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Hands-On Smart Factory Training | Prepare for Industry 4.0 Careers

Perfect for an Industry 4.0 world, Amatrol’s Smart Factory Mechatronics Training System is an eight-station automated manufacturing line that assembles a functional, two-way pneumatic valve. This system utilizes either a FANUC LR Mate robot or an Amatrol Pegasus robot, iGear Squeaks software for Smart Factory communication, Allen-Bradley and/or Siemens PLCs, and an additional cart that houses systems for Ethernet (87-EN), Wireless Communication (87-WL), and Network Security (87-NS) training. Each of the eight main stations of the Mechatronics System features a smart sensor or component for Smart Communication, including pneumatic/vacuum, ultrasonic, photoeye, stack light, electrical current, and analog pressure.

Smart Sensors

Amatrol utilizes multiple Industry 4.0 smart devices on the Smart Factory that communicate via Ethernet and I/O Link protocol providing flexible manufacturing, predictive maintenance, and data analytics capabilities.

The following learning systems teach communications between intelligent automation devices using PROFINET with Siemens PLCs and EtherNet/IP with Allen-Bradley PLCs in a Smart Factory environment with the specified sensors and components:

Smart Product ID

Amatrol’s Smart Factory incorporates Industry 4.0 smart product identification devices, such as vision systems and bar code readers, which trigger “intelligent” actions including parts tracking, production history, sorting, part accept/reject, & inventory control.

Network Communications

Amatrol’s communication system connects students with a fully functional production system using industrial protocols for real-time control, program transfer, data collection, and changing programs on the fly.

  • Mobile Workstation – Smart Factory Communications (87-MS1A): provides integrated organization of Smart Factory communications modules, including but not limited to wireless communication modules, managed and unmanaged network switch modules, network security modules, and master PC.
  • Mechatronics Wireless Communications Learning System (87-WLAS) [U.S. Customers Only]: teaches wireless communications in a Smart Factory environment.
  • Smart Factory Ethernet Learning System (87-EN): teaches communications between various intelligent automation devices in various topologies in a Smart Factory environment to efficiently control and monitor an automated manufacturing process.
  • Mechatronics HMI Terminal Learning System (87-HMI): teaches the use of a human machine interface (HMI) panel in Smart Factory applications by providing a means to operate and monitor status of smart factory processes.
  • PLC Learning System (87-IOS): teaches programming and operation of industrial PLCs, either a Siemens S7-1500 or an Allen-Bradley CompactLogix L16

Network Security

Amatrol’s network security system teaches how to keep data safe and securely extend operational data to suppliers and customers. Communications security protects the smart factory from unauthorized outside access & provides secure data communications between the plant-wide network and the internet.

Smart Maintenance and Production

Smart Maintenance software utilizes smart device information to automatically trigger maintenance operations. Amatrol’s Smart Factory uses industry standard software to connect users directly to the automated system and each other to create a real-world environment where maintenance team members can collaborate to resolve issues quickly and effectively.

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 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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