- April 01, 2016
Wynright will supply automated storage and retrieval (AS/RS), conveying and sortation systems, for a new robotics and automation training center supporting a mechatronics technician degree program
April 1, 2016 – Wynright Corporation, a provider of intelligent material handling systems, announced that it and its sister company, Jervis B. Webb, have received a contract to provide automated warehouse technology for a technical education program at Lansing Community College (LCC) in Lansing, Michigan. The college will use the Daifuku technology, including automated storage and retrieval (AS/RS), conveying and sortation systems, for a robotics and automation training center supporting a mechatronics technician degree program.
Development of the CME began in the spring of 2015 when the Michigan Economic Development Corporation awarded the college a grant to purchase new technology and create a space necessary to meet the growing demand for automation technicians in the area. The grant has enabled LCC to modify its engineering labs and expand its overall learning space from 14,000 square feet to nearly 27,000 square feet.
The CME, opening in the fall of 2016, will feature a real-world training environment with a robotic assembly line. The Daifuku warehouse technology will extend the training environment into the supply chain maintenance area, helping students gain logistical skills and knowledge as it relates to the manufacturing field.
Jervis B. Webb and Wynright, both subsidiaries of Daifuku Co., Ltd. are developing a manufacturing solution that will integrate Webb’s inverted monorail, Automatic Guided Carts (AGC) and AGC software, with Wynright’s Automotion brand conveyor, and Fanuc, ABB, and Universal collaborative robots utilizing machine vision and various gripping techniques. The closed loop system will utilize conveyor and AGCs to transport parts between robotic stations where collaborative robots assemble, disassemble, load and unload product within the closed loop.
This project will allow LCC to develop a maintenance-focused curriculum around material handling equipment commonly found in an automotive manufacturing facility. The intent of this equipment is to provide a system that will function as a stand-alone closed loop system as well as individual modules able to run independently of one another.
“We are proud to be part of this important STEM initiative and especially pleased that the new LCC degree program will address automation issues beyond the plant floor. Getting the product from the plant floor to the eventual end user, efficiently and profitably can be as complex as producing it. Many new employment and business efficiency opportunities are emerging in this space and we are looking forward to working with LCC to help automotive and other industries to benefit from them,” said Kevin Ambrose, CEO Wynright.
About Wynright Corporation
Wynright Corporation is a leading provider of intelligent material handling systems. With more than 200 engineers in-house, the company designs, manufactures, integrates and installs a full spectrum of intralogistics solutions, offering both Wynright-branded and third-party equipment to meet client needs, all backed by critical round-the-clock service and support.
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