Plant & Works Engineering
Placing education centre stage
Published:  18 May, 2023

As part of its campaign to inspire the next generation of robotics engineers, automation expert FANUC UK has announced it will showcase a suite of education-themed initiatives at Automation UK in Coventry in June

With a fifth of manufacturing workers set to retire over the next decade, engaging with young people is crucial to plugging the skills gap and ensuring the UK remains internationally competitive. Recognising its responsibility to help inspire a future talent pipeline, FANUC is placing education at the front and centre of its activities throughout 2023. The Automation UK event will serve as the perfect springboard to highlight the benefits of a career in robotics, as well as demonstrate to visitors the myriad applications of FANUC’s robot and cobot solutions across sectors as diverse as food & beverage, pharmaceutical, automotive, aerospace, FMCG and general manufacturing.

Giving visitors the chance to get up close and personal with working robotic systems, FANUC UK’s stand will host its standard education cell, an easy-to-use, plug-and-play solution. Featuring a FANUC ER-4iA industrial robot at its core, this is a popular choice at schools, colleges, universities, training centres and OEM training facilities around the world, providing hands-on 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 leading robotics and auxiliary components suppliers and system integrators, enabling visitors to see first-hand the latest industry innovations and receive expert advice on how to implement the right solutions for their projects.

As a founder exhibitor and longstanding BARA member, FANUC UK says it is committed to increasing UK uptake of automation through educational outreach, as BARA Council member and FANUC UK’s Head of Sales, Oliver Selby, comments: “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. From our partnership with WorldSkills UK and our accredited Training Academy at our Coventry HQ to the delivery of robotic equipment to training locations such as schools and technical colleges, we are committed to inspiring the next generation towards a career in robotics and automation. We look forward to sharing our vision with visitors to stand B14 at the inaugural Automation UK Show in June.”

The company will be on stand B14.