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Motlow Robotics earns major training authorization

MOORE COUNTY — It’s a big deal for both local robotics students and area manufacturers.

Motlow State’s Automation & Robotics Training Center (ARTC) recently achieved a significant milestone by becoming a FANUC Authorized Satellite Training (FAST) Program. FANUC is a Japanese-based group of companies who provide automation products and services such as robotics and computer numerical control wireless systems to countless companies in Tennessee including Nissan. This elevates Motlow to an elite group of industry-recognized institutions relied upon to help provide a highly skilled workforce to local industry, meeting the needs of today’s and tomorrow’s manufacturing businesses.

“By the end of March, companies will find Motlow listed on FANUC’s training website with a link for enrolling in classes at the ARTC,” said ARTC Executive Director Larry Flatt. “Motlow is now one of less than 10 such facilities in the U.S. For industries across the country, they now have an alternative to complete FANUC authorized training.”

Becoming FANUC authorized is a big deal because it means that Motlow’s students who successfully complete the authorized course work will be on par with those attending FANUC provided training. In other words, FANUC recognizes FAST certified students as eligible for advanced training. Without being a authorized satelite training program, Motlow student interested in advanced robotics training would need to travel to the FANUC campus in Ohio.

“In many cases this means there is a monetary savings in travel-related expenses, especially for companies within driving distance of the ARTC,” continued Flatt.

A unique position thanks to Charlie King

Motlow Senior Robotics Trainer Charlie King is a FANUC Certified Education Robot Training (CERT) Program instructor. This certification includes FANUC Handling Tool Operations and Programming. With the FAST endorsement, Motlow will elevate its program by offering the FANUC CERT program to students, local industry, professionals, integrators, and end users.

Pictured is Motlow Senior Robotics Trainer Charlie King, a FANUC Certified Education Robot Training Program instructor. With his help, Motlow’s Automation & Robotics Training Center achieved a significant milestone recently, advancing into the FANUC Authorized Satellite Training (FAST) Program. (Photo Credit: Motlow College)

“Charlie’s certification as a FAST instructor is the culmination of a two-year process that puts him and Motlow in a unique position,” added Flatt. “He has achieved the recognition from FANUC to teach and credential his students with the same credentials as if they went to a FANUC corporate facility.”

King has over 35 years of experience with robotics and automation in the manufacturing industry. FANUC America, a world-leader in manufacturing industrial robots, provides the necessary training for instructors in both Industry as well as educational classes. FANUC’s curriculum introduces students to robot applications, including integrated vision systems (iRVision), programming a robotic logic controller, and using ROBOGUIDE simulation software.

Motlow ARTC is located adjacent to the Motlow State and Tennessee College of Applied Technology campus in McMinnville. For more information, visit the Motlow Trained website by clicking here. •

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