FANUC Training Class Usage and Maintenance
Editor’s note: Just as a clarification as to why Corso is taking a FANUC Usage and Maintenance Class. It is the first class they funnel everyone into and the pre-req for all the “advanced” classes. Check out everything they they offer in the picture to the right. There are some very high level classes as well as a lot of seat time involved to get some of those.
Bill, Evan, and I were sent out to Detroit, Michigan to begin our journey of FANUC training. We have a big project coming up involving integrating several CNCs and robotic arms and this was the start of what are many more trainings to come. I had already done an online training with FANUC for the Paint Robot, PaintPRO, and Preventative Maintenance before I came to Corso but this would be all of our first time at the FANUC campus.
Setting the scene
The area of Detroit we were in actually had a lot of natural beauty but the roads were pretty rough and littered with potholes. There wasn’t the greatest diversity of food choices withs lot of places claiming “Coney Island” to their name. We did manage to find a gem called The Hub Stadium which had a nice bar, a good food selection, and some fun activities including axe throwing and “bomb-bowling.” Bomb-bowling is a essentially bowling with a football. Anyone can tell you I am not athletic but Bill and Evan managed to have a good go at it.
If you haven’t been to the FANUC campus it is quite beautiful. We were there right as they were preparing for the an upcoming automation conference so there were a lot of areas covered with curtains and blacked out for the new demos they were getting ready. For students I think we had a 10 dollar a day per diem for lunch that was provided on a card for their cafeteria area and this would usually be enough to cover a drink, a selection from the cafeteria, and some chips. The food was good and I would usually get a salad and some protein.
When were there they also had just announced they were heavily expanding the campus with several new buildings and bringing a lot more jobs to the area so there was some construction just starting.
For the class we were there for, Usage and Maintenance, is the general starting course for the CNC path and we had the pleasure of Greg Carroll as our instructor. An extremely affable guy who had no issue making sure each person was getting what they needed out of the class. A lot of the people there were CNC operators or maintenance instead of system integrators so we were kind of the of the odd bunch.
Like any coursework it starts out with the basics and builds up. Clearly we wanted to dive into the ladder logic side which was the last part of the class. We also wanted see whats needed for OPC with the machines we were looking at which was beyond the scope of the class but Greg put us in contact with someone who answered our questions and got us the info we needed for our customer.
Here’s an awesome 360 photo that George got with everyone hard at work
Every seat had a fully operation simulation unit that was exact same processing hardware that is used inside of the CNC machines without any of the functionality. We went through the history of CNCs, the history of FANUC, the operation panel and the hardware. He took apart a unit so we could see all of the boards, hardware, and modules that make it up and their standard issues and ease of replacement. Learned all about the maintenance and memory operations including the most important thing: how to do backups. Then we finally got to dive into the ladder logic for debugging and enjoy playing around with the control backbone. The last part of the class was learning how to program the G-code line by line for the machine. This lead to some fun exercises and maybe a could childish drawings on the screen.
Overall it was a fun week and I think we are all looking forward to going back to learn more.
As always, if you have questions or want to reach out, you can always find Dave: Dave@CorsoSystems.com