The Ann Arbor-based Robotic Industries Association said that presentations from global experts at the recent Automate 2011 42nd International Symposium on Robotics, held in Chicago in March, are now available on CD.

Nineteen in-depth tutorial and 20 multi-speaker session presentations are included on the proceedings CD, which is available for $225 plus shipping. The conference  attracted more than 400 participants.

Among the proceedings highlights are new insights on vision guided robotics, case studies on successful robotics and machine vision applications, advances in motion control technology, and a look at cutting-edge robotics research.

Another important element of the CD is the material on “New Developments in Robot Safety” by Jeff Fryman, RIA’s Director of Standards Development. He cites the advent of “safety rated soft-axis and space limiting technology” and “collaborative robot applications” as “game changers.” These and other issues are to be addressed in detail Sept. 19-21 in Knoxville, Tenn. at RIA’s 23rd annual National Robot Safety Conference.

The Automate Show and Conference is a biennial event from Robotic Industries Association, Automated Imaging Association and Motion Control Association. Together, these trade associations represent over 600 automation manufacturers, component suppliers, system integrators, end users, consulting firms, educators and research groups. In addition to the trade show and accompanying technical conference, the groups develop industry standards, hold industry networking events, collect market statistics, offer educational resources, and provide content-rich websites. More at


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