Collaborative robots are defined by a number of characteristics, from human friendliness to flexibility. One of their hallmarks is the ease of configuration. Unlike the caged automotive robots for welding and painting, collaborative robots don’t require a full-time programmer on hand. You don’t need to be a software engineer to get your collaborative robot picking and packing.

Universal Robots has developed online training modules to further lower the training barrier to robot deployment. The hands-on modules are offered free of charge, open to all, and built to deliver hands-on learning via interactive simulations. Anyone with a desire to learn the concepts of collaborative robots can log in to the Universal Robots Academy and get the introduction necessary to master basic programming skills – and actually, it’s more configuration than programming.

Universal robots training module with robot and conveyor.
(Source: Universalrobots.com)

The six easy online training modules are built to deliver hands-on learning via interactive simulations to maximize your engagement. The free online training is open to everybody in these languages: English, Spanish, German, French or Chinese.  The modules include:

  • First look: Features and terminology
  • How the robot works
  • Setting up a tool
  • Creating a program
  • Interaction with external devices
  • Safety settings

The training sessions are designed to give new users a feel for what it takes to deploy a collaborative robot. While you can’t replace hands-on experience with actual robots, this program teaches the basic concepts and tests students as they go along. Whirlpool is one of the large customers in this training.

>> Learn more at Universal Robots Academy

>> Read more by Rob Spiegel, Design News, April 24, 2017

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