FREMONT - Toledo Mold and Die recently donated three robots and a variety of manufacturing equipment to Terra State Community College.
"Terra was contacted by Ryan Eley of Toledo Mold and Die asking if we would be interested in a donation of robots and other equipment to the school," said Jim Perlberg, assistant technology professor at Terra.
Two of the used robots, FANUC Arcmate 100 models, have a maximum payload of 6 kilograms, while the third, a FANUC M710i Material Handling robot, has a maximum payload of 45 kilograms. They will be used to train students in material handling, material removal and general programming.
"The robots and the other donated pieces will be used to train students in various integrated manufacturing techniques as a part of the robotics program at Terra State," Perlberg said. "Terra is currently upgrading several programs to create an integrated manufacturing laboratory that will allow Terra students from several different disciplines to gain experience in plant layout, design and integration, and process analysis."
Because a new robot can cost tens of thousands of dollars, donations such as these are critical to many of the technical programs at Terra State, he said.
"This kind of equipment donation makes it possible for Terra State to offer students a wide range of hands-on experience and skills which in turn makes them more competitive in the high-technology manufacturing environment," Perlberg said. "Terra gains additional equipment that can be used to increase the capacity of our current programs and offer new programs."
The equipment is being readied for installation in the classroom, Perlberg said. Before final installation and location, there are several other pieces of equipment that must be moved to allow integration of the new equipment with current equipment.
"This equipment affords students the opportunity to gain experience on a wider variety of equipment and processes," Perlberg said.