Schneider Packaging Equipment Co. (schneiderpackaging.com), a leading manufacturer of end-of-line solutions for case packing, sealing and palletizing, has built a state-of-the-art 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,” says Jim Kent, director of aftermarket services, 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.”
In addition to customers, Schneider employees will use the training facility. The company relies on the continued development of its highly trained technicians to serve its customers. 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. Training areas include: Robotic Training Cell, Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) Training and Servo Motor Training.
“The training facility at Schneider is very impressive,” says Jason Markesino, lead technical trainer, 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.”