New to industrial robot programming? Not sure where to begin? Here are 3 ways to get started or improve your skills!
Assist a Robotics Training Program
One of the best ways to learn industrial robot programming is by enrolling in a training program.
Manufacturers and independent centers offer specialized courses that typically span a week, catering to various skill levels ranging from basics to advanced programming and even specific areas like welding and vision applications. If you're a service technician, there are dedicated courses tailored to your needs as well.
These robotics training programs provide valuable hands-on experience and cover the fundamentals of robot programming. You'll gain insights into the essentials of programming and learn how to manipulate robots. However, from my experiences, I've noticed some critical aspects missing from such courses:
- How to configure the fieldbus?
- How to load a program to a new robot?
- What are the steps for commissioning a new robot?
- How to optimize a program to reduce the cycle time?
- How to build an effective, reliable, multi-reference program?
Learn on You Own
Another way to learn industrial robot programming is self-learning.
Whether you choose to start with a real robot example or build from scratch, you can rely on a wealth of resources such as documentation, manuals, online forums, Reddit communities, and YouTube tutorials.
Here are some useful resources :
- Youtube : Official channel ABB RobotStudio Tutorials
- Forum : Robot-Forum.com
- Reddit : r/plc
Immerse yourself in a learning process of experimenting with various solutions through trial and error. Embrace mistakes as an essential part of learning, but be aware that with robots, consequences can be more impactful.
Learn from Experienced Professionnals and Real-Life Examples
Learning from experienced individuals in the field is a valuable way to accelerate your progress. This approach enables you to avoid common pitfalls and sidestep the need to start from scratch or rely on not so good example programs.
If you prefer self-paced learning, consider buying my ebook on ABB Robot Programming. This guide covers everything from the basics to advanced techniques, offering step-by-step instructions, real-world examples, and practical tips to help you master robot programming. With this ebook, you'll have the flexibility of self-paced learning and can revisit the material whenever needed.
Throughout this website, I'll provide additional eBooks and code examples to assist you in getting started with robot programming.
In conclusion, whether you choose to assist a robotics training program, embrace trial and error, or invest in my ebook, the key is to practice and persevere. With dedication and the right resources, you can become proficient in industrial robot programming.