Toledo Mold and Die recently donated three robots and a variety of manufacturing equipment to Terra State Community College. Employees of the Tiffin-based company delivered the equipment.
Two of the used robots have a maximum payload of six kilograms, while the third has a maximum payload of 45 kilograms. They will be used to train students in material handling, material removal and general programming.
“The robots and the other donated pieces will be used to train students in various integrated manufacturing techniques as a part of the robotics program at Terra State,” said Jim Perlberg, assistant professor.
Because a new robot can cost tens of thousands of dollars, donations like these are critical to many of the technical programs at Terra State, Perlberg noted.
Jim Perlberg, right, watches as employees of Toledo Mold and Die unload the
“This kind of equipment donation makes it possible for Terra State to offer students a wide range of hands-on experience and skills which, in turn, makes them more competitive in the high-technology manufacturing environment,” he said.
The timing couldn’t have been better, according to Andy Carroll, Dean of Engineering, Technologies and Mathematics.
“We have just combined our plastics technology and robotics training equipment into one laboratory to create a real-world simulated manufacturing environment,” Carroll said. “These additional robots increase the number of students we can serve in the robotics curriculum and that goes a long way towards meeting the industry demands for more skilled workers.”
For more information about the robotics and integrated manufacturing program at Terra State, call Perlberg at 419-559-2415.