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 Department
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Classes 1 to 10 of 18
Robot Components 120

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

Smart Manufacturing Online Beginner Robotics
Applications for Robots 130

This class covers the most common applications of industrial robots.

Smart Manufacturing Online Beginner 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.

Smart Manufacturing Online Beginner 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.

Smart Manufacturing Online Beginner 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.

Smart Manufacturing Online Beginner 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
Smart Manufacturing Online Intermediate 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
Smart Manufacturing Online Intermediate 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.

Smart Manufacturing Online Intermediate Robotics
End Effectors 225

End Effectors provides an overview of the various devices used on robotic arms, their functions, and the applications for each component. End effectors accomplish the work of human hands but with increased speed, accuracy, and functionality. They can take over ...

Related 1.0 Class:
End Effectors 125
Smart Manufacturing Online Intermediate Robotics
Robot Installations 230

This class covers the basic steps for installing and maintaining an industrial robot.

Smart Manufacturing Online Intermediate Robotics
FormatFunctional AreaDepartment IDDepartmentClass IDClass NameDescriptionDifficultyLanguageRelated Classes
OnlineSmart Manufacturing470Robotics470120 Robot Components 120 This class covers the functions and characteristics of the different components of an industrial robot.BeginnerEnglish
OnlineSmart Manufacturing470Robotics470130 Applications for Robots 130 This class covers the most common applications of industrial robots.BeginnerEnglish
OnlineSmart Manufacturing470Robotics912160 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.BeginnerEnglish
OnlineSmart Manufacturing470Robotics470140 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.BeginnerEnglish
OnlineSmart Manufacturing470Robotics470170 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.BeginnerEnglish
OnlineSmart Manufacturing470Robotics620210 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.IntermediateEnglish(470110) Intro to Robotics 110
OnlineSmart Manufacturing470Robotics620215 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 robotIntermediateEnglish(470115) Robot Safety 115
OnlineSmart Manufacturing470Robotics470220 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.IntermediateEnglish
OnlineSmart Manufacturing470Robotics620225 End Effectors 225 End Effectors provides an overview of the various devices used on robotic arms, their functions, and the applications for each component. End effectors accomplish the work of human hands but with increased speed, accuracy, and functionality. They can take over repetitive, tedious, and physically strenuous tasks in most manufacturing operations. There a two categories of end effectors: robotic grippers and process tooling. Each contains many types used for operations such as material handling, material removal, welding, assembly, and inspection.After taking this class, users will be able to describe common end effectors, select the appropriate end effectors for applications, and identify the best practices for end effector safety and functionality.IntermediateEnglish(470125) End Effectors 125
OnlineSmart Manufacturing470Robotics470230 Robot Installations 230 This class covers the basic steps for installing and maintaining an industrial robot.IntermediateEnglish
OnlineSmart Manufacturing470Robotics470260 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.IntermediateEnglish
OnlineSmart Manufacturing470Robotics620275 Introduction to Collaborative Robots 275 Introduction to Collaborative Robotics covers the four types of collaborative robots (cobots) as well as basic applications and safety considerations for cobots. Types of cobots include safety-rated monitored stop, speed and separation, power and force limiting, and hand guiding cobots. Using cobots in collaborative spaces alongside human employees can require any of the four types of cobots depending on the level of collaboration. Manufacturers looking to integrate cobots into manufacturing processes at their facilities should understand which types of cobots are appropriate for specific applications.After taking this course, users will be able to identify common manufacturing applications and safety concerns for collaborative robots. Users will also understand the benefits of automating tasks with cobots compared to traditional robot automation.IntermediateEnglish
OnlineSmart Manufacturing470Robotics620245 Robot Sensors 315 Robot Sensors is an overview of common sensors used with robots, their functions, and their applications. Sensors provide robots with an awareness of their environment and the ability to execute tasks with greater precision and accuracy. Sensors are categorized as either internal or external and either contact or noncontact. Contact sensors detect objects by physical touch, while noncontact sensors detect objects using a variety of methods, such as cameras, beams of light, or electrical sensing fields.Sensors collect and send a large amount of data to enable more autonomous robots, which makes sensors an essential component of Industry 4.0. After taking this class, users will be able to describe the functions of the different types of robot sensors and how to select appropriate sensors for an application.AdvancedEnglish(470150) Robot Sensors 150
OnlineSmart Manufacturing470Robotics620280 Robot Control Systems 317 Robot Control Systems is an overview of the control systems that provide continuous process and motion control for industrial robots. Robots use both open and closed control loop systems to maintain a process variable at a desired set point. Most robots use feedback loops that adjust for error in order to obtain a desired output. Robots commonly use PID controllers, which set parameters in order to more accurately control the position, velocity, and force of an industrial robot.After taking this class, users will be able to describe a robot control system. A foundation in robot control systems is important given the increased integration of industrial robots in manufacturing.AdvancedEnglish(470240) Robotic Control Systems 240
OnlineSmart Manufacturing470Robotics620285 Vision Systems 320 Vision Systems provides an overview of industrial vision systems and how they are used in factory automation. A vision system uses cameras, image sensors, lighting, and processing software. Vision system cameras require adequate lighting to function effectively and must be mounted properly. Visions systems can be integrated into an automated production line or with industrial robots.Integrating vision systems into automated production lines to extract and use image data is known as machine vision. Machine vision is most commonly used for inspection, identification, material handling, fabrication, and machining. After taking this class, users will be familiar with common vision system characteristics, components, types, and applications, as well as their general operating process.AdvancedEnglish(470250) Vision Systems 250
OnlineSmart Manufacturing470Robotics620250 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.AdvancedEnglish(470160) Robot Troubleshooting 160
OnlineSmart Manufacturing470Robotics620260 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.AdvancedEnglish(470210) Concepts of Robot Programming 210
Instructor-LedSmart Manufacturing470Robotics915112 Robotics The goal of this class, available for all robot types, is to provide students the knowledge and confidence to operate the robots using the teach pendant. Topics include: safety, operating controls, software lnstruction and program flow, jogging the robot using joystick control, and RAPID programming. English