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Madison Area Technical College got a first place winner of the Advanced Automation Challenge 2.0 from FANUC

| Awards, Biz News, USA | 09/19/2017

Madison College students Eric Laylan (L) and Chris Dalhoff win FANUC America’s Automation Challenge 2.0

FANUC America Announces Winners of Advanced Automation Challenge 2.0

Date: Sep 19, 2017
Source: FANUC America Corporation

ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich. — FANUC America Corporation, the world’s leading supplier of robotics, CNC systems and factory automation today announced that Madison Area Technical College (Madison College) is the first place winner of its Automation Challenge 2.0, a nation-wide contest for high school and college students. The challenge requires participating schools to design an automation project that relates to a real-world manufacturing application.

The winning project submission was from Madison College students Eric Laylan and Chris Dalhoff who built an automation system to assemble fuel components for outdoor power equipment manufacturer Echo Inc. FANUC will award the college with an M-1iA delta-style robot and Rockwell Automation equipment.

Madison College students Eric Laylan (L) and Chris Dalhoff win FANUC America’s Automation Challenge 2.0

“This award demonstrates that students in Madison College’s Automated Manufacturing Systems Technology (AMST) program are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need to solve real-world challenges that employers face in an intensely competitive, global economy,” said Peter Dettmer, co-program director and instructor. “It is also evidence that our program is among the best in the country.”

Under the leadership of Dettmer and co-program director Rick Jacobs, AMST students use problem solving, critical thinking and teamwork to create their projects for local companies looking to solve a specific problem or to improve manufacturing efficiencies.

“Students learn key manufacturing concepts as well as programming skills and the integration of different systems,” added Dettmer. “This is the fourth year of the AMST program and the future looks bright for graduates who receive three or four job offers when they complete the program.”

“Now more than ever, manufacturers use automation to maximize their productivity,” said Paul Aiello, director, FANUC Certified Education Training (CERT). “That’s why high-paying careers in advanced automation are in demand today. Our CERT program provides manufacturers and educators a STEM-based curriculum centered on robotics and automation training, preparing students for high-tech careers in advanced manufacturing.”

FANUC will present the award, valued at $60K, at a ceremony held at Madison College’s Madison, WI campus on Wednesday, Sept 20 at 10:30 a.m.


FANUC America Corporation PR contacts:
Cathy Powell
Public Relations and Communications Manager
FANUC America Corporation
T: 248-377-7570
E: cathy.powell@fanucamerica.com
Derek Sheedy
Marketing Communications Specialist – CNC
FANUC America Corporation
T: 847-898-5679
E: derek.sheedy@fanucamerica.com

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