On Tuesday, June 8, Rosenboom Machine & Tool were at Northwest Iowa Community College to donate a Collaborative Robot to NCC’s advanced manufacturing programs.
A Collaborative Robot, many times referred to as a cobot robot, is a robot which is new to the manufacturing world. The cobot that NCC received was built by Universal Robots and is equipped with a gripper end effector. There are many different end effectors that are available, thus making this robot very versatile in the manufacturing world. These robots are designed to pick and place items in different configurations depending on the manufacturers’ specific needs and end effector in use. Different types of configurations that manufacturers may need to use could be: palletizing, boxing, placement of parts into another machine, welding, or even painting.
Jason Van Meeteren, Assistant Plant Manager at Rosenboom, Sheldon, IA, stated, “A few months ago we were on campus talking to manufacturing students about Rosenboom and career opportunities and while we were here we toured the new welding and Idea Labs and were very impressed with both. The vision of the Idea Lab fits perfectly with the mission of Rosenboom’s manufacturing outreach programs — it was a perfect fit. We appreciate the opportunity to partner with NCC with this donation to expand our outreach efforts to not only their students, but to the surrounding community with programs like summer camps and industry training that will be held in the Idea Lab.”
Rosenboom designed the cart and the mounting hardware for this robot and also created several demonstration programs for NCC Instructors to use as a sampling of what the software can do. Ethan Camarigg, CNC Mill Support, from Rosenboom demonstrated several operations that the cobot could perform and answered questions from the Welding students who were there to see the new piece of equipment.
This robot will be used mainly in NCC’s robotics classes, but will also be integrated on a smaller scale into other programs like the electrical programs. Students will learn how to operate the cobot so they will be fully trained to enter the manufacturing industry. This will include learning how to program the cobot and learning how to trouble shoot any problems that may arise during operation.
Steve Waldstein, Dean of Applied Technology, stated, “This donation is about a $30,000 sophisticated piece of equipment and it is a welcome addition to the technology in the Advanced Manufacturing Center at NCC – especially the Idea Lab. NCC is constantly upgrading the equipment in our labs so that we teach the Manufacturing 4.0 Training that is necessary for our students to learn in today’s highly skilled advanced manufacturing environments. NCC’s students have access to learn on the newest and most sophisticated technology and graduate with the skills they need to enter the great field of Advanced Manufacturing!”
The Idea Lab is part of NCC’s Advanced Manufacturing Center. It is an educational space that is a STEM-based interactive lab for all programs (credit and non-credit) of the College to use. Numerous custom workforce training classes are conducted for area business and industry partners along with the K-12 summer camps that all have access to this innovative space.
For more information about cobot robots visit this link – https://www.universal-robots.com/.
To receive your free copy of the NCC Viewbook, schedule a campus visit, or to tour the Idea Lab contact the Admissions office at email@example.com, call 712-324-5061, 800-352-4907. Or visit our website at nwicc.edu. At NCC – Your Success is Our Story.
Photo (L-R): Levi Hemmelrick, NCC Production Welding student; Robert Hoting, NCC Instructor – Welding; Thunder, Jason Van Meeteren, Rosenboom Assistant Plant Manager; John Hartog, NCC Incoming President; Ethan Camarigg, Rosenboom CNC Mill Support; Eli Martens, NCC Engineering Design student