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SAFEGUARDING WORKERS IS FOCUS OF NATIONAL ROBOT SAFETY CONFERENCE SET FOR NOVI HILTON, OCT. 27-29

 SAFEGUARDING WORKERS IS FOCUS OF NATIONAL ROBOT SAFETY CONFERENCE
 SET FOR NOVI HILTON, OCT. 27-29
 ANN ARBOR, Mich., Oct. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- How to safeguard people who work around industrial robots is the focus of the upcoming National Robot Safety Conference at the Novi (Mich.) Hilton Hotel, Oct. 27-29, 1992, sponsored by Robotic Industries Association (RIA).
 The event features an examination of the new American National Robot Safety Standard developed by RIA, as well as presentations from leading robotics users and manufacturers.
 Highlights include an in-depth workshop on risk assessment, conducted by Ken Bixby, senior manufacturing and systems engineer, Caterpillar Inc.; a discussion of OSHA enforcement practices by Michael Connors, U.S. Department of Labor; perspectives on how to conduct a robot safety audit by John Brennan of the Michigan Department of Labor and Dan Anderson of Chrysler Corporation; and a look at robot safety training issues from Ralph Sievers of Science Applications International Corporation.
 Special tabletop exhibits of leading robot safety products will be featured from 5-7 p.m. on Oct. 28. Twenty companies from throughout the U.S. and Canada will show safety mats, light curtains, fences, presence-sensing devices, and related safety products.
 "Even though robots have an outstanding safety record, they present unique challenges because of their speed, power, and method of operation. We urge all robot users, large and small, to make safety a top priority," said Jim Peyton, RIA's manager of Standards Development.
 Some 150 people from throughout North America will attend the conference. Registration fees are $495, with optional tutorials and a tour of the Ford Rawsonville plant available for an additional fee. For full details, contact RIA Headquarters at P.O. Box 3724, Ann Arbor, MI 48106; telephone 313-994-6088; fax 313-994-3338.
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 /CONTACT: Jeff Burnstein of Robotic Industries Association, 313-994-6088/ CO: Robotic Industries Association ST: Michigan IN: CPR SU:


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