The lab in upstate New York to feature hands-on training without slowing or stopping production lines.

Schneider Packaging Equipment Co., Brewerton, New York, has built a new training laboratory at its headquarters in upstate New York. The lab provides customers the opportunity to train on equipment in a controlled environment. Through hands-on training, customers are able to learn specific technical skills without slowing or stopping their production lines, which helps lower the learning curve once the new system is in place.

“Schneider Packaging Equipment now offers training on everything from programmable logic controllers to robotics,” said Jim Kent, director of aftermarket services for Schneider. “By training customers in a classroom environment with a training cell and structured labs, we know their experience will directly translate to the equipment they are running in their facilities. Instead of having to learn a piece of equipment after an install, customers and employees will know the machine inside and out prior to delivery.”

Training courses include:

Robotic Training Cell

1.     Introduction to Schneider robotics

2.     General FANUC robotics

3.     Unit load creation using Pallet Pro and/or Schneider pallet generation software

4.     Robot troubleshooting

Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) Training

1.     Introduction to PLCs

2.     Introduction to Schneider PLC logic

3.     Troubleshooting PLCs

4.     Product select addition to PLC

5.     HMI fundamentals

Servo Motor Training

1.     Introduction to servos

2.     Servo troubleshooting

In addition to customers, Schneider employees will use the training facility. With the lab and its miniature robotic palletizing cell, service and maintenance training will occur more frequently with a broader range of training programs increasing the number of Schneider FANUC robot-certified technicians.

“The training facility at Schneider is very impressive,” said Jason Markesino, lead technical trainer of Applied Manufacturing Technologies. “The cell provides customers and employees a hands-on experience with a variety of automation hardware and software, such as PLC, VFD (variable-frequency drive), servo and robotics. It replicates real-world applications, preparing employees to troubleshoot potential issues in the field. It is encouraging to see Schneider’s investment in its employees, and in providing the complete package for its customers.”

Schneider is currently accepting customer requests to use the training lab as part of a new equipment purchase or based on individual needs. Training can be scheduled by contacting Rick Buffham at 315-676-3035 ext. 469 or at rbuffman@schneiderequip.com.