 994-6088.

About Association for Advancing Automation (A3)
The Association for Advancing Automation is the global advocate for the benefits of automating. A3 promotes automation technologies and ideas that transform the way business is done. A3 is the umbrella group for Robotic Industries Association (RIA), AIA - Advancing Vision + Imaging, and Motion Control & Motor Association (MCMA). RIA, AIA, and MCMA combined represent some 940 automation manufacturers, component suppliers, system integrators, end users, research groups and consulting firms from throughout the world that drive automation forward. For more information, please visit our websites: A3 - RIA - AIA - MCMA.

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