Rochester Hills’ Fanuc America, a supplier of robotics, computer numerical control (CNC), Robomachines, and industrial IoT solutions, has announced an alliance with California’s Titans of CNC to create an academy to bridge the skills gap.
The offering is an online, video-based curriculum that offers students and working adults support, dedicated knowledge, and training to prepare them for careers in high tech manufacturing or boost their current skill sets.
The platform also provides machinists, programmers, and shop owners a better understanding of the processes that will help them with productivity and competitiveness.
“Manufacturing is changing,” says Titan Gilroy, CEO of Titans. “As technology and automation take on new forms, it is imperative that we not only teach new talent coming into the trade, but that we also train and support our existing workforce throughout the industry. They need to better understand all of the variables in manufacturing and truly be able to utilize the tools to better compete in this global market. Fanuc is giving the academy and our audience the tools to move this industry forward, and we are proud to partner with them to make a true difference.”
In support of Titans of CNC Academy, Fanuc will donate its latest automation products including the CR-15ia collaborative robot and a 5-axis Robodrill machine tool with an LR Mate 200iD robot. The academy will include hands-on training reinforced by a series of online tutorials and educational videos to instruct people on how to operate real-world automation.
“We are excited to work with Titans of CNC on this new automation academy,” says Mike Cicco, president and CEO of Fanuc America. “Fanuc shares Titan’s commitment to the future of manufacturing. That means we need to amplify workforce training to help improve the skill level of our manufacturing workforce and shape the future for the next generation.”
In addition to products, Fanuc will provide other tools and technology to train academy members in the use of CNCs, robots, and automation. The equipment is used by other companies in industry sectors.
“We started a workforce training program about 10 years ago,” says Cicco. “Today over a thousand schools train their students with Fanuc’s certified education programs.”
Fanuc America has facilities around the U.S. and in Toronto, Canada, Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Sao Paulo and Manaus, Brazil. Fanuc America is a subsidiary of Fanuc Corp. in Japan.
Titans of CNC offer free manufacturing education, teaching breakthroughs of computer-aided design, computer-aided manufacturing, computer numerical control, and metrology. Their educational platform has more than 80,000 students and is used in 2,500 educational institutions.