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ABB week-long event will include educational open day

ABB Robotics to hold open week in May showcasing the latest robotic technologies to students and educators

ABB robot with graduation hatABB Robotics will be holding an open week between the 11th and 16th May 2015 demonstrating the latest developments in robotic automation for welding and cutting processes. ‘Engineering an Automation Nation' will take place at ABB's Milton Keynes site and the Thursday 14th May is free to attend. Open to higher educational establishments, ABB will welcome students, graduates, and teachers interested in the benefits of using robots in manufacturing processes.

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With an agenda aimed at colleges and universities as well as manufacturers and system integrators, the day will explain how the abilities of both people and robots can be best combined to innovate and create new possibilities in manufacturing.

The day will be packed with a variety of activities, such as hands-on workshops, educational seminars and demonstrations of the latest advances in robotic technology from ABB's portfolio, delivering modular products, function packages and standardised cells for various metal fabrication applications.

Another attraction will be the chance for students to get first-hand experience of programming a real live robot in ABB's training centre. Students will get to try out both ABB's FlexPendant handheld controller, and its RobotStudio offline programming software, which can be used to set up and trial everything from a standalone robot through to a complete cell in a virtual environment. ABB recognises the importance of engaging young minds with flexible automation, and aims to encourage any aspiring engineers or other STEM related career choices.

A key feature of the day will be ABB's new FlexArc suite. Featuring an ABB robot together with the same controller and software technology that would be found in a real-life application, the suite enables ABB's customers to trial solutions and to gain hands-on training experience of using a robot to carry out different welding techniques and configurations. In this way, students can begin to form an idea of what it would be like to work as a systems integrator for metal applications.

Recognising that skills and support rank high amongst many companies' concerns about using a robot, the week will also include an extensive focus on ABB's customer service and support capabilities. Visitors will be able to find out more about services such as 24/7 support, ABB's extensive service engineer coverage in the UK & Ireland, 24 hour turnaround on spare parts and the 152 check on robot refurbishment services. Also visible will be the remote service offering, whereby customers can have their robots remotely monitored by ABB, with an engineer being dispatched at the first sign of any problems. ABB specialists will be on hand too, to answer any questions the students or teachers may have about any aspect of robotic automation.

To book your place, register at www.tinyurl.com/ABBOpenWeek. Alternatively, please email robotics@gb.abb.com or call 01908 350 300, ref. ‘May Open Week'.

 


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