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Industrial robotics company Kuka USA will train users of its machines at the Center for Manufacturing Innovation through a partnership with Greenville Technical College. The partnership will give Greenville Tech students access to the same resources.

Kuka robots are now in place on the mechatronics shop floor at Greenville Technical College’s Center for Manufacturing Innovation. (Photo/Provided)The partnership helps the Center for Manufacturing Innovation work to advance the level of technical training offered to students seeking associate degrees in advanced manufacturing technologies, according to a news release. Students soon will have the opportunity to earn an industry-recognized Kuka certificate as part of their studies.

The Greenville Technical College Center for Manufacturing Innovation is one of three facilities in the United States that has access to this level of robotics training. The others are Kuka’s North American headquarters in Michigan and Kuka’s facility in Fremont, Calif.

“We are excited to work with Kuka,” said David Clayton, executive director at the Center for Manufacturing Innovation, in the release. “Kuka is an industry leader in robotics and automation, and this partnership will build on our vision for CMI as the hub for advanced manufacturing in the Southeast. The partnership gives our students access to the latest technology and curricula, allowing them to earn a certificate that will set them apart in their careers.”

Four large robot cells have been installed at CMI, and a dedicated Kuka trainer began offering classes earlier this month.

“As manufacturing industries, such as automotive and aerospace, continue to grow in the Southeast, technical and robotics training will only become more prevalent,” said Joe Gemma, chief regional officer at Kuka USA, in the release. “We’re excited to partner with Greenville Technical College to help students and businesses alike improve their knowledge with our advanced robots and in-depth training.”

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