Madison College is Wisconsin's First Certified Robot Training and Education Site for FANUC Robotics Vision Programming

FANUC Robotics' CERT program certifies instructors at educational institutions to train their students to program FANUC robots through on-line and hands-on training courses.

Madison Area Technical College is the first higher learning institution in the state of Wisconsin to become a certified Training and Education site for FANUC Robotics' vision (2D iRVision) programming.

"Around the country, only 11 schools have achieved this highest level of the FANUC Robotics Certified Education Robot Training (CERT) program," said Paul Aiello, regional manager, FANUC Robotics America. "Madison College has been certified as a robot programming site since 2010."

According to Peter S. Dettmer, Madison College Instructor - Automated Manufacturing, the school's first class in Vision for Robotics Programming will be offered for free at the Watertown campus starting March 13, 2013 through a US Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant.

"This eight-week course and certification is part of a new two-year Associates Degree in Automated Manufacturing Systems Technology (AMST), which starts this fall," said Dettmer. "Students who successfully complete the course will receive FANUC Robotics' industry certification in vision and robot programming."

FANUC Robotics CERT Program

Launched in 2008, FANUC Robotics' CERT program certifies instructors at educational institutions to train their students to program FANUC robots through on-line and hands-on training courses.

"As more companies incorporate robotics into their operations, the demand for high paying careers related to designing, implementing and using industrial robots is increasing," said Aiello. "Graduates of certified programs like the one offered at Madison College will start their careers with industry-recognized certifications. Those who are better-trained robot operators will set themselves apart in the workforce."

FANUC iRVision

FANUC's iRVision is a truly integrated, plug-and-go vision system that runs on the standard CPU of every FANUC R-30iB controller without any additional hardware. A single source solution developed and supported by FANUC, iRVision offers easy setup and operation for factory environments requiring 2D and 3D guidance, error proofing, visual tracking, and quality control - all with FANUC's world-renowned reliability.

Madison Area Technical College provides "real world smart" education through a comprehensive curriculum of technical, liberal arts and sciences, adult basic education and continuing education, as well as customized training for employers. The college offers associate degrees, technical diplomas and certificates and offers classes that transfer to four-year degree programs. For more information on Madison Area Technical College, click on one of the above links, call (608) 246-5264, or visit them on Facebook or Google+.

FANUC Robotics America designs, engineers and manufactures industrial robots and robotic systems for a wide range of applications including arc and spot welding, material handling (machine tending, picking, packing, palletizing), material removal, assembly, paint finishing and dispensing. The company also provides application-specific software, controls, vision products, and complete support services. After 30 years of success, FANUC Robotics maintains its position as the leading robotics company in the Americas. A subsidiary of FANUC CORPORATION in Japan, the company is headquartered in Detroit, and has facilities in Chicago; Los Angeles; Charlotte; Cincinnati; Toronto; Aguascalientes, Mexico; and Sao Paulo, Brazil. Contact FANUC Robotics at or by calling 1-800-iQ-ROBOT, option 5. Also visit us on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

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