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Fundamental of Industrial Automation

The Fundamentals of Industrial Automation course provides the key foundational knowledge to properly evaluate industrial automation (IAT) as a potentially viable technology solution to improve an existing industrial production process. Learners are exposed to principle concepts, equipment, areas of study, and terminology used in industrial automation with robotics.

This course gives learners the ability to discuss and understand, at a high level, the techniques and strategies used in industrial automation with robotics projects as well as the capability to make suggestions for the types of robotics hardware that are appropriate for a given task. This course is also an opportunity to receive an introduction to the social, cultural, safety, and financial topics and concepts relevant in industrial automation with robotics.

Topics covered in this course include:

Robotics terminology

  • Descriptions of the topics needed in industrial automation from electrical, mechanical, and computer engineering as they relate to robotics & Automation
  • Mechatronics defined in relation to robotics
  • Types of robots and how they are used
  • Small, focused case studies and/or scenario-based tasks

You will learn to:

  • Analyze the three Ds of [KD2] industrial automation: Dull, Difficult, Dangerous
  • Describe the right tool to use in the manufacturing process
  • Examine the pros and cons of different approaches to industrial manufacturing process improvement
  • Explore approaches to overcome social impacts of industrial automation in a work space
  • The case studies will provide a better understanding to evaluate a manufacturing assignment based on critical thinking and problem solving
  • Explain if an automated robotic system is a possible solution for a company

Who should attend:

  • Engineers in any engineering field (i.e., electrical, mechanical, computer, etc.) who were not trained in robotics in their academic program but who are now considering a career in industrial robotics automation.
  • Engineers in small- to mid-size manufacturing companies with a need to add robotic automation to their processes.
  • Managers and owners of manufacturing companies who want to integrate robots into their manufacturing processes and need an understanding of the challenges of automation.

Cell manufacturing

Cell Manufacturing for Engineers online course is the only learning product designed specifically for engineering professionals that provides education on cell culture techniques, manufacturing and production processes, and regulatory and other business requirements. The course introduces cell therapy through the lens of a series of engineering problems or challenges which exist throughout the process.

Engineers will be able to develop solutions that improve scalability, automate processes, and maintain quality assurance with reduced labor costs of the reproduction of fragile living cells.

Topics covered in this course include:

  • Fundamentals of cell therapy
  • Production and manufacturing technologies
  • Processes and scaling
  • Quality control and quality assurance instructions
  • Regulatory issues
  • Facilities
  • Shipping/transport
  • Cell preservation

You Will Learn To:

  • Assess the current ethical considerations and past controversies associated with cell engineering
  • Describe how the cell manufacturing industry needs mechanical engineers at different levels of the cell therapy process, and identify their roles
  • Describe the process and purposes for collecting cord blood cells
  • Construct a diagram of cell therapy supply chain
  • Assess how automation applies to cell characterization, and the challenges associated with the storage and movement of cells
  • Explain how cells are genetically modified, as well as cell manufacturing facility/process requirements such as repository, documentation and facility training
  • List and describe the steps of downstream processing, and commonly used methods in upstream cell culture
  • Recall cell separation and purification processes and techniques
  • Assess the role of automation within the cell characterization process for determining purity, identity, and potency of a cell product
  • Describe the history of regulation and FDA-approved therapies