ERIC Number: ED246240
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Robotic Arms. A Contribution to the Curriculum. An Occasional Paper.
Arnold, W. F.; Carpenter, C. J.
This report examines ways of providing technician training in the operating principles of robotic devices. The terms "robotics" and "robotic arms" are first defined. Some background information on the principal features of robotic arms is given, including their geometric arrangement, type of actuator used, control method, and software and teaching modes. Three types of problems in implementing courses for technician training in industrial automation are considered: the availability of suitable equipment at acceptable cost, the lack of guidance on suitable teaching material, and the training of teaching staff. Finally, the problem of devising suitable curricula is discussed. Appendixes include a glossary of terms, a bank of suggested objectives intended to provide a suitable technical background for engineers and technicians using robotic devices in industry, outlines of three course units/modules prepared by selecting from the objectives banks, and a list of references. (YLB)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Further Education Unit, London (England).
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Great Britain)