Australia’s premier manufacturer of CNC routers and plasma cutters, Advanced Robotic Technology (ART) has recently attended the Engineering TAFE Senate conference at Southwest TAFE, Warrnambool, VIC to show how partnerships between ART and tertiary education providers around the country will be schooling up the next generation of Australian apprentices.
According to ART’s Victorian Sales Manager Guy Gareffa, the conference proved to be a great success with a lot of interest generated from local Engineering TAFEs.
“ART strongly believes educational facilities can gain greatly from having this state-of-the-art machinery for students to train on,” he says.
“ART’s CNC machinery has enabled manufacturers, both here in Australia and around the globe to make huge increases in their productivity.”
Peter Schreiner, Head of Department Engineering & Automotive, School of Manufacturing Services, University of Ballarat, VIC recently acquired an ART 4800XP plasma profile table for the TAFE division to keep up with technology.
“Many of our clients are upgrading to this type of technology and we needed to upgrade our equipment to train our apprentices on industrial-level machines,” he says.
“The ART plasma cutter is well-established in industry and our instructors find it easy to learn how to operate the machine, which is fully Australian-made.”
Among many other education providers around the country, the Canberra Institute of Technology trains around 100 students a year on its SMART 4000 CNC plasma cutter using computer aided drawings (CAD) to create various designs in preparation for their chosen careers.
“In times gone by, the accuracy of metal fabrication was limited to how steady your hand was,” says metal fabrication trades teacher Steven McMahon.
“Tradespeople experienced particular difficulty cutting circles, notches, holes and angles. That’s not an issue anymore. If it can be drawn, it can be cut.”
Mr McMahon explains why purchasing the SMART 4000 CNC plasma cutter was so important: “It is so important for education providers to keep up with changing industry practices in order to ensure we are meeting current industry standards. If we’re not keeping up with technology then we’re not able to provide students with the skills they will actually need once they reach the workforce.”