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  • Electrical (100-240V/50-60Hz/1ph)


  • CNC Machine with Integration

Flexible Manufacturing Learning System 1 | Robotics & Computer Programming

Learning System: 94-FMS1A

The Flexible Manufacturing Learning System 1 (94-FMS1A) adds to either the Robotics and Computer Programming 1 Learning System (94-RCP1) or the Robotics 2 Learning System (96-ROB2A) to teach advanced programming applications of robotic systems. Applications include linear motion, palletizing, barcode readers, digital gauging, CNC workcells, serial communications, multitasking, and interrupts. These capabilities are commonly found in the current generation of industrial robots.

The model 94-FMS1A provides real-world components students will use to create workcells that model industrial applications of advanced robotics. Students will develop flexible manufacturing robot programs, design and build interfaces, install automation components, and demonstrate the operation of live systems. Amatrol’s Flexible Manufacturing Learning System includes a digital gauging module, barcode reader module, servo traverse axis, FMS interface module, sensors, test components, student learning materials for theory and lab, and teacher’s assessment guide. The learning materials also support the use of an optional CNC machine module to demonstrate robot loading and unloading.

Learning Topics

  • Palletizing
  • Servo Traverse Axes
  • CNC/FMS I/O Interfacing
  • Serial Communications
  • Barcode Readers
  • Digital Indicators
  • Automated Gauging
  • Multitasking
  • Program Interrupts
  • ASCII Data Manipulation
  • World and Tool Coordinates
  • Linear Motion
  • Point Arrays
  • Robotic Assembly

World-Class Multimedia Curriculum Prepares Learners for Careers in Robotic Programming

Barcode Communications: Students will learn how to program a robot to use RS-232 serial communications to receive and interpret data from barcode readers and other serial devices. The 94-FMS1A applies the extensive program command set of the Amatrol servo robots, which includes a number of serial communications commands.

Digital Gauging: The digital gauging system includes modular fixtures and an electronic indicator that students will use in their FMS workcells to measure precision dimensions on cylindrical and rectangular parts. The fixture clamp and indicator are electro-pneumatically actuated by the robot to enable fully automated operation.

FMS Applications: The 94-FMS1A provides a student-configurable flexible manufacturing system interface module to interface the robot to a variety of CNC machines and other intelligent controllers. Students will learn how to determine what type of interface is needed as well as how to build and test it. These interfaces can be tested as part of the workcell or actually interfaced to a real CNC machine with the addition of an optional Amatrol CNC interface package.

Multitasking and Interrupt Capability: Students will learn to create flexible manufacturing programs with advanced programming features like the ability to run multiple programs simultaneously and program interrupts. These features are especially useful in FMS applications where there are multiple controllers that have the need to communicate with each other and to perform direct process operation.

Highly-Interactive Multimedia Format Appeals to All Learning Styles

The included eLearning course (M11801) offers a perfect complement to instill the theoretical knowledge that reinforces the hands-on skills that learners will develop when using the components of the Flexible Manufactruing System

Robotics and Computer Programming 1 discusses the basic operation of a Robot. These skills include safety, powerup, shutdown, manual operation, homing, end effector operation. Skills taught also include basic robot programming including movement and effector commands, interfacing and material handling, application development, flexible manufacturing cells, quality control, production control, and workcell development.