Humans and robots go to school together – IFR reports


FRANKFURT, Germany – (COMMERCIAL THREAD) –A push towards automation is changing the way humans and machines work together. The number of industrial robots installed in factories reached around 3 million units worldwide in 2020, which has more than doubled in ten years. The International Federation of Robotics has studied how robotics training shapes the current and future training of the workforce, thereby improving the skills development of employees.

“The automation of boring, dirty and dangerous tasks is changing the job profiles of factory workers for the better,” says Milton Guerry, president of the International Federation of Robotics. “Academies run by robot manufacturers play a key role in making this transition possible. Employers send thousands of workers to robotics training each year. ”

Robot makers boost education

Robot manufacturers like ABB, FANUC and KUKA all enroll between 10,000 and 30,000 participants in their robot courses in more than 30 countries each year. The training programs range from basic programming for the first user to complex workshops: “The automotive industry has traditionally played a leading role in training workers in the use of robotics,” says Gerhard Müller, vice-president. President of Global Customer Services at KUKA. “Volkswagen, for example, decided to host one of our KUKA colleges directly at the factory at its head office in Wolfsburg, Germany.

“The training programs put in place by international robot manufacturers provide key skills for the industrial workplace of the future,” says Alexander Bongart, director of the FANUC Academy Germany. “What participants learn in our headquarters school near Mount Fuji in Japan is also what they learn in our training schools in the United States, Europe or China.

As more and more industries turn to automation, robotics training is also part of public education in the United States, Europe and Asia: “In China, for example, the cooperation of ABB Robotic with vocational schools dates back to 12 years ago, ”says Arno. Strotgen of ABB’s Robotics and Discrete Automation business area. “Today, 700 vocational schools are part of the project. We use industrial robots for our training and supply 1000 new robots every year, only in China.

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