Robotics Association Announces 2009 Safety Training Events

More locations and new venues expand choices for automation users

ANN ARBOR, Mich., Dec. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- As more companies adopt robots the need for safety training is expanding across the U.S. and Robotic Industries Association (RIA) is responding with more training events and locations than ever.

For the first time, Knoxville, Tennessee is host to RIA's 2009 Spring Robot Safety Conference at the Knoxville Marriott from March 23-25, 2009. This three-day conference features a mix of workshops and conference sessions. Tabletop exhibits also accompany the conference with top companies displaying their latest robots, accessories and safety product innovations.

The RIA continues a twenty-one-year tradition of safety training as the National Robot Safety Conference XXI comes to Detroit at the Hyatt Regency Dearborn October 26-29, 2009. Attendees have four days to receive comprehensive training for their automation safety concerns. Pre- and post- conference workshops accompany the main conference, which features presentations on robot safety, standards, case studies, the latest developments and more. A networking and tabletop trade fair is also included, adding to the event's value and excitement.

Companies interested in participating in the tabletop exhibits for either conference can call RIA at 734/994-6088.

In addition to its two conferences, RIA offers one-day Robot Safety Standard (R15.06) & Robot Risk Assessment Seminars. These robot safety seminars, modeled after RIA's popular In-House Training courses, make their inaugural stops in Long Beach, California at host facility DENSO Robotics on February 4, 2009, and in Phoenix on March 30, 2009.

According to RIA's Standards Development Director, Jeff Fryman, "The addition of the Long Beach and Phoenix seminars highlight the Association's commitment to reach those interested in industrial safety throughout the West. These seminars extend an opportunity for those in the region to attend and receive training that meets their needs."

Full seminar, workshop and conference agendas are being developed for all safety events and will be posted on the Association's website (visit along with detailed registration information.

About RIA

Founded in 1974, RIA is the only trade group in North America organized specifically to serve the robotics industry. Member companies include leading robot manufacturers, users, system integrators, component suppliers, research groups, and consulting firms. RIA is renowned worldwide as the sponsor of the Joseph F. Engelberger Robotics Awards, co-produces the biennial International Robots, Vision & Motion Control Show and Conference plus many regional events, and is secretariat of the ANSI/RIA R15.06-1999 Robot Safety Standard. RIA is the sole source of North American robotics industry statistics which are included in the World Robot Statistics published by the International Federation of Robotics. RIA also is publisher of the industry's leading Web portal, Robotics Online (

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