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Vision & Robots for Automotive Manufacturing Workshop Set for October 17 & 18


ANN ARBOR, MI, August 24, 2006 – A new workshop focused on how to successfully apply machine vision and robotics technology for automotive applications will take place October 17 & 18, 2006, at the Sheraton Detroit Novi Hotel in Novi, Michigan (suburban Detroit).

Presentations from current users and suppliers to the industry will be accompanied by tabletop exhibits from leading machine vision and robotics companies from around the world.

‘‘This is the most comprehensive workshop ever held for companies involved in automotive manufacturing who want to learn how machine vision and robotics can help them reduce cost, boost productivity, improve quality and increase flexibility,’‘ said Jeffrey A. Burnstein, Executive Director, Automated Imaging Association (AIA), one of the trade groups sponsoring the workshop.

Applications such as auto racking, bin picking, traceability, 3D weld seam inspection and error proofing will be explored in detail.  Panel discussions on object tracking/visual servoing and using robots and vision as inline CMMs also will be featured.

While most of the talks on the first day (October 17) deal with applications that involve robots and vision working together, separate tracks will be offered on October 18 for people who have a desire to go into more detail on either robots or vision.

Burnstein said that while the workshop is focused on automotive manufacturing, people in other industries will find it useful as well.  ‘‘Applications developed for one industry often spur ideas for other industries,’‘ he explained.  ‘‘Plus, we’ll have general talks such as how training can improve productivity and reduce costs and how to establish a successful robots and vision project that will appeal to anyone using or considering using robots and machine vision.’‘

More than 50 companies have already signed up for tabletop exhibits, including ABB, Cognex, FANUC, ifm Efector, ISRA Vision Systems, Kawasaki Robotics, Nachi, Pilz, PPT Vision, Servo Robot, Shafi Inc., Spectrum Illumination and Toshiba Imaging Systems. 

Early bird workshop registration is available for $795 through September 22; after that, the rates increase to $845.  The sponsors expect 75 to 100 people to participate in the workshop.

The full list of exhibitors, as well as the preliminary agenda of talks and registration forms, can be found at www.roboticsonline.com or www.machinevisiononline.org.
People interested in participating also can contact Automated Imaging Association (AIA) or Robotic Industries Association (RIA) at 734/994-6088.

Founded in 1974, Robotic Industries Association is North America’s only trade association dedicated solely to industrial robotics. Member companies include leading robot manufacturers, users, system integrators, component suppliers, research groups, and consulting firms. Known globally as North America’s representative to the International Federation of Robotics, RIA has the industry’s number-one Web site, Robotics Online (www.roboticsonline.com), with more than one million visitors last year.

Founded in 1984, Automated Imaging Association is the world’s largest machine vision trade group, representing some 250 companies from 24 nations.  Key AIA activities include trade shows and conferences, annual market studies, standards development and Machine Vision Online (www.machinevisiononline.org), the world’s leading resource for machine vision information.

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