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The future of automation has arrived and it goes by many different monikers: Smart Factory, Industry 4.0, the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the Industrial Internet of Things, among others. But whatever the revolutionary technology is called, it has the potential to change manufacturing forever — but both new and veteran workers need to be trained to fully understand how the smart technology works.

What is Industry 4.0?

So what is Industry 4.0, and what do Smart Factory technologies mean for the future of industry? Let Amatrol help with some of our resources:

As noted in the articles, smart factories require highly-trained technicians that are expertly-skilled in all aspects of these systems, including set-up, operation, and maintenance. The Industrial world finds itself in the midst of a Fourth Industrial Revolution, and the synergies created by these exciting new technologies promise gains in efficiency, productivity, and job creation.

With these new jobs, though, comes the need for training. Amatrol’s self-paced, interactive curriculum, paired with its hands-on equipment using industry-standard components, provide individuals with the tools needed to prepare them for a successful career in this budding field.

Smart Factory Mechatronics Training System

Amatrol’s Smart Factory training system is an eight-station, fully-connected manufacturing systems that connect physical systems, operational information, and human assets to control a variety of actions, including manufacturing, maintenance, inventory, and supply chain operators. This flexible 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, Wireless Communication, and Network Security training. Each of the eight stations features a smart sensor or component, such as pneumatic/vacuum, ultrasonic, photoeye, stack light, electrical current, and analog pressure sensors.

For a more detailed look at how this technology works, please watch the video below:

Smart Factory Enterprise Training System

Smart Factory Enterprise | Amatrol | Industry 4.0 Training

Amatrol’s Smart Factory Enterprise represents true connected systems training at the enterprise level with a multi-station automated manufacturing system that integrates mechatronics, robotics, conveyors, autonomous robots, and a variety of other Smart Factory technologies. Rather than providing discrete training systems focused on individual pieces, Amatrol’s Smart Factory Enterprise was designed to meet the need for hands-on training with a seamless system in which all the parts work together, just like learners will face on the job. In fact, learners will be working with industry-standard components integrated in an enterprise system that replicates an authentic Smart Factory.

Smart Factory Tabletop Mechatronics Training System

Amatrol Tabletop Smart Factory Training System

Amatrol’s Tabletop Smart Factory affords an alternative for when training space is too limited for the full Mechatronics system, but Smart Factory training remains necessary.

The Smart Factory Tabletop Mechatronics training system 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!

For a more detailed look at how this technology works, please watch the video below:

Prepare for Industry 4.0 Careers Using Amatrol’s Industry 4.0 Fundamentals (I4F)

Amatrol created Industry 4.0 Fundamentals with subject matter experts in conjunction with real-world feedback from industrial and educational institutions. The hope was that students with no background in manufacturing can begin with basic industry skills and build to more advanced industrial competencies, becoming familiar and comfortable in areas like PLC troubleshooting and data analytics, as well as learning to program and operate a FANUC robot.

For more in-depth explanations and applications of Amatrol’s Industry 4.0 Fundamentals program, please reference the following articles:

The two-year program is divided into four major course areas, which are further divided into lessons covering major topics. The training program implements a variety of learning styles to give learners a well-rounded experience in both theoretical knowledge and hands-on, real-world Smart Factory skills. Combining thorough multimedia curriculum, hands-on skills, virtual training and skill assessment, students of the I4F program will be better prepared for whatever they may encounter on the job.

Examples of Amatrol’s online curriculum for I4F include:


Amatrol provides both pre- and post-lesson quizzes, in addition to classroom-based skills performance assessment. The quizzes help students understand where their competency is strongest — or needs the most improvement — and how much they’ve learned from each lesson. The performance assessment evaluates how well a learner performs hands-on skills. To learn more about Amatrol’s eAssessment, click here.

Interactive Multimedia Curriculum

Amatrol’s eLearning offers flexible technical training through stellar technical content depth, as well as breadth and strong interactivity for skill development with 24 x 7 access. Eye-popping graphics, 3D simulations, videos, and complete explanations combine with strong interactivity to develop technical skills for modern Smart Factory manufacturing training. To learn more about Amatrol’s eLearning, click here.

Virtual Training

Amatrol’s Virtual Training uses computer-based virtual simulators to replicate hands-on equipment in such great detail that learners will feel like they are using the actual equipment. Learners perform essentially the same tasks using virtual trainers that they would on-the-job.

Introduce Hands-On Industrial Smart Factory Training to Your Students

Amatrol’s hands-on training systems are designed by engineers and subject matter experts, and are hand-crafted, assembled, welded, wired, and painted at our facility in Jeffersonville, Ind. The systems are loaded with real-world, industrial components for the closest possible experience to working on-the-job. They are heavy-duty and ready to stand up to frequent use and inexperienced users. Hands-On Systems used in I4F include:

Course 1: Introduction to Mechatronics

Course 2: Introduction to Industrial Control Systems

Course 3: Industrial Robot Operations and Programming

  • Course 3 will use a FANUC robot

Course 4: Introduction to Industrial Internet of Things

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