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Randolph Community College Obtains Robotics Training Certification

ASHEBORO (July 11, 2013)

RCC student Tony Laughlin works on a FNUC Certified Education Robot Training (CERT) unit.
Randolph Community College student Tony Laughlin works on a FANUC Robotics’ Certified Education Robot Training (CERT) unit. CERT is a compact, portable, self-contained robotics educational laboratory that allows students to learn how to program a real robot, in real time, in a safe and controlled environment—anywhere it can be rolled to. The cart includes a six-axis, fully articulated industrial robot; an integrated vision system; programmable logic controller; and simulation software. Laughlin is double majoring in Electrical Systems Technology and Mechatronics Engineering Technology.

Randolph Community College and Electrical Systems Technology instructor Tom Jones recently met the requirements for the FANUC Certified Education Robot Training program. FANUC Robotics is the world leader in industrial robots and factory automation programs. With FANUC’s educational robots, students can learn to utilize the latest automation technology while applying science, technology, engineering, and math.
           
“Robotics is how American industry is going to compete in the world market,” said Jones of the importance of this new training. “Folks are going to have to learn to be robotics technicians.” Jones said that industrial robots can be used for material handling like palletizing, packing, and sorting; light assembly; welding; painting; and some surgical procedures. It is estimated that there are over 100 industrial robots in use in Randolph County’s manufacturing industries. To earn the certification, Jones participated in over 90 hours of instruction through FANUC, including developing PowerPoint and video lesson plans on teaching robotics.
           
Now that RCC is certified, RCC students in Electrical Systems Technology and Mechatronics Engineering Technology can earn a FANUC robotics certification as a stackable credential to take into the workplace.  FANUC America provides the necessary training to instructors as well as a curriculum to introduce students to robot applications including integrated vision systems (IRVision), programming a logic controller, and using ROBOGUIDE simulation software.
           
RCC’s CERT cart was purchased through a $45,000 grant from the Timken Foundation of Canton in 2011. RCC Computer-Integrated Machining students may also train on the FANUC unit if they sign up for an automation class. 
           
For more information on RCC’s advanced manufacturing training programs, visit the RCC website at www.randolph.edu/academics/mechanical_industrial/.