Fit for the future

The qualification requirements in the age of industry 4.0 are changing. Above all, knowledge of robotics and automation is in demand among future specialists. At the same time, the teaching of complex interrelationships places new demands on training and further education. This requires modern teaching concepts.

Automation and networking characterize today’s working environment. Humans and machines are increasingly working together. Skilled workers are increasingly looking after the machines and are responsible for the processes in the machine park. In combination with the developments in industry 4.0, completely new qualification requirements arise. Professional handling of sophisticated technology products is crucial in practice. The goal of training institutions must therefore be to familiarize the skilled workers of today and tomorrow with the basics of robotics. In the rapidly growing field of robotics, it is also important to promote the transfer of knowledge between training and industry.

Training cells enable new teaching concepts

The Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences – Technology and Business shows what a modern teaching concept can look like. In project-oriented, interdisciplinary learning units, students are prepared for the demands of industry 4.0. A new robotics laboratory was created for this purpose. The laboratory is equipped with four KUKA ready2_educate training cells, with the KUKA KR 3 AGILUS small robot and the KR C4 compact controller. A selection of didactic training applications is also already pre-programmed. It thus offers a complete package for teaching the basics of robotics.

Each year, around 200 students are given the opportunity to work with state-of-the-art industrial robots. At the training cells, students can perform a variety of realistic tasks. For example, the palletizing and depalletizing of cubes or the driving off of complex surfaces. “The theory can be tested directly in practice and well-founded knowledge can be acquired that is in great demand on the job market,” says Prof. Dr. Christian Wurll from the Faculty of Economics at Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences – Technology and Economics. In the winter semester 2018/2019 the students directly applied the knowledge from the seminar and programmed the game “Four wins”.

KUKA College: Continuing education made easy

In addition to comprehensive initial training, continuous further training is important for specialists. In keeping with this basic idea, KUKA College offers numerous robotics training courses for both internal and external participants. The courses are aimed, among other things, at system operators and programmers. The aim of seminar series such as “Robot operation” is to provide skilled workers with all the skills required for safe handling of a KUKA robot system. The modular seminars enable step-by-step advanced training in accordance with global standards. The motto is: theory as much as necessary, practice as much as possible.

Here you can find information about the KUKA College.

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