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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. These learning systems are vital parts of Amatrol programs like packaging, industrial maintenance, STEM, and more!

All of the automation learning systems combine hearty curriculum packed full of on-the-job applicable knowledge with real-world industrial components for exceptional hands-on skill-building. Many of these systems also feature fault troubleshooting so that learners can understand how to recognize common system problems and malfunctions and how to correct them.


Amatrol’s robot learning systems feature the Pegasus II (880-RA2-1-B), 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 system (94-RCP1) and the add-on Flexible Manufacturing 1 (94-FMS1A) and 2 (94-FMS2), major topics include:
  • Application Development
  • Production Control
  • Point-to-Point Assembly
  • Palletizing
  • Pneumatic Robot Control
  • And More!

In addition to hands-on skill-building with an actual Pegasus robot, Amatrol also offers simulation software for both Pegasus and Saturn robots. Learners can practice the same skills in a simulated environment as they would with actual robots.

Programmable Logic Controllers and Mechatronics

Programmable logic controllers are arguably the most important component in advanced manufacturing. Amatrol features the two industry leaders in PLCs in Allen-Bradley and Siemens, specifically the AB CompactLogix L16 and the Siemens S7-300 series. Within Amatrol’s automation systems, PLCs are integrated with mechatronics stations to recreate an actual automated line in your classroom.

Amatrol's mechatronics choices includes both a Large Scale Mechatronics Line, which features a robust nine carts, and a Tabletop Mechatronics line for customers that have more restricted classroom space or need to transport the learning system between multiple venues. The large scale line covers topics like:

  • Pick and Place Feeding
  • Gauging
  • Orientation Processing
  • Sorting / Buffering
  • Servo Robotic Assembly
  • Torque Assembly
  • Inventory Storage
  • CNC Mill
  • Electro-Hydraulic Testing

This line also features a large assortment of add-on systems like:

  • Human-Machine Interface
  • Troubleshooting
  • RF Identification, and Vision

There is also an option to purchase an integration package to substitute the Pegasus II robot used with the Servo-Robotic Assembly station with a customer-supplied Fanuc 200iD/4S robot.

Amatrol’s tabletop mechatronics learning system features four stations and utilizes an Allen-Bradley MicroLogix 1000 PLC. This system covers topics like automation operation, sorting, distribution, inspection, indexing, and inventory.

High School Options for Automation Training

In addition to learning systems geared toward post-secondary and industrial customers, Amatrol also offers systems specifically designed for high schools. One of the biggest challenges facing the workforce today is a skilled worker shortage. Because of this, Amatrol is dedicated to providing high schools with learning solutions that will cover applicable STEM knowledge and advanced manufacturing topics and skills. High School learning systems within the automation area include:

Robotics 1 Learning System (96-ROB1-A)
Robotics 2 Learning System (96-ROB2-A)
Robotics 1 Simulation Software (96-RSS1)
Robotics 2 Simulation Software (96-RSS2)