The Robotics Industries Association (RIA) and Canadian Standards Association (CSA) are co-sponsoring the 2004 North American Robot Safety Conference from March 24 to 26 in Toronto. Attendees will have the chance to learn to apply the Z432–Safeguarding of Machinery standard to a robot system environment; learn about accident prevention strategies; participate in panel discussions with technical experts; and share in case studies on integration projects, including working with an integrator. For information on the conference, including a list of exhibitors, visit www.roboticsonline.com/public/calendar/index.cfm.
What should be the perception of a product’s real-world performance with regard to the published spec sheet? While it is easy to assume that the product will operate according to spec, what variables should be considered, and is that a designer obligation or a customer responsibility? Or both?
Biomimicry has already found its way into the development of robots and new materials, with researchers studying animals and nature to come up with new innovations. Now thanks to researchers in Boston, biomimicry could even inform the future of electrical networks for next-generation displays.
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.