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In-Depth, Comprehensive Tabletop Smart Factory Training Curriculum

Amatrol’s Smart Factory Tabletop Mechatronics system provides an option for when training space is too limited for the full Mechatronics line, but Smart Factory training remains necessary. Smart Factory Tabletop Mechatronics is a fantastic option for introducing Industry 4.0 training into high schools.

This five station system connects with Amatrol’s Portable PLC Troubleshooting Learning System – AB Compact Logix (990-PABCL1F), which shows performance analysis of the system via I/O Link. Performance analysis information includes transmitter pressure, photoeye signal strength, material type for parts passing through the system, RFID tag output, and more! This system also includes Smart Factory components for Ethernet (87-TEN), RFID/Sensors (87-TMS5), Barcode (87-TBR), and more!

Check out the following articles to learn more:

Teach Hands-On Smart Automation Skills in High School Using Amatrol’s Tabletop Smart Factory by Duane Bolin

Transform Your Tabletop Mechatronics System into a Smart Factory by Duane Bolin

Smart Sensors and Product ID

  • Tabletop Smart Factory RFID/Sensors (87-TMS5): Includes RFID, photoelectric sensor, pressure sensor, I/O link master, and conveyor to cover RFID programming and operation, pressure/vacuum sensors, and more.
  • Tabletop Smart Factory Barcode (87-TBR1): Includes barcode reader and Ethernet-to-serial interface to cover barcode operation, scan accuracy, barcode programming, etc.

Network Communications

  • Tabletop Mechatronics Smart Factory Ethernet (87-TEN): Includes a 24-port unmanaged and 8-port managed Ethernet switch to cover industrial networks, Ethernet IP addresses, network performance, managed switch Ethernet, and switch diagnostics.

Smart Maintenance and Production

  • Tabletop Smart Factory Manufacturing Execution (87-TME): Includes manufacturing execution software that can control multiple sensors to cover order entry, scheduling, schedule status, production statistics, and alarms.
  • Tabletop Smart Factory Visual Communications (87-TVC): Includes visual communications software for use in a mobile app to cover cloud-based data acquisition, SCADA operation, maintenance management operation, and and how to configure cloud-based SCADA and maintenance management.

Essential Knowledge Connected to Real-World Skills

Amatrol’s eLearning curriculum is unique in that it thoughtfully combines in-depth theoretical knowledge with practical, hands-on skills. This powerful combination of knowledge and skills solidifies understanding and creates a strong foundation for pursuing more advanced skills.

For example, the Smart Factory eLearning course covers important topics, such as:

Basic Robot Programming & OperationSmart Factory Robotics eLearning

Learners will study basic robot programming and operation used in a Smart Factory setting. Individual lessons include types of robot classifications, basic operation of a Servo robot, robot safety rules, types of robot grippers, and robot commands. Learners will also practice skills, such as jogging a Servo robot, teaching robot position points, running a Servo robot program, and entering a robot program that uses Pmove, Grasp/Release, and Label/Branch commands.

Introduction to Electronic SensorsSmart Factory Electronic Sensors

Using Amatrol’s Smart Factory eLearning course, learners will study different types of electronic sensors, and the advantages (and disadvantages) they can bring. Individual lessons include the function of the two parts of an electronic sensor, operation of transistors used in sensors, and characteristics that affect inductive proximity sensor operation. Learners will also practice skills, such as connecting and operating an inductive proximity sensor, measuring and analyzing the performance of an inductive proximity sensor, connecting and operating a capacitive proximity sensor, and measuring and analyzing the performance of a capacitive proximity sensor.

RFID Operation & ProgrammingSmart Factory RFID Programming

Learners will study the programming and operation of radio-frequency identification, or RFID tags. Individual lessons include the function and operation of an RFID system, factors that affect RFID system operation, the operation of Rockwell Studio 5000 message instruction, and the function and operation of an IOLink Master. Learners will also practice skills, such as operating an RFID system, entering and operating a Rockwell Studio 5000 PLC program, configuring an IOLink Master in a PLC project, and operating a CompactLogix PLC project that uses an RFID function block instruction.

Introduction to Ethernet NetworksSmart Factory Ethernet eLearning

Learners will be introduced to Ethernet Networks used in a Smart Factory setting. Individual lessons include function of an industrial network, basic operation of a TCP/IP Ethernet network, components of an Ethernet network, and how to set Ethernet IP addresses of robots and PLCs. Learners will also practice skills, such as connecting an Ethernet network using an unmanaged switch, setting IP addresses of robots and PLCs, and transferring PLC programs via an Ethernet network.

Cloud-Based Data AcquisitionSmart Production and Execution Smart Factory

In this module, learners will be exposed to cloud-based data acquisition concepts. Individual lessons include operation of a cloud-based SCADA system, how to configure a cloud-based data acquisition software to retrieve production data, operation of cloud-based maintenance management, and how to send/receive a cloud-based maintenance message. Learners will also practice skills, such as operating a cloud-based data acquisition system, configuring a web-based data acquisition system to display production statistics, and configuring a cloud-based maintenance management message.

Highly-Interactive Multimedia Format Appeals to All Learning Styles

Amatrol’s Tabletop Smart Factory eLearning course curriculum features a highly-interactive multimedia format. Stunning 3D animations, videos, pictures, voiceovers of all text, and interactive quizzes and exercises bring learning to life. Amatrol’s multimedia curriculum contains elements that will appeal to every learning style, keeping learners motivated and engaged.

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Anytime, Anywhere Access Promotes Self-Paced Learning

In today’s fast-paced, technology-driven world, it’s more important than ever to extend the reach of industrial skill training beyond the borders of traditional classrooms. Amatrol’s eLearning meets the challenge for flexibility by offering in-depth, comprehensive technical skills training via an intuitive, easy-to-use web-based Learning Management System (LMS).

With anytime, anywhere online access, Amatrol’s eLearning allows learners to set their own pace at home, on the job, in a traditional class setting, or a blended approach of these options. Click here to learn more about Amatrol’s eLearning and LMS.

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