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Comprehensive robotics training from the item Academy

From the most common types of robot and designing robot environments to the most important standards and directives – robotics training from item provides the perfect introduction to the subject. 

The history of robotics continues to develop apace. Cobots (= collaborative robots) are playing a significant part in this, as they open up the advantages of robots in industry to SMEs in particular. Their flexibility and lightweight design mean they can easily be integrated into existing production environments. Other advantages include direct collaboration with employees, user-friendly programming and a wide variety of end effectors that mean the robot can be equipped for a whole range of applications, such as fixing screws and welding, assembly and sorting, and palletising and machine loading. At the same time, large industrial robots that are surrounded by protective fittings such as guards and enclosures are powerhouses that are essential for certain tasks.

Technical enhancements and the diverse range of potential applications are also driving growth in the sales of robots worldwide. For example, forecasts predict that these will rise from around 43.8 billion to approximately 70.6 billion U.S. dollars between 2021 and 2028. Training courses that offer an introduction to the basics of robotics are therefore also growing in popularity. Such high-quality courses are generally associated with high costs, however. The “Introduction to robotics” course from the item Academy is different – just like everything else on this online learning platform, it is completely free. All you need is an item user account, something that also offers many additional benefits.

Robotics training for beginners

Ideal for everyone who wants to open up new opportunities for their company by using robots. Learn the basics by completing the item Academy robotics course.

Interactive learning experience in a free robotics course

The following types of robots are key for industrial use: articulated arm robots, Cartesian robots, SCARA robots and delta robots. With their design based on the anatomy of the human arm and unlimited movement in every dimension, articulated arm robots are particularly flexible. Cobots have the added advantage of a lightweight design. SCARA robots (SCARA = Selective Compliance Assembly Robot Arm), on the other hand, can only operate parallel to the working level. Nonetheless, their fast, repeatable movements make them ideal for assembly and joining work and for pick-and-place applications.

Animated videos illustrate the special features of the various types of robot particularly well.

In the item Academy robotics course, users are introduced to all the different types, with animated videos illustrating their individual special features particularly well. This is followed by an exercise about robot peripherals, which focuses on articulated arm robots. Various scenarios are presented in the exercise, and users then have to put together the appropriate elements for the environment, placing them via drag and drop. If the selections are correct, users are then given a detailed explanation and view a video that shows the application in action.

Robotics training with item – including Machinery Directive and standards

As a result, the robotics training is a fun way for users to learn about the peripheral elements needed for typical robotics applications and how the associated protective measures work. They can then work through a separate section on the standards and directives that have to be observed when integrating articulated arm robots. This part of the course is rounded off with an example graphic taken from medical technology and a multiple choice quiz.

Careful educational design, input from experienced robot experts at item and spectacular videos ensure the robotics course is both informative and entertaining.

Careful educational design, input from experienced robot experts at item and spectacular videos ensure the robotics course is both informative and entertaining. What’s more, anyone who wants to further deepen their knowledge after this robotics course can find more information in two free white papers from item – about the application areas for cobots and the safe implementation of robots. For anyone who is already at the point of planning a robot base, the guide for calculations for stable constructions offers invaluable support.

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