Cowley gets new cart for its robotics programs

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By NewsCow staff
January 18, 2013 - 9:42:44 pm
Daniel Higdon and Sean Reed with the new FANUC Certified Education Robot Training Cart.
Rama Peroo/ Cowley College

Providing students with an opportunity to learn how to program a real robot, in a controlled environment, Cowley College recently added a FANUC Certified Education Robot Training cart to its robotics class.

Students can learn to utilize the latest automation technology while applying science, technology, engineering, and math. Students that complete the school's robotics class will automatically be certified by FANUC in material handling processes.

Accompanying the CERT cart, Cowley also purchased 3D simulation software so students can develop programs offline, a valuable tool being utilized in industry. This system also uses iR Vision; which is a state-of-the-art tool using a camera to adjust the robot to its environment.

"This is a huge boost for our program," robotics course instructor Daniel Higdon said, shortly after returning from his training at Fanuc Robotics to become a certified instructor.

Sean Reed, president of Advatec Robotics, delivered the hardware for the CERT cart on Thursday, and said the Cart will better prepare students to enter the workforce.

"With multiple manufacturing companies in this area using Fanuc Robotics, this should be very attractive to potential students because they can get their robotics certification stamp and go straight into manufacturing work on equipment from day one, this will make them very marketable" Reed said.

For more information on Cowley College's Robotic class or the school's Career and Technical Education Department, contact 620-441-5279.

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