Industrial Automation is the use of technology including specialized equipment, computer software, and robots to reduce human intervention in industrial processes to make them more cost effective, efficient, faster, and less prone to errors. Industrial automation is quickly becoming omnipresent in all industries.
This ASME official learning path, comprised of three self-study eLearning courses accessible via ASME’s Learning Hub, is designed to provide learners with the key considerations to determine if industrial automation with robotics is a viable technological solution to improve an existing industrial production process. During the learning path, engineering experience and skills are combined with new knowledge to apply industrial automation in real world case studies.
The Fundamentals of Industrial Automation 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.
The Six Axis Robot Arm course provides key foundational knowledge of the anatomy that goes into the six-axis robot, the specification of robotic properties such as payload and reach requirements, and an overview of how to startup, shutdown, and jog six-axis systems. In manufacturing, the hallmarks of this rapidly developing articulated robot are speed, efficiency, quality maximization, and cost reduction. This course also covers the fundamental concepts and terminology that small-to-major manufacturers are using to strengthen industries across the U.S.
The Assessing Suitability for Robotics in Manufacturing: A Case Study course illustrates critical concepts to review, select, and plan the integration of a robot to successfully automate a portion of a given industrial process, while ensuring that the relevant economic factors and safety measures are considered.
By participating in this learning path, you will learn how to successfully:
- Describe the general process of industrial automation
- Employ critical thinking, problem solving and effective decision-making strategies to assess the suitability of specific tasks for automation with robotics
- Assess potential robotics integrations in manufacturing
- Explain the human, social and cultural impacts of industrial automation
- Utilize good practices to address the effect of the introduction of robotics on a company's culture
- Identify the risks and rewards of applying robotics to an industrial process
For the full list of learning objectives and detailed descriptions for this learning path, please click on the links to the individual courses above.
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
A Certificate of Completion will be issued to registrants who successfully complete each course in this industrial automation with robotics training learning path
Course participants are expected to have:
- Access to computer equipment and a reliable internet connection
- Software to display PDF files (such as Adobe Reader)
- Fundamental engineering knowledge
- A familiarity with engineering ethics, such as ASME’s Code of Ethics of Engineers or via the ASME self-study e-Learning course Ethics for Engineers: Doing the Right Thing When No One is Looking
- Ideally, some experience working in the manufacturing industry, basic economic principles and an understanding of geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T)