Robot training centre gears-up to meet UK manufacturing growth

05 October 2010

With the UK manufacturing industry currently enjoying a period of strong growth, ABB has decided that the time is right to invest in its robot training centre. The Milton Keynes based facility is already said to be the UKs largest dedicated industrial robotic technology training school.

"With the current upturn in the UK manufacturing sector, there has never been a more important time to ensure the present and future generation of engineers and operators are trained to take advantage of the potential growth opportunities that robots can bring," said Nigel Platt, ABB’s UK sales and marketing manager for robotics. "This requires them to be equipped with the skills needed to ensure the best levels of performance from their installed robots."

New additions to the training centre include two IRB 360 FlexPicker robots, widely used in the FMCG industry for picking and packing applications. This dedicated dual cell, which incorporates dual conveyors and PickMaster 3 software, will assist trainees in gaining a better understanding of picking and packing ‘on the fly’ by introducing them to a host of programming software and options such as the latest ABB vision software, product distribution techniques and conveyor tracking features. The training cell is equipped for the trainee to develop their skills and competence in optimising picking and packing accuracies, in high speed handling production lines.

"ABB’s commitment to training the UK manufacturing sector and the next generation of engineers is undeniable," said Platt "We now need to encourage more UK manufacturers, colleges and training schools to embrace the opportunities and value of training in robotic technology. We are already working with a number of colleges in the area and with our courses expanding; we look forward to welcoming new students to the training centre."

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