October 18, 2010
ABB Robotics, Auburn Hills, Mich., and Vincennes University (VU) will host an open house Oct. 27 to celebrate the grand opening of the ABB Robotics training lab at VU's $9 million industrial training facility, the Indiana Center for Applied Technology (ICAT), Vincennes, Ind. The event is the official opening of the training lab, a partnership formed between ABB and VU in the fall of 2009 to enhance VU's vocational and technical robotic training and provide ABB with an authorized training facility in the central Midwest.
The open house, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. EDT, will include a short presentation, robotic demonstrations, and tours of the ICAT, which also is home to the Haas Technical Education Center. The event is open to all parties interested in learning more about VU and its industrial robotic and advanced manufacturing training. The ICAT opened in March 2009 as a work force development and college-level manufacturing training center.
The new training lab features 29 ABB robots and related workcells, software, and controllers. It allows students to gain training in applications that include robotic welding and plasma cutting; picking, packing, and palletizing; machine tending, material handling, and product assembly; and advanced vision-related programming.