Advanced Manufacturing

Our 3,000-square-foot training center serves the needs of Wake County business and industry by providing workforce training for technicians in industrial automation, circuit board technology, collaborative robotics, basic machining, and 3D printing. All programs include hands-on lab training supplemented with online instruction through Tooling University. 

Advanced Manufacturing programs and courses: 

  • Industrial Automation: Electrical, PLC, Hydraulics, Pneumatics Controls
  • Circuit Board Technology: IPC Certifications in Circuit Board Assembly, Repair, Assessment, and Wire and Harness Fabrication

  • Collaborative Robotics: Robotics Utilization, Operation, Basic Programming

  • Introductory Machining and 3D Printing: Introductory Vertical Mill and Horizontal Lathe, 3D Printing, Mechanical Troubleshooting, Mechanical Blueprint Reading

Course Details & Registration Information

Course
Collaborative Robotics
Name
MEC-3010D1
Available Classes
Not currently offered.
Description Course Outline Requirements Intended Audience More Details
Intended Audience
This course is intended for personnel who wish to be employed in an industry position that utilizes Robotics Technicians
Description
Study the principles of collaborative robotics, their uses and multiple applications, and their operation and maintenance, through hands-on labs and online learning modules. This fascinating course includes materials from Tooling University On-Line, with input from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers.
Course Objectives
  1. Have the understanding of the classifications, characteristics, and functions of industrial and collaborative robots
    as well as basic safety precautions for working with robots, and have an the understanding of different methods
    of protecting workers from industrial and collaborative robot accidents.
  2. Have the understanding of the functions and characteristics of the different components of an industrial and collaborative robot as well as the various types of end effectors and their uses.
  3. Have the understanding of the most common applications of industrial and collaborative robots as well as Identify and review the common methods of industrial automation.
  4. Have the understanding of the most common robot axes, and how they are used to control robot movement.
  5. Have the understanding of sensors that provide feedback data to robots as well as be able to explain the categories of sensors and shows how sensors are used in industrial and collaborative robotics. .
  6. Gain an understanding of the troubleshooting process and learn how to identify problems and their causes as well as, go through some problems specific to robots and identify common causes and solutions
  7. Describe and gain a working understanding of the importance of maintenance, as well as the various approaches and methods used by maintenance workers today to keep industrial and collaborative robots performing optimally.
  8. Describe and gain a working understanding of the fundamental concepts required for programming industrial and collaborative robots.
  9. Describe and gain a working understanding of the basic types of robotic control systems, as well as learn about the effects of PID control in closed-loop control systems and how to tune your system in order to achieve the desired performance.
  10. Describe and gain a working understanding of how vision systems work and how they are used for industrial and collaborative robots, and in addition describe and gain a working understanding of concerns with mounting cameras and lighting in an industrial environment.
Outline of Instruction
  1. Session 1
    Objective: Define and understand the following:
    Explain the importance of industrial robot safety.
    Describe common causes of hazardous robot movement.
    Identify the terminology used to specify a robot safeguarding system.
    Describe lockout/tagout safeguards for robots.
    Describe common controls for stopping robot motion in emergencies
    List NIOSH guidelines for robot safety.
    Review Questions/Quiz
  2. Session 2
    Objective: Define and understand the following:
    Distinguish between pneumatic drives and electric drives.
    Describe servomotors and encoders.
    Describe the teach pendant.
    Describe the axis control module.
    Describe sensors for robots.
    Describe the parts of a robotic arm.
    Describe the degrees of freedom of a robotic arm.
    Describe the end-effectors of a robotic arm.
    Describe grippers.
    Review Questions/Quiz
  3. Session 3
    Objective: Define and understand the following:
    Define end effectors.
    Identify the types of end effectors.
    Describe grippers.
    Identify types of grippers.
    Describe factors for gripper selection.
    Describe common end effector maintenance practices.
    Review Questions/Quiz
  4. Session 4
    Objective: Define and understand the following:
    Describe the advantages and disadvantages of using robots.
    Describe the basic capabilities of robots.
    Describe the various type of dedicated robots.
    Review Questions/Quiz
  5. Session 5
    Objective: Define and understand the following:
    Describe robot axes.
    Describe robot coordinates.
    Identify Cartesian axes using the right-hand rule.
    Describe robot coordinate systems.
    Describe rotational axes.
    Describe degrees of freedom.
    Describe kinematics.
    Describe inverse kinematics.
    Describe vectors.
    Describe Jacobians.
    Describe the types of paths robots can be programmed to take.
    Review Questions/Quiz
  6. Session 6
    Objective: Define and understand the following:
    Describe robot sensors.
    Describe sensor usage for industrial robots.
    Explain the role of the controller for robot sensors.
    Identify common types of sensors.
    Describe the role of sensors in robot safety
    Review Questions/Quiz.
  7. Session 7
    Objective: Define and understand the following:
    Describe robot programming.
    Describe walk-through programming.
    Describe lead-through programming.
    List the advantages and disadvantages of online programming.
    Describe offline programming.
    Describe point to point control.
    Describe continuous path control.
    Describe robot simulator programs.
    Review Questions/Quiz
  8. Session 7
    Objective: Define and understand the following:
    Define vision systems.
    Describe the linear array.
    Describe matrix arrays.
    Describe machine vision systems.
    Describe pixels.
    Explain how vision systems use image intensity.
    Distinguish between vidicon and solid state cameras.
    Identify the common ways to position lighting devices.
    Identify the types of lighting devices.
    Review Questions/Quiz
Contact Hours
24
CEU's
No
Industry Standard, State, or National Certification
Yes
Certification
National Production Technician Certification
Website URL
www.msscusa.org
Certification Learning Outcomes/Requirements
  1. Participants learn Manufacturing Processes.
  2. Participants learn Maintenance Awareness.
  3. Participants learn Manufacturing Quality.
  4. Participants learn Safety Procedures.
CE to CU Articulation
No
Prerequisites
Basic math and general computer skills
Text and Supplies Needed
Student guides, Robotics Systems training panels and associated tools and equipment
Clinical Site/Special Facilities
Advanced Manufacturing Center.
Requirements for Successful Completion of this Course
  1. Attendance 90% or above
  2. Participation
  3. Completion of all assigned online modules with a score of 75% minimum for each module.
Accreditation/Special Approval Requirements
None
Intended Audience
This course is intended for personnel who wish to be employed in an industry position that utilizes Robotics Technicians
Specific Industry or Business Support Needs
Robotics Technician
Wake County Need for Industry Positions
This is a skill gap area for the light manufacturing in Wake County that is dependent on Robotics skilled technicians to keep manufacturing systems operating.
Industry or Job Titles Related to training Outcomes for Employment
  • Robotics Technician
Related Courses
Course Contact Information
Advanced Manufacturing Center