Siemens held a “grand reopening” of its expanded Technical Application Center (TAC) in Elk Grove, IL, August 8. The upgraded facility offers a range of learning opportunities, including classroom training, online instructor-led training, and online self-paced training for Sinumerik CNCs from Siemens.
The expanded TAC offers machine tool dealers, importers and end-users of Sinumerik CNCs a range of learning opportunities including classroom training, online instructor-led training, and online self-paced training.
Operating since 2009, the TAC occupies about 3150 sq. ft. of dedicated space close to O’Hare International Airport. The facility’s newly expanded machine lab now includes three milling machines and one turning center for hands-on learning, plus a Kuka robotic center and an NX-CAM training station.
Two classrooms provide students with instructor-led, hands-on training using Siemens’ SinuTrain software and Sinumerik CNC simulators.
“Manufacturers are continuously looking for ways to train their employees on evolving CNC technologies as they transition to digital factories,” said Sascha Fischer, segment manager, Siemens Motion Control, machine tool business. “Hands-on training and virtual programs like these are extremely important. We’re excited to offer machine tool users a more expansive program to develop their employees.”
Siemens offers professional-level training courses ranging from Sinumerik operation and programming to Sinumerik service and maintenance. In addition, the following advanced training classes are offered:
- Mixed technology operation and programming
- Flexible NC programming
- Multi–channel operation and programming
- Advanced measuring cycles
- Post-processor development
- PLC commissioning and service
- 4th-axis integration
- Part and tool probe installation
In addition to the Elk Grove TAC, a virtual TAC is also available to individuals looking to expand their CNC knowledge. The virtual TAC is open to anyone and available at no cost, allowing individuals to watch professional-series webinars online.
Utilizing SinuTrain CNC simulation software, these webinars demonstrate how to maximize investments in Sinumerik CNC. Live training webinars are presented monthly by Siemens Sinumerik experts, covering a range of techniques and processes. Webinar topics range from milling and turning to general operations, maintenance and service. Attendees can also take part in Q&A sessions following the main presentation. All past webinars are available for viewing in an archive library.
Virtual one-on-one, custom tailored training courses can be requested for large user groups looking to enhance specific skills of their programmer and operator teams.