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RTP: Workforce Solutions

Classes are available to companies at no cost through AIDT

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he Alabama Robotics Technology Park (RTP) is a hidden gem located in Limestone County, just outside of Decatur, Alabama. The 85-acre facility is comprised of three building phases, and includes an outdoor testing track. Each phase has a unique specialization, and continues to evolve based on the needs of the industries and clients that RTP supports. The Robotics Technology Park’s mission is to provide a technically trained, highly skilled, and educated workforce for automation and robotics, to assist public and private entities in developing new robotics systems and technologies, and to promote the creation, growth, or expansion of companies through innovative technology solutions. RTP achieves this a number of ways, including by continuing to evolve, ensuring that equipment is state-of-the-art, the classes are forward thinking, and by being flexible to the needs of Alabama companies. There is a wealth of knowledge being shared in the classes taught at Robotics Technology Park, and

it is available to Alabama companies and their employees at no cost. Class subjects range from Advanced FCAW to Virtual Reality, with dozens of class opportunities that make it easy for Alabama companies to partner with the park to bring their employees up to speed on new and advanced techniques. RTP facilitates a wide range of classes including courses that teach on equipment made by industry partners such as FANUC, ABB, AGV, Yaskawa Motoman, and KUKA. Classes in PLC, welding, hydraulic and pneumatic, basic electrical, solid modeling, vision, 3D printing, OSHA, forklift, and overhead crane training, as well as virtual reality training in plant safety, precision measurement and paint robot troubleshooting are also available. The Robotics Maintenance Training Center (Phase 1) is where several state-of-the-art training classes are conducted in the latest automation processes and equipment. Trainees receive “handson” experience, familiarizing them with the latest equipment being used by Alabama industries. Alabama companies within the robotics industry can register as a client and send their employees to any of RTP’s available courses at no charge. It is also equipped with two conference rooms and a large auditorium that is available for use to educational and business partners. The Research and Development Center (Phase 2) was created to give public and private entities that are engaged in research and development of robot/ automation technologies a location to conduct these activities. Each suite has raised access flooring in sectional panels and a common high bay with two large roll-up doors that allow access to the 0.9-mile outdoor test track. The Integration/Entrepreneurial Center (Phase 3) gives Alabama businesses the floor space to build and adapt automation for new and existing manufacturing processes, then train staff on equipment processes before moving equipment into the plant. The Paint/Dispense Training component offers opportunities for Alabama businesses to train in manual paint spraying techniques, as well as robotic dispense training, or can be used for dispense process research and testing. In addition, RTP offers a mobile robotics training lab (MRTL) designed to introduce the world of robotics and automation to students, educators, and parents. Featuring some of the newest technology in the robotics industry, the MRTL gives individuals an opportunity to learn about the exciting career opportunities in Alabama while being fun and engaging. Some of the highlights include: 3D printing & scanning, a forklift simulator, FANUC robotics, welding simulators and drone simulators. The newest phase of robotics and automation training is taking

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Alabama companies within the robotics industry can register as a client and send their employees to any of RTP’s available courses at no charge.

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