There is a significant skills gap in the U.S. manufacturing industry today:
FANUC America is partnering with educational/academic institutions across the country to develop programs, curriculums, software and teaching tools that provide students with the knowledge and skills that employers need. The goal of this program is to make students more marketable and valuable in the workplace by having the knowledge and skills needed to set up and run the most advanced CNC systems.
FANUC offers a complete training curriculum for academia, industry and individuals. There are specific tracks for machining centers (mills) and for turning centers (lathes). Each track is segmented into 10 main modules. The machining curriculum is further broken down into 24 lessons and the turning center curriculum is broken down into 28 lessons. Content covers getting a machine ready to run production (setup) and completing a production run (operation) as well as manual programming (G-code).
Courses are modeled around the Key Concepts teaching method. This method of teaching explains not just the ‘how’ of a process, but also gives students a deeper understanding by explaining the ‘why’ behind the processes and procedures.
FANUC CNC Simulator
The FANUC CNC Simulator provides cost-effective access to the latest FANUC CNC platforms in a compact, portable frame that can easily be integrated into any classroom. The simulator is built around the FANUC Series 0i platform, the most common CNC platform in the U.S., and has a full QWERTY keyboard and a 10.4” color LCD screen. The simulator can be set up to operate as a milling or a turning center, eliminating the need for two separate systems.
The FANUC CNC Simulator was designed with classroom use in mind and can display the screens and data from the simulator on a PC screen or a large screen display in real time via the Ethernet connection.
Education Training Carts
FANUC worked with Levil Technology to develop compact, table-top CNC training carts. These carts are complete, portable milling or turning centers, featuring a FANUC Series 0i CNC system, the most popular CNC system in the world. These self-contained training units feature common industry components so that students can gain hands-on experience operating a real CNC, in real time and with real results. The training carts are highly portable with an integrated cooling system and only require a standard 110v outlet to operate.