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Fundamentals of Industrial Automation

Understand the techniques used in industrial automation with robotics and make suggestions for appropriate types of robotics hardware.

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The ASME Fundamentals of Industrial Automation training course provides the key foundational knowledge to evaluate industrial automation (IAT) properly as a potentially viable technology solution to improve an existing industrial production process. Learners are exposed to principal concepts, equipment, areas of study, and terminology used in industrial automation with robotics.
This course gives learners the ability to discuss and understand, at a high level, the techniques and strategies used in industrial automation with robotics projects as well as the capability to make suggestions for the types of robotics hardware that are appropriate for a given task. This course is also an opportunity to receive an introduction to the social, cultural, safety, and financial topics and concepts relevant in industrial automation with robotics.

Topics covered in this course include:

  • Robotics terminology
  • Descriptions of the topics needed in industrial automation from electrical, mechanical, and computer engineering as they relate to robotics
  • Mechatronics defined in relation to robotics
  • Types of robots and how they are used
  • Small, focused case studies and/or scenario-based tasks

By participating in this course, you will learning how to successfully: 

  • Analyze the three Ds of industrial automation: Dull, Difficult, Dangerous
  • Describe the right tool to use in the manufacturing process
  • Examine the pros and cons of different approaches to industrial manufacturing process improvement
  • Explore approaches to overcome social impacts of industrial automation in a workspace
  • Evaluate a manufacturing assignment based on critical thinking and problem solving using the case studies
  • Determine if an automated robotic system is a possible solution for a company

Additional benefits

  • Gain vocational and generalist knowledge in industrial automation, a many-step process
  • Combine engineering experience and skills with new knowledge and apply it in real world case studies
  • Fulfill career goals in a rapidly growing field
  • Gain an understanding of business considerations for industrial automation decision making
  • Gain an understanding of the human and social impacts of industrial automation

Who should attend?

  • Engineers across various fields (i.e., mechanical, electrical, computer, etc.) without formal training in robotics from previous academic programs 
  • Individuals who are considering a career in industrial robotics automation 
  • Working engineers in small to mid-size manufacturing companies looking to add robotic automation to their manufacturing process 
  • Owners and managers of companies seeking a greater understanding of robotic integration into manufacturing processes 

Course participants are expected to:

A Certificate of Completion will be issued to registrants who successfully complete this course

This course is included in the following Learning Path:
Industrial Automation with Robotics Learning Path
Assessing Suitability for Robotics in Manufacturing: A Case Study, Fundamentals of Industrial Automation, Six Axis Robot Arm
Price if purchased separately: $105
You save: $10
List Price: $95

Module 1: Introduction

  • Lesson: Introduction

Module 2: Principles of Industrial Automation

  • Lesson: The 3-Ds
  • Lesson: Mechatronics
  • Lesson: What is an Industrial Robot?
  • Lesson: Applications
  • Lesson: Conclusion

Module 3: Final Assessment

  • Lesson: IAR Quiz
Course Developer

Chris Quick

CEO, RealBotics, Inc.

Chris is the founder and CEO of RealBotics, Inc., a company specializing in remote control, telerobotics, and industrial automation consulting.

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