Robotics

An increasing number of companies are turning to robotics as a means for increased production. Robots have an impressive range of applications, from "pick and place" for packaging, to welding, painting, or inspecting parts immediately after a process. However, robots are not foolproof; they require effective preventive maintenance to ensure they operate at full capacity. If a robot malfunctions, an experienced maintenance professional must know how to troubleshoot the exact cause.

These robotics classes cover the major components of industrial robots, the common applications for robots, and axis movement. Later classes address vision systems, effective preventive maintenance for robots, as well as common causes of robot failure along with the ways to identify those causes.


Class Functional Area Format Difficulty Version Department
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Classes 1 to 10 of 16
Robot Components 120

This class covers the functions and characteristics of the different components of an industrial robot.

Maintenance Online Beginner 1.0 Robotics
End Effectors 125

This class describes the various types of end effectors and their uses. It also explains the issue of compliance and describes how to maintain end effectors.

Maintenance Online Beginner 1.0 Robotics
Applications for Robots 130

This class covers the most common applications of industrial robots.

Maintenance Online Beginner 1.0 Robotics
Automated Systems and Control 135

This class identifies common methods of industrial automation. It describes the available technologies and explains how they are applied in manufacturing.

Maintenance Online Beginner 1.0 Robotics
Robot Axes 140

This class will describe the most common robot axes. It will explain how to understand these axes, and how they are used to control robot movement.

Maintenance Online Beginner 1.0 Robotics
Robot Sensors 150

This class describes the various types of sensors that provide feedback data to robots. It also explains the categories of sensors and shows how sensors are used in industrial robotics.

Maintenance Online Beginner 1.0 Robotics
Robot Maintenance 170

This class will teach you about the importance of maintenance, as well as the various approaches and methods used by maintenance workers today to keep industrial robots performing optimally.

Maintenance Online Beginner 1.0 Robotics
Introduction to Robotics 201

Introduction to Robotics describes the basics of industrial robotics, including types, applications, and programming methods. Industrial robots are reprogrammable machines that can perform repetitive or dangerous tasks with a high degree of accuracy. Manufacturers increasingly use robots to perform such ...

Related 1.0 Class:
Intro to Robotics 110
Maintenance Online Advanced 2.0 Robotics
Robot Safety 211

Robot Safety discusses the different ways to prevent robot accidents. Robot accidents can result in serious injuries or fatalities. Most accidents occur because employees bypass the robot's safeguards.There are two kinds of safeguarding systems that protect employees from injury when ...

Related 1.0 Class:
Robot Safety 115
Maintenance Online Advanced 2.0 Robotics
Robotic Drives, Hardware, and Components 220

This class describes the physical components of industrial robots. It also describes how these devices move and cause motion to perform work.

Maintenance Online Intermediate 1.0 Robotics
FormatFunctional AreaDepartment IDDepartmentClass IDClass NameDescriptionDifficultyVersionLanguageRelated Classes
OnlineMaintenance470Robotics470120 Robot Components 120 This class covers the functions and characteristics of the different components of an industrial robot.Beginner1.0English
OnlineMaintenance470Robotics470125 End Effectors 125 This class describes the various types of end effectors and their uses. It also explains the issue of compliance and describes how to maintain end effectors.Beginner1.0English
OnlineMaintenance470Robotics470130 Applications for Robots 130 This class covers the most common applications of industrial robots.Beginner1.0English
OnlineMaintenance470Robotics912160 Automated Systems and Control 135 This class identifies common methods of industrial automation. It describes the available technologies and explains how they are applied in manufacturing.Beginner1.0English
OnlineMaintenance470Robotics470140 Robot Axes 140 This class will describe the most common robot axes. It will explain how to understand these axes, and how they are used to control robot movement.Beginner1.0English
OnlineMaintenance470Robotics470150 Robot Sensors 150 This class describes the various types of sensors that provide feedback data to robots. It also explains the categories of sensors and shows how sensors are used in industrial robotics.Beginner1.0English
OnlineMaintenance470Robotics470170 Robot Maintenance 170 This class will teach you about the importance of maintenance, as well as the various approaches and methods used by maintenance workers today to keep industrial robots performing optimally.Beginner1.0English
OnlineMaintenance470Robotics620210 Introduction to Robotics 201 Introduction to Robotics describes the basics of industrial robotics, including types, applications, and programming methods. Industrial robots are reprogrammable machines that can perform repetitive or dangerous tasks with a high degree of accuracy. Manufacturers increasingly use robots to perform such tasks in order to speed up production, improve part quality, and preserve operator safety. However, robots require human engineers and operators to program, maintain, repair, and oversee them.Industrial robots are highly complex machines that come in a number of types, including stationary robots and mobile robots. These robots are made of a number of intricate components that must be assembled and maintained properly. Similarly, all robots must be programmed to perform a task, and that programming can require adjusting. After taking this class, students will know the basic robot components, type, applications, and programming methods, as well as safety protocols.Advanced2.0English(470110) Intro to Robotics 110
OnlineMaintenance470Robotics620215 Robot Safety 211 Robot Safety discusses the different ways to prevent robot accidents. Robot accidents can result in serious injuries or fatalities. Most accidents occur because employees bypass the robot's safeguards.There are two kinds of safeguarding systems that protect employees from injury when working with robots. Safety devices stop a robot from operating. Presence-sensing mats, for example, end robot operations when the pressure or weight of an employee is detected. Safety barriers prevent employees from accessing or entering dangerous robot work areas. For example, perimeter fences block employee access to areas where robots are working.Employees must receive training on the robot and wear protective clothing when near the robot. The robot must be installed and maintained as intended by the manufacturer and by authorized personnel only. All robot operators require a certain level of experience and training to work with the robotAdvanced2.0English(470115) Robot Safety 115
OnlineMaintenance470Robotics470220 Robotic Drives, Hardware, and Components 220 This class describes the physical components of industrial robots. It also describes how these devices move and cause motion to perform work.Intermediate1.0English
OnlineMaintenance470Robotics470230 Robot Installations 230 This class covers the basic steps for installing and maintaining an industrial robot.Intermediate1.0English
OnlineMaintenance470Robotics470240 Robotic Control Systems 240 In this class, you will learn about the basic types control systems. You will also learn about the effects of PID control in closed-loop control systems and how to tune your system in order to achieve the desired performance.Intermediate1.0English
OnlineMaintenance470Robotics470250 Vision Systems 250 This class describes how vision systems work and how they are used for industry. It also describes concerns with mounting cameras and lighting.Intermediate1.0English
OnlineMaintenance470Robotics470260 Industrial Network Integration 260 This class describes common ways networks are used for manufacturing. It also describes practical network concerns and indentifies some of the technology used to make industrial networks function correctly.Intermediate1.0English
OnlineMaintenance470Robotics620250 Robot Troubleshooting 331 Robot Troubleshooting describes the systematic approach of solving issues that cause robotic malfunction. Robots are complex assemblies that have many components that may require troubleshooting, including motors, end effectors, and joints. Troubleshooting focuses on identifying the root cause of a problem rather than simply addressing the symptoms, then identifying a corrective action that will resolve the root cause.Malfunctioning robots can drastically reduce the efficiency and safety of a work space. In addition to potentially creating defective parts, damaging parts, and packing parts incorrectly, malfunctioning robots may need to be removed from service to undergo repairs, which consumes time and resources. After taking this class, users will know the basic troubleshooting process, useful troubleshooting tools, and common robotic malfunction root causes and corrective actions.Advanced2.0English(470160) Robot Troubleshooting 160
OnlineMaintenance470Robotics620260 Concepts of Robot Programming 341 Concepts of Robot Programming introduces the methods that engineers use to train robots to perform manufacturing tasks and the ideas behind those methods. Programming methods include online programming, where robots remain active during programming, and offline programming, where programming occurs independently of robots. Ideas behind robot programming methods include coordinate systems and control programs. Robots are increasingly used in manufacturing operations to perform tasks with great speed and accuracy. Having engineers who understand how to program robots will allow manufacturers to improve the productivity, quality, and safety of a number of different manufacturing operations, including welding, assembling, and packaging. After taking this course, users will understand the ideas behind robot programming and know the basics of the most commonly used programming methods, such as teach-pendant programming and simulations.Advanced2.0English(470210) Concepts of Robot Programming 210