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MEC 116 - Robotic Arm Usage & Troubleshooting, Experimental

Credits: 3
2 Lecture Hours 2 Lab Hours

(Formerly RBT-105) This course will train students with the required skills to function as an entry level robotics technician in a manufacturing environment. Specific attention was paid to address the most common production slowdowns in industrial settings. Upon completing this course, students will have the ability to startup/shutdown, recover and restart and move a robotic arm - giving them the skills required to be effective in an industrial setting. This course will cover systems from multiple vendors.
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

  1. Identify the main types of industrial robots, concepts and terminology used with robotic systems. 
  2. Define the main types of components and underlying technology used in industrial robotic arms.
  3. Demonstrate the fundamental safety concepts, standards and practices required when working with fenced and fenceless workcells.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to startup, shutdown, load a program, home and jog the most common brands of industrial robotic arms.
  5. Create documentation and standard operating procedures that can be followed in a production environment. 
Listed Topics
  1. Types, concepts and terminology of industrial robots.
  2. Components and technology of robotic arms, including PLCs, HMIs, Motor Controllers, Servos, Sensors and Industrial Networks.
  3. Industrial Robotics Safety
  4. Operational Principles & Vendor-Specific Implementations (ABB, Fanuc, Kuka, Universal Robotics, Yaskawa-Motoman)
Reference Materials
Approved instructor textbooks and materials. Supplemental online resources as recommended.
Students who successfully complete this course acquire general knowledge, skills and abilities that align with CCAC’s definition of an educated person. Specifically, this course fulfills these General Education Goals:
  • Critical Thinking & Problem Solving
  • Technological Competence

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