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The Danish robotics company Universal Robots (UR) recently released a series of free online training modules designed to impart valuable training to both students and professional engineers – via interactive simulations – about operating and programming collaborative robots (also known as cobots).
While it is uncommon in the industry for a robotic training curriculum of this caliber to be offered without cost, CTO and founder Esben Østergaard has a specific mission in mind:
“This is a long-term investment for us. We want to raise the level of robot literacy and the reason for speeding up the entry of cobots is not only to optimize production here and now. We are facing a looming skills gap in the manufacturing industry that we need to bridge by any means possible. Facilitating knowledge creation and access to our robots is an important step in that direction.”
UR’s robots imitate human arms and can articulate and execute movements with an impressive level of precision. When combined with easily customizable computer instructions, the robots are able to automate almost any process, and offer users a great degree of versatility.
The training modules offer concise information in organized packages which comprise the basic programming of UR robots. Topics include configuring end-effectors, connecting I/Os, creating basic programs, and applying safety features to an application. The six modules are as follows:
- Module 1: First look – Features and Terminology
- Module 2: How the Robot Works
- Module 3: Setting up a Tool
- Module 4: Creating a Program
- Module 5: Interaction with External Devices
- Module 6: Safety Settings
Able to be completed in just under an hour and a half, UR’s training routine is ideal for students of all stripes and backgrounds, including professional engineers or hobbyists. The fact that the lessons are accessible online, in 5 languages, also increases participants’ ability to learn at their own pace, without the need of visiting a physical classroom. Hands-on training is also available through UR’s Universal Robots Academy.
How will industrial robots impact the future of manufacturing? Check out ABI’s 45 billion dollar forecast for 2025.