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Motoman, SAS foster Ohio robotics education

The recently opened Motoman Robotics Lab at the University of Dayton’s School of Engineering’s Kettering Labs will be helping students learn about robotics with state-of-the-bot technology, and not only from the lab’s namesake robotics supplier, but also from end-of-arm-tooling (EOAT) specialist SAS Automation LLC (Xenia, OH; www.sasgripper.com).


Motoman Inc. (West Carrollton, OH; www.motoman.com) and SAS already have combined to make investments and contributions to the University valued at more than $500,000, all aimed at bringing an advanced robotics lab into being. Both companies’ presidents, Steve Barhorst of Motoman and Trent Fisher of SAS Automation, spoke at the dedication ceremonies.

As part of a long-term commitment, Motoman is furnishing $371,000 worth of current-generation robots, including a seven-axis, actuator-driven IA20 robot; a 15-axis, actuator-driven and human-like dual-arm DIA10 robot; a four-axis YS450 high-speed Scara robot; two six-axis HP3 articulated robots; and one HP3C six-axis, articulated robot with a compact control.

As part of a five-year deal valued by the company at nearly $250,000, SAS will provide EOAT to the robots currently in UD’s lab. SAS also will donate various other robot components and training.

In addition to the lab’s obvious benefits to UD teachers and students, it will provide academic and research benefits to the state of Ohio, which can enhance the state’s manufacturing capabilities and permit Ohio industry to partner with the university to research new ideas.

During the opening ceremony, the Motoman robots, outfitted with SAS EOAT, got down and boogied to the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies, the Star Wars theme, and Mr. Roboto, all under the director of a master robot. To see the spectacle, watch a video here: http://campus.udayton.edu/udq/mediare/112108robot.mov.

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