July 30, 2018

Electronics Department Receives Robot Donation from Crest Foods.

Crest Foods, of Ashton, generously donated a Fanuc M-410iB/300 robot to Kishwaukee College Electronics (ELE) Department. After working with Crest foods, the ELE Department obtained permission to trade the donated robot for a Fanuc LRMate 200ID-30iB robot, which is small enough to be housed on campus. This donation is instrumental in developing Industrial Robotics courses and expanding the skills taught in the Career Technology Division at Kish.

Over the past four years, the ELE Department has been working on securing a robot for Industrial Automation courses, with great support from the ELE Advisory Board. The Fanuc robot will allow Kish to offer a series of classes ranging from Introduction to Industrial Robots to Advanced Industrial Robotics. These will integrate into Programmable Logic Controller I & II courses, as well as the other ELE courses.

“The enthusiasm behind the robot steams from the relentless push from the ELE advisory committee sounding off on the importance of an industrial robot and the skills that our students will gain from working around the robot,” said Charles Raimondi, Electronics Instructor at Kish.

Students taking the Industrial Automation courses will learn to integrate OSHA Robotics Safety requirements, program the robot to perform tasks, install various inputs and outputs to work in conjunction with the robot, among other relevant skills. Additionally, the robot will be integrated into other Career Technology courses. For example, Computer Aided Design students will design fixturing for the robot and the Automated Engineering Technology students will manufacture the fixtures.

“The opportunities are endless with the Fanuc Robot,” said Charles.

The ELE Department will showcase the robot during Homecoming at Kish on Saturday, September 15. High school students are welcome to make an appointment with the ELE Department to experience working with the robot; please contact Charles Raimondi at craimondi@kish.edu. For more information on the Electronics Department, visit www.kish.edu/electronics.

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