STEM Foundation

Advances in Automation

Date: 9 January 2014 : 10:00 - 16:00

The growth of robot applications and sales is expected to continue for many years ahead. In 2013 global robot sales will increase by about 2% to 162,000 units, and the  International Federation of Robotics (IFR) predicts worldwide robot sales will increase by about 6% on average per year between 2014 and 2016, reaching more than 190,000 units new robots in the year

Understanding the impact of robots for UK industry is crucial. Not only do robots reduce operating costs, they also improving product quality and consistency, improve working conditions for employees, increase production output rates, give greater manufacturing flexibility and reduce material waste while increasing yield. Whilst automation seems to imply fewer jobs, between 2000 and 2008 the robotics industry created 8-10 million new jobs requiring high level technical skills. It is essential that colleges and educators understand the implications of industrial robots on the skills requirements for industry.

The Masterclass will be based at ABB’s training centre and will make use of their modern and fully equipped training facilities. At the event, you will meet members of the ABB technical and training teams, experts in the development, application and maintenance of robotic and automation systems, who will present on present production systems and future developments that can be expected in industrial robots. There will be tours of the training facilities and hands-on activities including an opportunity to programme robots using Robot Studio.

About the Host

ABB (www.abb.com) is a global leader in power and automation technologies.  Based in Zurich, Switzerland, the company employs 145,000 people and operates in approximately 100 countries.  ABB Robotic, a part of ABB’s Discrete Automation and Motion division, is a leading supplier of industrial robots, modular manufacturing systems and service. A strong solutions focus helps manufacturers improve productivity, product quality and worker safety. ABB has installed more than 200,000 robots worldwide. The ABB Training Centre includes a new Solutions Centre and offers access to the latest equipment including 6-axis robots.

Who is this Masterclass for?

  • All lecturers and trainers in engineering, including control and automation, plcs, robotics, electrical engineering, automotive engineering, and indeed anywhere where robots occurs, such as the food processing industry
  • Curriculum directors and managers in manufacturing, processing and production
  • Lecturers and teachers of electronics and computing may also find this of interest
  • Business development managers wishing to understand the requirements for technical skills for robotics, including maintenance, and in automation

BENEFITS

Further Education Colleges and their representatives that attend our Masterclasses benefit from:

  • Delegates will be given direct contact and link up to specialists nationally and internationally
  • The Masterclass carries 6 CPD points
  • Participants receive a NEF Certificate of Achievement
  • Masterclass participation can be used towards the professional registration of CPD with the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)

LOCATION

ABB’s Solutions Centre and Robot Training Centre

Precedent Dr,

Rooksley,

Buckinghamshire 

MK13 8PQ

 

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