September 11, 2013
Miller Electric Mfg. Co., Appleton, Wis., has donated more than $1 million in robotic welding equipment and simulation software to the welding engineering technology program at Ferris State University (FSU), Big Rapids, Mich. The equipment includes three complete robotic welding cells with modular bases designed by Miller and members of the program. In addition to the donation, Miller worked closely with FSU staff to offer training to instructors on the new equipment.
The donation marks the beginning of a rotating donation program organized by Miller and FSU. Moving forward, every three years Miller will update the robotic welding cells with new equipment.
FSU offers a semester course on robotic welding for second-year students in the two-year welding technology program, which results in an associate's degree. The university also offers a more advanced, yearlong automation course sequence to third-year students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science welding engineering technology program. This advanced class offers students the background to specify, purchase, and implement automation for a variety of industries.