Robotic welding continues to grow in popularity due in large part to the critical shortage of skilled labor, combined with industry’s need to remain cost competitive with lower labor costs and improved productivity. Responding to this trend, Lincoln Electric and FANUC Robotics have partnered to offer the new Robotic Education Cell, an instructional cell that can be moved from classroom to classroom for training the next generation of welders on robotic programming and welding.
For instructors and students alike, the new cell provides access to the best curriculum, materials and technology needed to develop the skills demanded by today’s advanced manufacturing environment. “The future of the welding industry lies in motivating students to learn the trade and the newest technologies,” said Geoff Lipnevicius, engineering manager, Lincoln Electric Automation Division. “This new Robotic Welding Education Cell helps incorporate robotics into welding education programs, providing students with real-world knowledge that they can easily integrate on the job – not only in a manufacturing environment but in other welding-intensive industries as well.”
The Robotic Education Cell is designed for educational institutions, training departments, schools and other facilities to teach robotic programming related to gas metal arc welding (GMAW). The program gives students a foundation both in robotic welding basics and more sophisticated technologies, preparing them to succeed in industries ranging from building and construction, to shipbuilding, manufacturing and oil field services.