Choice Career College is Now a FANUC Certified Education CNC School - Qualifying Graduates to be Immediately Employable

ROCHESTER HILLS, MI – (September 19, 2014) Choice Career College (Des Plaines, IL) is now a FANUC Certified Education CNC school offering students in the Chicago area a computerized manufacturing diploma from their FANUC CNC Program.  Upon graduation, this qualifies students to be immediately employable with the skills the manufacturing industry demands taught from FANUC CNC certified instructors, using FANUC CNC approved curriculum on genuine FANUC CNC equipment.

 

The Choice Career College computerized manufacturing diploma program is a comprehensive qualified FANUC CNC Program that can be completed in four months focusing on English, mathematics, blueprint reading, machine processes, measuring (GD&T), CNC setup, programming, operations and G-code applications.  Students are qualified throughout the entire education process to ensure competency; enrollment application, testing during courses, final comprehensive and certification exams.  Students are taught CNC programming by first using FANUC NCGuide simulation software on a PC for the most extensive hands-on experience.  Then, the Levil CNC certification cart, equipped with a FANUC Series 0i-Mate MODEL D CNC, allows students to experience the complete programming, setup and operational workflow right inside the classroom. 

 

“As a result of being a FANUC certified education CNC school, Choice Career College is offering a CNC program that answers the demand from the manufacturing industry for skilled FANUC CNC operators and programmers.  This will set graduates up for success in their manufacturing career to effectively read and interpret blueprints, develop the required process for the blueprint, determine machine coordinate values, develop CNC code, test the NC programs, QC the part and implement the part into production,” states William Jones, CNC Program Director/Faculty at Choice Career College.  “Choice Career College graduates will also be proficient in using simulation software such as NCGuide, Mastercam and Vericut as well as being able to machine efficiently, understand how to reduce machine wear and avoid machine crashes.”

 

“FANUC America is addressing the industry need for skilled workers at educational institutions with our Certified Education CNC Training (CERT) program,” states Dean Steadman, Education Program Manager at FANUC America. “Being a FANUC Certified Education CNC school will assist Choice Career College in providing the best possible training to ensure that qualified students have the skills required by industry today as employable operators and programmers and can hit the ground running from day one.”

 

With the ongoing problem of a shortage of skilled workers, the need to train future machinists is paramount to fill growing gaps in the domestic work force. A new employee needs to be productive right out of the gate with knowledge of modern CNC technology that is dominant in the market today, and they need to run their CNC machine with minimum supervision.

 

FANUC is the leading CNC manufacturer in the industry with the largest installed base, students are most likely going to be using a FANUC CNC than all of the other controls combined when they enter the workforce. As a result, FANUC is assisting the educational community in providing the best possible training to ensure that the students have the skills required by industry.  The FANUC America Certified Education CNC Training (CERT) program was created to ensure that students that qualify have learned suitable basic computer numerical control (CNC) skills from a FANUC certified instructor, teaching a FANUC approved curriculum and using genuine FANUC CNC equipment.


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FANUC CORPORATION and Rockwell Automation Announce Global Collaboration on Integrated Manufacturing Solutions

ROCHESTER HILLS, MI (September 8, 2014) FANUC CORPORATION, the world’s largest company in CNC, Robot and ROBOMACHINEs, and Rockwell Automation, Inc. (NYSE:ROK), the world’s largest company dedicated to industrial automation and information solutions, announce today an advanced global collaboration to provide customers a more seamless and integrated manufacturing solution. The two companies have expanded their initial collaboration, started four years ago, in the CNC and Logix programmable automation controller (Logix PAC) environments with further integration of robotics, ROBOMACHINEs and enterprise software products. The effort will have an initial impact on applications in the automotive industry, where customers can experience benefits of a preferred integration plug-and-play automation and information solution.

 

“FANUC had already been offering flexible open interfaces to complementary automation systems globally.  However, FANUC and Rockwell Automation together agree that our globally shared customer base wants a completely integrated automation solution.  So, I am proud to announce this advanced global collaboration with Rockwell Automation that allows us to offer a preferred integration solution to our customers around the world,” states Dr. Eng. Yoshiharu Inaba, President and CEO of FANUC CORPORATION. 

 

Rockwell Automation chairman and CEO Keith D. Nosbusch stated, “The global collaboration between Rockwell Automation and FANUC is a direct response to our customers’ needs for more effective integration across manufacturing disciplines. Integrating FANUC CNC, robot and ROBOMACHINE portfolios with our integrated control and information solutions will result in better manufacturing agility, to help customers achieve a secure connected enterprise.”

 

The two industry leaders will demonstrate the collaborative solutions at IMTS 2014 in the FANUC Booth #S-8919 and Rockwell Automation Booth #E-4979. System integrators, end-users and machine tool builders can see firsthand the benefits these solutions bring including; simplified architectures, faster startups, improved synchronization between platforms, lower maintenance, improved productivity and transparent data access across the entire connected manufacturing enterprise.  Demonstrations include: 

  • A fully integrated automotive machining cell –  showcasing FANUC ROBODRILLs, powered by FANUC CNCs, integrated with a Rockwell Automation Logix PAC, showing automotive machining with a FANUC robot loading/unloading FANUC ROBODRILLs. 
  • An ability to use a Rockwell Automation HMI to operate a FANUC robot – allowing attendees to use a Rockwell Automation industrial computer which supports FANUC 4D graphics to operate a FANUC robot in an interactive kiosk. 
  • A fenceless robot cell in action – demonstrating a fenceless FANUC robot system using Rockwell Automation safety sensors. 
  • Live access to machining data from multiple sources using traditional HMI and commercial mobile devices – Rockwell Automation Logix PAC and FactoryTalk View and VantagePoint software gather machining data from FANUC CNCs in 4 different locations:  a remote fabrication factory at FANUC in Japan, the automotive cell in the FANUC IMTS Booth, a 5-axis demo of 2 machines in the FANUC IMTS Booth, and the Rockwell Automation automotive powertrain demo in the Rockwell Automation IMTS Booth. 
  • Component assembly demo – the Rockwell Automation iTRAK Intelligent Track System integrated with a FANUC robot showcases independent control of multiple pallets for component assembly system demo in the Rockwell Automation IMTS Booth.  

Similar demonstrations are planned globally at additional events including at JIMTOF (in Tokyo, Japan, October 30-November 4, 2014) and Automation Fair (in Anaheim, CA, November 19-20, 2014).

 

About FANUC CORPORATION

 

FANUC CORPORATION, headquartered at the foot of Mt. Fuji, Japan, is the global leader and the most innovative manufacturer of Factory Automation, Robots and ROBOMACHINEs in the world. With over 230 offices in 45 countries, FANUC provides world-class service and support to customers globally.  Since its inception in 1956, FANUC has contributed to the automation of machine tools as a pioneer in the development of computer numerical control equipment. FANUC technology has been a leading force in a worldwide manufacturing revolution, which evolved from the automation of a single machine to the automation of entire production lines.

 

About FANUC America Corporation

 

FANUC America Corporation is headquartered at 3900 W. Hamlin Road, Rochester Hills, MI 48309, and is a subsidiary of FANUC CORPORATION in Japan. FANUC America provides innovative automation solutions in the Americas including industry-leading CNC systems, robotics and factory automation solutions with 39 locations supporting customers throughout North and South America.  For more information about FANUC America Corporation, call: 888-FANUC-US (888-326-8287) or visit our website: www.fanucamerica.com.  Also, connect with us on YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn 

 

About Rockwell Automation

 

Rockwell Automation Inc. (NYSE: ROK), the world’s largest company dedicated to industrial automation and information, makes its customers more productive and the world more sustainable. Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., Rockwell Automation employs about 22,000 people serving customers in more than 80 countries. 

Automation Fair, FactoryTalk, iTRAK and Vantage Point are trademarks of Rockwell Automation Inc.

PR contacts: 

Jill Jozwik

Marketing Manager - CNC

FANUC America Corporation

T: 847-898-5673

E: jill.jozwik@fanucamerica.com 

Cathy Powell

Industry Marketing Manager – Robotics and ROBODRILLs

FANUC America Corporation

T: 248-377-7570

E: cathy.powell@fanucamerica.com

 

Carly Snyder

Partner Marketing Manager

Rockwell Automation

T: 440-646-4184

E: cesnyder@ra.rockwell.com

 


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FANUC Introduces Certified Education CNC Training Program for Schools

FANUC America Corporation introduces the FANUC Certified Education CNC Training program, for schools in North America, designed for students to graduate with the knowledge and real-world skills to be productive right out-of-the-gate to run a CNC mill or lathe.  This directly addresses the need in manufacturing for skilled CNC operators and programmers on industry’s most popular choice of control with the largest installed base.

 

The FANUC Certified Education CNC Training program ensures that students learn the skills that industry demands from FANUC certified instructors, using a FANUC approved curriculum on genuine FANUC CNC equipment. FANUC’s comprehensive curriculum teaches the critical aspects of CNC machine setup, operation and programming using industry-leading equipment and providing sufficient repetition to ensure effective learning.  Student certification requires passing both an academic and practical skills test to ensure competence.  “FANUC is supporting industry’s need for qualified operators and programmers by providing a comprehensive CNC program that offers affordable and effective solutions to education”, states Dean Steadman, CERT CNC Education Program Manager at FANUC America.

 

With FANUC’s Certified Education CNC Training program, students will first write, edit and proof programs using 3D solid model animation in NCGuide software running on a PC.  Using a USB memory stick, they then transfer the part program from NCGuide to the CNC on the machine either in the classroom and/or a workshop and then perform setup and testing. If this is done on a portable Certified Education CNC Training Cart, when they get to the workshop, students are already experienced in setup and operation, so equipment is utilized more effectively, reducing the number of machines required.

 

With an aging workforce and production growth from reshoring, advanced manufacturing needs more trained employees for CNC setup, programming and operation.  To be effective, students must learn critical skills on the industry’s leading CNC equipment and have sufficient repetition to ensure concepts and procedures are understood and committed to memory.

 

Building on the already successful FANUC Certified Education Robot Training, the addition of Certified Education CNC Training makes a comprehensive FANUC CERT manufacturing program available to schools; high schools, trade schools, community colleges and universities with manufacturing diploma programs or STEM curriculum.  “Enhancing the existing FANUC America Robotics training program with the CNC training program really takes our CERT program to the next level”, states Paul Aiello, CERT Robotics Education Director at FANUC America. “As the global leader in automation, FANUC has incorporated over 30 years of expertise to design an industry training program that underscores our commitment to a true partnership with education and manufacturing.”

 

FANUC ROBODRILL CNC machines are ideal CNC workshop equipment to provide students adequate hands-on time. FANUC also works with the world’s leading machine tool builders and a variety of commodity machine tools that are ideal for education and are now available at education friendly prices.  A portable industrial quality CNC milling machine, manufactured by Levil Technology, brings the machine tool into the classroom at an affordable price.  The Levil CNC Milling Certification Cart, with FANUC Series 0i Mate-MODEL D CNC, may be rolled into any available classroom and then kept in a storage area between classes, eliminating the need for a dedicated workshop. FANUC ROBODRILL CNC machines and Levil CNC Certification Cart are sold through FANUC Education Authorized Resellers.

 

“The success of our country’s economic competitiveness is a real concern, and it’s clear that STEM competencies are important drivers to business performance and success,” added Aiello.  “As more companies incorporate robotics and CNCs into their operations, the demand for qualified workers is increasing.  That’s a major reason why schools across the country continue to integrate FANUC training into their STEM curriculums.”

 

Learn more about the FANUC CERT program and see the FANUC ROBODRILL CNC machine, Levil Certified Education CNC Training Cart and FANUC’s Certified Education Robot Training Carts in action at IMTS 2014 in the Smartforce Student Summit.


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