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President at Customer Attraction Marketing Consulting
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My Name is Brian Jencks. I tutor students now in high school and get the question: “what should I do? And how should I do it?” I believe there is a future in robots that perform in hostile environments (collapsed buildings, nuclear waste sites, ocean depths, bomb threats, avalanches, outer space, burning buildings …). I can not find information on educational paths for such careers. Standard rap for engineers sure—but are there any specialized programs? (I am not asking about industrial robots—that ship has sailed.)
Hi Brian, There are lots and lots of opportunities in industrial robotics, collaborative robotics, autonomous robots and certainly in specialized niche industries such as security, service and emergency robots. There are lots of community colleges and universities across North America with programs on automation and robotics programming, machine vision, etc. Search on Google for technical robotics courses near you. Also consider reaching out to an automation integrator company (or robot mfg company) and asking where they hire their robot apprentices and co-op students. Good Luck, Jim Beretta www.customerattraction.com
Hello, I am looking for Industry experts / consults who have strong expertise in End-of-Arm Tooling (EOAT) and Automation industry. Ideally, the consults have both strategy and technical background. Thank you.
Hi Cindy, Please reach out to me with any questions you might have about EOATs and the end effector industry. Best regards, Jim Jim Beretta Customer Attraction Cambridge, ON
I am currently carrying out an school assignment at a production company. Products that they make are currently assembled manually. The company supplies many different variants of a product. I have to say which product is eligible for automatic assembly and why. This I did based on production volume and the difficulty of the assembly operations. Are there any other factors that I have to take into account?
Could a robot do the assembly operations? One thing that you should consider is how many parts need to be automatically fed and how they would be fed (bowlfeeders, smart feeders or trays). Will you use robots? Do you need a final test system or vision? Do you need conveyors? Remember to take into consideration the time it takes to build and test the system (called commissioning).
What segments make up the Industrial Robotics industry?
Hi Madison, I am giving a webinar next Thursday on Robotics 101 with RIA and it will cover this question, but right now, automotive is the big driver for industrial automation. Specifically welding, painting, and assembly. Robots are in almost every sector of the economy, and in every process for manufacturing, material handling to inspection, pick and place to storage/retrieval and packaging / food automation. Hope this helps. Regards, Jim