Company Lending Hands to Robotics Lab

11.03.2008 | Engineering
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SAS Automation, based in Xenia, Ohio, is lending its hands to the UD School of Engineering.

As part of a five-year deal valued by the company at nearly $250,000, SAS will provide "end-of-arm" tools to the robots in UD's robotics lab. SAS also will donate other robot components and training.

"SAS's commitment will help the University conduct more research into cutting-edge technologies and products and speed the commercialization of these innovations into the marketplace. It also will prepare students for careers as world-class leaders in robotics," said Joseph Saliba, interim UD provost and UD School of Engineering dean. "We are very appreciative of the SAS commitment to our robotics lab. This contribution will greatly enhance the equipment we have in place and expand interactive educational opportunities for our students immensely."

The University officially will recognize SAS during a dedication at 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21 in Kettering Labs.

"We are pleased to support the University of Dayton in their educational efforts," said SAS Automation President Trent Fisher. "Not only are our modular gripper systems superior tools for robots, but also they are a great educational tool to apply theory to real world applications. We look forward to helping UD prepare their students for the work force and successful careers."

SAS Automation is an award-winning international manufacturer of robotic end-of-arm tools. The company has won awards for distinguished leadership in manufacturing, research, development, distribution and civic involvement; improving the world through business education partnerships and significantly increasing exports to support the global economy.

Motoman Inc., based in West Carrollton, Ohio, contributed startup equipment for the lab, which will open in fall 2009 in Kettering Labs. The robot lab is part of the School of Engineering's electrical and computer engineering department.

The lab includes a revolutionary seven-axis, actuator-driven IA20 robot; a revolutionary 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 controller.

For more information, contact Shawn Robinson, associate director of media relations, at 937-229-3391 or srobinson@udayton.edu.