The Gordon Cooper Technology Center (GCTC) Industrial Training division recently acquired three new robotic trainers to help local employers deploy the latest automation technology.

GCTC purchased three FANUC teachable robots used in advanced manufacturing and mechatronics. GCTC funded the purchase with a state lottery grant to provide training to prepare local people for jobs at local industries, GCTC Industrial Coordinator Jeff Auchey said.

The robots can be programmed to move parts on an assembly line, run computer numerical control machining operations, paint, check part quality or weld, he said.

GCTC Industrial Coordinators Auchey and Bob Stephens are scheduled to spend several months taking classes to become FANUC certified trainers. They said they hope to start training employees for local industries by this summer.

FANUC robots are used extensively at GF Central Plastics. Robots are also used by EATON, TDK and Tinker Air Force Base.

Automation is beneficial to industry by improving repetitive motion ergonomics while providing non-stop operation and consistent cycle times.