FANUC Training Coming to Kalamazoo Valley Groves Center

Anyone interested in learning about robotics and FANUC material handling may register for training at Kalamazoo Valley Groves Center in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Offered Dec. 13-14 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., the FANUC Handling Tool Operation and Programming costs $1,400 and is open to nine participants.

Participants will learn how to safely operate a FANUC robot and work with simulation software incorporating FANUC’s latest iPendant, during lecture, to aid in learning while combining hands-on experience in the lab using the FANUC robots. Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to safely operate the robot in T1 and Auto; get past singularities; set up and use joint, world, user and tool frames; create programs that use I/O, position registers, registers and motion instructions; touch up existing programs; create file and system backups and learn how to restore a system that has seen loss; and use ROBOGUIDE to create a mock set-up of a work cell and run a program.

The course is led by Ian Salo, a certified FANUC robotics instructor and graduate of Western Michigan University with degrees in industrial technology and business education. He has more than 17 years of experience with a variety of CAD software packages, nine years of Engineering Principles, five years in 3D printing and recently added MasterCAM to his skill set. Salo is the lead instructor for all of the Mechatronic modules at the Groves Center.

The center is a state-of-the-art, 70,000-square-foot facility that includes a Mobile Robotics Lab, 3D Printer Room, HAAS CNC Lab, Mechatronics Lab, Electrical Panel Lab, Computer CAD/CAM Fanuc SIM Classroom and a 5-Axis FANUC Robodrill Room.

For more information, contact Kate Miller at or visit to register.