Next course start dates:
- 4th September 2023
- 9th October 2023
This course runs over 4 weeks, with approximately 8 hours of commitment required per week, largely self-paced learning online, with access to award-winning content and best practice insights, and a forum to interact as you engage with the experience. In addition, there are four 1-hour virtual classrooms and a half-day pilot factory lab visit to IMR Mullingar in week 3.
On successful completion of this Internationally recognised award-winning course participants will be able to identify and evaluate deployment opportunities for robotics and automation in their organization and identify where the greatest business impact can be achieved. Throughout this course, IMRs expert instructors will support you in putting together an innovation approach specific to your business.
The course is intended for anyone planning their automation strategy and interested in understanding and using Robots; it covers the core concepts plus state-of-the-art approaches, planning and evaluating robotics, and outlining the pitfalls involved.
Who is this course for?
Manufacturing process, automation & project engineers, task force members & project managers interested in robotic deployment.
- Understand types of innovation & how to assess value, and impact through an innovation framework.
- Access to the automation assessment tool.
- Introduction to cobotics & building safety into a project. Integrate machine vision technologies, learn the benefits of 3D vision, adaptive assembly & what collaborative robots bring to an application.
- Learn about path planning in cluttered environments & optimisation, force sensors, and robotic intelligence.
- Understand the environmental, health & safety requirements.
- Be able to effectively discuss automation with technical colleagues.
- Gain knowledge of the standards & requirements of a risk assessment.
- Learn budget and business justification with an ROI calculator to build a business case.
In the first week of the programme, learners will get an overview of the role of and possibilities for automation in the workplace. e-Learning will consist of robotics and automation asynchronous tasks and knowledge transfer with an Introduction to innovation and industrial automation paradigms & applications. This week’s real-world task will be set in identifying and assessing opportunities for automation in your workplace.
During Week 2, learners will be introduced to some of the technology options for robotics. Self-directed eLearning will consist of an introduction to cobots, cobot safety, machine vision and mobile robots, with a virtual classroom session about building safety into an automation project. This week’s real-world task will involve you selecting suitable technology options for automation in your workplace.
In Week 3, learners will look at how automation can best be introduced into the workplace. eLearning will consist of path planning & optimization, force sensors and there will be a live lab session in IMRs pilot factory, addressing aspects and demonstrations in programming methods, teach pendant programming, hand guiding programming, evolution & examples (simulation), force programming, machine vision programming and collaborative robots programming. The real word task this week will be considerations for integrating robots into your workplace.
In Week 4, students will be introduced to some of the factors that should be considered when creating a business case for automation. eLearning will address human factors like persuading others, budgeting, business justification and implementing a project. The real word task this week will be to build a business case for automation in your workplace.
Assessment & Certification
Engineers Ireland CPD approved - 37 hours
Funding is available for qualifying companies. Find out if you qualify by registering your interest below.