ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Universal Robots today launched its Authorized Training Centers (ATC) program, which teams up with UR sales partners to provide hands-on cobot training classes hosted by UR trained teachers. The new program expands on the company’s UR Academy online modules, the company said.
Worldwide, the company plans to launch 50 fully authorized ATCs, 13 of which will be in North America. As part of today’s announcement, the first four ATCs in the U.S. were announced:
- Advanced Control Solutions, in Marietta, Ga.
- Applied Controls, in Malvern, Pa.
- HTE Automation Technologies, in St. Louis, Mo., and Lenexa, Kansas.
- Ralph W. Earl Company, in Syracuse, N.Y.
In addition to those centers, UR said four training centers would be opening at UR offices in Ann Arbor, Mich., Irving, Texas, Garden City, N.Y., and Irvine, Calif. For class schedules and more information, visit the UR Academy site.
Training beyond online modules
Stuart Shepherd, regional sales director of UR’s Americas division, said the ATC launch is an answer to sales partners requests for more ways to offer support and training in a setting that lets customers experience the robots. “Now, current and potential customers can get in-person training, customizing their specific applications and needs,” said Shepherd. “Not only are our partners excited about this opportunity, they’re virtually lining up to be the next rollout.”
At the cobot training centers, trainers will cover a range of core and advanced cobot programming skills, which include cobot scripting, industrial communication, and interface usage, UR said. “Small class sizes with student-centered objectives and hands-on practice with UR robots ensure that participants come away with valuable skills they can apply immediately in their workplace,” the company said.
Modules at an ATC will include:
- Core: For any user of a UR cobot who has completed the online modules. This covers safety setup, basic applications, and flexible redeployment.
- Advanced: For cobot users, technical sales people, and integrators with a practical need to optimize applications or find new ways of deploying UR cobots. This module covers scripting, advanced uses of force control and TCP, conveyor tracking, and performance review.
- Industrial Communication: For users and developers who need to integrate cobots with third-party devices. This covers Modbus TCP, FTP server, dashboard server, socket communication, Ethernet/IP and Profinet.
- Interfaces: For users and developers who need in-depth knowledge on how to interface with UR cobots using script interfaces. This covers UR scripting, socket communications, client interfaces (port 30001-30003), real time data exchange and XML/RPC.
- Service and Troubleshooting: For users, technicians, and engineers wanting/needing a better understanding of the mechanical hardware used by UR cobots, how to diagnose issues and resolve them. This covers the configuration of the cobot arm, controller, and safety system as well as preventative maintenance, system troubleshooting, and replacement of parts.
Cale Harbour, vice president of product marketing at Advanced Control Solutions (ACS), said its cobot training center enables the company to move from being a vendor to “becoming a trusted partner and product expert.”
“From a business perspective, being able to offer this type of training also improves our place in the market, ensuring that current and potential customers start to rely on us as automation experts,” Harbour said. “As our customers build their knowledge, they can deploy the technology faster and see the benefits to their production – and their bottom line – quicker. It’s a win-win for everybody involved.”