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Amatrol’s extensive line of automation learning systems focuses on two main areas: robots and programmable logic controllers (PLC), specifically their function and application within automated production lines. The learning systems within this area take a building block approach to skill development, beginning with rudimentary topics like basic robot operation and basic component adjustment before moving to more advanced topics like serial device applications and multiple station control.



Amatrol’s extensive line of automation training systems focuses on advanced smart factory, robotics, and mechatronics technologies. These training systems build automation skills methodically, beginning with basic topics like robot operation and component adjustment before moving to advanced topics, such as serial device applications and multiple station control. Advanced automation technologies are the heart of Industry 4.0 and vital parts of Amatrol programs like Industry 4.0 Fundamentals (I4F), Mechatronics, Packaging, Industrial Maintenance, and STEM. Amatrol’s automation training systems combine in-depth, comprehensive curriculum with real-world industrial components for exceptional hands-on skill-building.



Perfect for an Industry 4.0 world, Amatrol’s Smart Factory Mechatronics Training System is a multi-station automated manufacturing line that assembles a functional, two-way pneumatic valve. This system utilizes either a FANUC LR Mate robot or an Amatrol Pegasus robot, iGear Squeaks software for Smart Factory communication, Allen-Bradley and/or Siemens PLCs, and an additional cart that houses systems for Ethernet (87-EN), Wireless Communication (87-WL), and Network Security (87-NS) training. Each of the eight main stations of the Mechatronics System features a smart sensor or component for Smart Communication, including pneumatic/vacuum, ultrasonic, photoeye, stack light, electrical current, and analog pressure.



Amatrol’s Smart Factory Mechatronics Training System has as its foundation Amatrol's popular 870-series Mechatronics line. For those wishing to build up to teaching Industry 4.0 smart automation skills, Amatrol offers the Mechatronics Learning System without smart automation components. Users can then upgrade as time and funding allow to create a robust Smart Factory system. The experts at Amatrol can help you chart a course to reach your specific teaching goals.

The Mechatronics Learning System teaches learners a broad array of job-ready skills in integrated technologies as they work together in a team environment. The Mechatronics training system is compact, enabling it to fit into almost any teaching facility. Whether using one station or many, Amatrol’s Mechatronics Learning System is the ultimate team project!

This learning system teaches learners how to manufacture industrial-quality, working directional control valves. They develop skills needed to enable processes to work together, such as making precision physical adjustments. Modern industry leverages technology so that one set of equipment can make many products. Amatrol’s 870-Series Mechatronics line brings industrial realism to the classroom by allowing learners to program it to assemble a minimum of four different variations of the valve.

Individual Station Detail:

Amatrol's individual Mechatronics stations can be used in a variety of combinations (contact Amatrol for more information on specific options). All together, these stations make up a complete flexible manufacturing system. Each station is a small mechatronics system in itself with multiple, integrated technologies that can be used stand-alone or in various combinations, creating unlimited project capability.

Amatrol's Mechatronics line can be outfitted with programmable logic controllers (PLCs) from either Allen-Bradley (870-AB53A) or Siemens (870-S715). In addition, a variety of options are available for the Mechatronics line, including:

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How prepared are your students to interact effectively with the latest and greatest automated systems? Can they confidently claim they have the skills they need to step into the Smart Factory jobs of the present and future?

For example, can your students operate, maintain, troubleshoot, and repair factory-wide enterprise systems that combine Smart Factory technology systems with autonomous robots, smart conveyors, and a wide variety of smart sensors and integrated wired and wireless networks?

Modern advanced manufacturing facilities need more highly-skilled workers than ever before. That’s why Amatrol, one of the pioneers of Industry 4.0 training, has led the charge in developing advanced Industry 4.0 training systems.



By its very nature, Smart Factory technology seeks to expand to connect all aspects of advanced manufacturing processes. It was this expansive tendency that spurred Amatrol to continue development of its Industry 4.0 training systems to create the Smart Factory Enterprise system.

Amatrol’s Smart Factory Enterprise represents true connected systems training at the enterprise level. Rather than providing discrete training systems focused on individual pieces, Amatrol’s Smart Factory Enterprise was designed to meet the need for hands-on training with a seamless system in which all the parts work together, just like learners will face on the job.

For example, it’s one thing for a worker to know how to program an individual robot. It’s another thing entirely for a worker to know how to program multiple robots to interact and share data in a working mechatronics system that also interfaces with autonomous robots and a smart conveyor system.

Using Amatrol’s Smart Factory Enterprise System, learners will gain real, relevant Industry 4.0 skills and experience, because they’ll be working with industry-standard components integrated in an enterprise system that replicates an authentic Smart Factory.

Amatrol’s Smart Factory Enterprise represents a groundbreaking approach to teaching Industry 4.0 skills with a multi-station automated manufacturing system that integrates mechatronics, robotics, conveyors, autonomous robots, and a variety of other Smart Factory technologies.

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Amatrol pioneered Industry 4.0 training when it transformed its popular full-scale mechatronics line into a robust Smart Factory training system. Today, the 870 Smart Factory Mechatronics system forms the backbone of the larger Smart Factory Enterprise system.

The Smart Factory is a fully connected and flexible manufacturing system that connects its physical systems, operational information, and human assets to control manufacturing, maintenance, inventory, and supply chain operations.

The linked mechatronics stations incorporate all major manufacturing technologies, including electrical, mechanical, hydraulics, and pneumatics. Together, the stations comprise a fully-automated manufacturing line that teaches essential processes, such as inventory control, inspection, sorting, assembly, torqueing, testing, CNC machining, and storage.

To transform this system into a true Smart Factory, Amatrol added a station for networking communications equipment, along with a variety of other connected technologies:

  • Smart Sensors: Smart sensors with I/O links provide flexible manufacturing, predictive maintenance, and data analytics capabilities. Featured smart sensors include pneumatics/vacuum, ultrasonic, photoeye, stacklight, electrical current, and analog position and pressure sensors.

  • Smart Product ID: Smart product identification components, including barcode, vision, and RFID scanners, allow learners to track parts and see production history of sorting, acceptance, and rejection of parts, as well as inventory control.

  • Network Communications: Network communications lie at the heart of Industry 4.0 systems. Amatrol adds Ethernet/PROFINET and wireless communications equipment to allow learners to utilize industrial protocols for real-time control, program transfer, data collection, and changing programs.

  • Network Security: Amatrol’s network security equipment teaches learners how to protect manufacturing processes and data from outside access, provide safe data communication between factory networks and the Internet, and securely extend operational data to suppliers and customers.

  • Smart Production: Smart production capabilities are achieved by adding industry-standard visual communications software that allows learners to monitor processes, enter orders, and view and analyze production trends.

  • Smart Maintenance: Web-based, industry-standard manufacturing execution software provides smart maintenance capabilities. For example, the software collects system data from all the Smart Factory components to automatically trigger necessary maintenance operations via apps that can be used on smartphones, tablets, or personal computers.



Building upon the foundation of Amatrol’s Smart Factory Mechatronics training system, the Smart Factory Enterprise adds the following real industrial components:

  • Autonomous Robot System: Autonomous robots, also known as autonomous guided vehicles or AGVs, are changing the way products and parts are transported throughout Smart Factories. Using Amatrol’s Autonomous Robot System, learners will develop important Industry 4.0 skills, including how to program an autonomous robot to travel between stations to deliver necessary items on a precise schedule.

  • Smart Robot Workcells: Amatrol’s Smart Robot Workcells allow users to integrate a variety of industrial FANUC robots with their Smart Factory Enterprise system. For example, the following FANUC robots can be used in conjunction with the Smart Robot Workcells: FANUC 200iD/4S, FANUC 200iD, and FANUC SCARA SR-6iA. The workcells also include a mobile workstation with a grid surface, a laser scanner, and an interface panel with discrete I/O/Ethernet, stacklight, and pneumatics.

  • Smart Conveyor System: Conveyors play a major role in automated systems in manufacturing facilities around the world. Amatrol’s Smart Conveyor System teaches learners important applications, such as assembly, material handling, quality/inspection, and machine loading. In addition to a variable frequency drive (VFD), human-machine interface (HMI), and standard safety devices, the Smart Conveyor System interfaces with the Smart Robot Workcells and includes Industry 4.0 technologies, such as RFID pallet tracking and Ethernet communications.


The Smart Factory Enterprise can be customized to include additional industrial components that satisfy particular needs. For example, a CNC machine or CNC simulator can be added to incorporate machining skills into your Industry 4.0 training.

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Amatrol’s Smart Factory training system is an eight-station automated manufacturing line that assembles a functional, two-way pneumatic valve. This system utilizes either a FANUC LR Mate robot or an Amatrol Pegasus robot, IGear Squeaks software for Smart Factory communication, Allen-Bradley and/or Siemens PLCs, and an additional cart that houses systems for Ethernet, Wireless Communication, and Network Security training. Each of the eight stations features a smart sensor or component, such as pneumatic/vacuum, ultrasonic, photoeye, stack light, electrical current, and analog pressure sensors.

Visit our Smart Factory Training page for more in-depth information about Smart Factory technology and Amatrol’s training solutions. 

Tabletop Smart Factory


Amatrol’s Tabletop Smart Factory offers Industry 4.0 training in a compact, portable system that’s perfect for high schools or anywhere training space is limited. The five-station system includes Smart Factory components for Ethernet, RFID/Sensors, Barcode, and more. It also connects with Amatrol’s Portable PLC Troubleshooting Learning System – AB Compact Logix (990-PABCL1F), which provides performance analysis of the system via I/O Link.

For more information about how you can incorporate Amatrol’s Tabletop Smart Factory into your high school CTE program, check out this informative article: Teach Hands-On Smart Automation Skills in High School Using Amatrol’s Tabletop Smart Factory.



Amatrol’s robotics training systems feature the Pegasus II servo robot (880-RA21B), which has an open arm design that supports hands-on knowledge application and skill development. While small in size, the Pegasus is a giant when it comes to teaching and learning capabilities. Within the Robotics and Computer Programming 1 training system (94-RCP1) and the add-on Flexible Manufacturing 1 training system (94-FMS1A), major topics include:

  • Application Development & Production Control

  • Point-to-Point Assembly & Palletizing

  • Pneumatic Robot Control


FANUC Robotics

FANUC Robotics

FANUC's education robots are real-world industry solutions designed for the classroom

Our robot education program trains instructors to teach students about FANUC robots and software. We’ve developed a curriculum to introduce students to robot applications including integrated vision systems (iRVision), programming a logic controller, and using ROBOGUIDE simulation software. 

Eligible schools can purchase an educational tooling package to integrate robot training into their programs and initiatives. These programs will enable students to learn and use FANUC robots and software – the same products used today in industrial workplaces all over the world.

Automation in VR

zSpace Automation

Where does zSpace fit?

zSpace gives students a safe and efficient way to apply theory by simulating a broad range of practical and complex tasks. At TechEd Products we help you create a mix of curriculum, simulation software, and simulation hardware to shorten the learning curve and allow your students to succeed in real-world applications sooner.



Some of our automation customers are checking out zSpace laptops to their students, allowing them to practice a wide range of tasks from each area. Contact us at to see what distanced learning options are available on zSpace for your CTE program.


NIRTEC Industrial Controls is a suite of applications for learning, designing, programming and simulating Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs). You will be able to learn how to use the automatic control systems utilized in the industry with just your zSpace.


Industrial Robotics Expert by GTAFE allows students to bring the textbooks to life with a particular focus on preparing them for industry standards. Content includes electrical, hydraulic, mechanical, and pneumatic principles. Students will explore complex standards and explore how these principles work together.

Industrial Robotics Mechanic by GTAFE allows students to practice assembly/disassembly, with a particular focus on preventative maintenance, and common procedures for manufacturing robots. Students will practice daily, monthly and quarterly maintenance procedures in this self guided application.

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