Modern manufacturing processes increasingly demand machine driven solutions When developing robot applications in industry, programmers must be able to safely write code which is reusable, expandable, and well documented This case study explores the following Can an untrained student learn to develop programs for an industrial robot arm which meets industry criteria? What are the dangers of this kind of education process? In 12 5 hours across a 1 month period, the research student studied chapters 6 to 15 within the provided programming manual and performed short lab procedures from the manual to develop an understanding of the robot In 12 5 hours across the next 3 weeks, the student completed their first programming project which swapped the positions of cylinders with basic movement commands During these processes, the student documented their process and designed procedures which would promote safe education and produce industry acceptable code The student successfully educated himself within the guidelines provided by the research mentor The student lamented at the end of the project that there were some flaws in the resulting program and some mistakes were made in the study He reflects that the code would have to be refactored in many ways to be acceptable in industry Regardless, t he student developed a valuable education with a minimal time investment and produced documentation procedures which may serve as valuable references during the education of other students
Mr. Joseph Chretien
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"Wrangling Heavy Metal: Self-Education of Industrial Robot Programming (Case Study,"
SACAD: John Heinrichs Scholarly and Creative Activity Days: Vol. 2022, Article 52.
Available at: https://scholars.fhsu.edu/sacad/vol2022/iss2022/52