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Robot Academy Now Offering New Online Training in Advanced Programming

Universal Robots introduced the online learning platform, Universal Robots Academy, to ensure that everybody with a desire to learn the concepts of cobots gets the introduction necessary to master basic programming skills.

The company is now expanding the online training, adding three new modules that step up complexity by teaching users how to create and work with coordinate systems, variables and conditional statements, and how to use the robot's wizard to easily create a program for packaging.

CTO and co-founder of Universal Robots, Esben Østergaard, explains that it is unusual in the industry to make robot training curriculum of this caliber available for free: "This is a long-term investment for us. We want to raise the robot literacy and the reason for speeding up the entry of cobots is not only to optimize production here and now," says Østergaard. "We are facing a looming skills gap in the manufacturing industry that we need to bridge by all means possible. Facilitating knowledge creation and access to our robots is an important step in that direction."

Stefan Stubgaard, Head of Global Competence Center at Universal Robots, adds that the Academy modules have received positive feedback from users around the world: "This learning resource is now also reaching small and medium-sized manufacturers that up until now regarded robotics as costly and complex," says Stefan Stubgaard. "By simply logging into the Academy, they experience first-hand how simple the setup can be and they can easily envision what production tasks could be automated with our cobots."

The nine Universal Robots Academy modules are available in English, Spanish, German, French and Chinese. The basic training, that the three new modules are building upon, include adding end-effectors, connecting I/Os, creating basic programs in addition to setting up tools and safety zones.

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