Simon Miles, Business Development Manager for the Systems Division of The Automated Technology Group (ATG), explained a new automation training cell that ATG is building for the EEF in a presentation to delegates at the EEF’s Technology Hub on 6th February.
Invited to speak at the EEF’s Engineering Exchange showcasing advances in Robotics and Automation, Simon outlined the multi-functional training cell that ATG is supplying to the Technology Hub in Aston, before taking questions from the audience.
Explained Simon, “We have incorporated a variety of robots and control systems into the training cell, in order to give apprentices the widest possible knowledge and hands-on experience. The unit features a range of automated handling technologies that are typically found in automotive factories or logistics facilities.”
As well as designing the cell, the ATG Systems Division team will undertake the manufacture, installation and commissioning of the unit. Apprentices using the facility will be able to master a number of skills including robot programming, communications and use of safety controls. The training cell – which will also be used for upskilling of those currently working in the engineering sector – will feature Kuka, Fanuc and ABB robots, as well as wireless communications for part tracking and data capture, aligned with Industry 4.0.
Known as the manufacturers’ organisation, EEF is the voice of UK manufacturing, representing over 5,000 member companies of all sizes – from start-ups to multinationals – across engineering, manufacturing, technology and the wider industrial sector. The EEF holds six Engineering Exchange events a year on a range of relevant topics, to enable manufacturers to learn about the latest technologies and best practice as they plan for the future to remain competitive. Delegates also have the opportunity to network with industry colleagues and tour the state-of-the-art Technology Hub.
“We are always delighted to have the opportunity to share our expertise,” said Simon Miles. “Participation in events such as this provides a great sounding board for us at ATG. Speaking to manufacturers and understanding their concerns is crucial to our ability to provide for their evolving needs.”