FANUC aims to inspire future robotics engineers at automation event

Oliver Selby

FANUC UK will showcase a suite of education-themed initiatives at the upcoming Automation UK event to help inspire the next generation of robotics engineers.

With a fifth of manufacturing workers set to retire over the next decade, FANUC said that engaging with young people is ‘crucial’ to plugging the skills gap and ensuring the UK remains internationally competitive.

The Automation UK event will see the manufacturer highlight the benefits of a career in robotics, as well as demonstrate the applications of the company’s robot and cobot solutions.

FANUC UK’s stand will host its standard education cell, described as a ‘plug-and-play’ solution. Featuring a FANUC ER-4iA industrial robot, this is said to be a popular choice at schools, colleges, universities, training centres and OEM training facilities around the world, providing learning for the development of skills in robotics. Also on display will be a collaborative solution, the CRX educational package, featuring a FANUC CRX-10iA cobot and all the functions required to teach core programming skills.

Organised by BARA, Automation UK will bring together over 50 robotics and auxiliary components suppliers and system integrators at the CBS Arena, Coventry, from June 20-21.

Oliver Selby, BARA council member and FANUC UK’s head of sales, said, “Automation presents a solution to several challenges facing manufacturers today, from unskilled labour shortages and increasing product quality to waste reduction. If UK manufacturing is to remain internationally competitive, we need to heavily embrace automation and at FANUC UK, we are determined to be a key driving force for change.”

Oliver Selby and Satty Cole, FANUC UK’s education business development manager, will give a presentation on the importance of reducing the skills gap to support growth in automation adoption at 2pm on June 20 at the Automation UK seminar theatre.