Overview

OF GennFlex Training Solutions

GennFlex offers turn-key industrial training solutions that schools, colleges, and workforce organizations integrate into STEM or industrial education programs.

Primary

Areas of Study

Pneumatics
PLC
CNC
Machine Vision
Additive Manufacturing

The Building Blocks

Of Our Solutions

GennFlex training solutions include course-related hardware, teaching aids, accessories, instructor training, and course material.

Custom-built

Hardware

We ally with industry leaders such as Yaskawa Motoman, SMC, Keyence, Cognex, and other global industrial brands to use their newest products in our training equipment builds. We only use production-grade components and technologies to ensure that our students have access to the latest and greatest innovations in robotics and automation.

Blended Classrooms

Introduction To Robot Programming course does not require any prior knowledge of robot programming. General robotics-related knowledge acquired during this course is brand agnostic; however, the robot programming skills are specific to the robot controller brand installed on your training module. We blend the following three methods of instruction into our program:

Digital content

Interactive video classes are delivered via GennFlex LMS. These general knowledge online classes provide an initial understanding of the covered subjects. These classes are a prerequisite to the main in-person instructor-led course.

Instructor-led Classes

Introduction To Robot Programming course teaches the basics of robot programming, integration, and simple applications. During this course, the students learn the fundamentals of robot movement, programming, inputs and outputs, sensors, palletizing, and conveyor use.

Labs

We further strengthen the theoretical knowledge with the hands-on labs that focus on the subject matter covered in the classes. Each class is designed to offer an even balance of instruction and practice time.

We strongly believe in the democratization of technical training and strive to make it available to more communities across the country.
We believe that younger students need access to engaging, high-quality training for the next generation of manufacturing technologies while the industry constantly needs to upskill its employees.

Anton Koretskov, VP of Business Development

The Gap

between industry and STEM education

Operating at the intersection of Education and Manufacturing gives us at GennFlex a unique opportunity to listen and talk to both communities, analyze their needs and pain points, and develop solutions to resolve them.

STEM Education

Robotics studies are considered essential and remain in the center of most STEM programs. Learning robotics contributes immensely to the overall development of a child. Not only does it provide the power to improve academic performance, but learning robotics can also significantly enhance problem-solving, creative, and critical thinking skills, encourage teamwork, collaboration, and leadership qualities, boost students’ confidence, and ultimately spark their enthusiasm and interest toward engineering and manufacturing careers.

Most of the popular STEM programs excel in these aspects, by engaging their students in a fun, game-centric approach to learning the “boring” subjects. However, these programs rarely go above the fighting robots competitions and almost never expose their students to real-world industrial robots and automation technologies.

INDUSTRY 4.0

By definition, automation technologies, robotics, close collaboration of human workers and machines, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and interconnectivity are the technologies that separate the current Industry 4.0 from its previous iterations.

Re-shoring of manufacturing, the explosive rate of technology development, and the dynamically growing economy – are just some of the factors that create an ever-increasing demand for highly-skilled workers and engineers with a solid understanding of modern automation technologies, cutting-edge machinery, software programming, and CAD design.

And this is where the growing skills gap is painfully evident: the education system is far behind in supplying the industrial community with the next generations of engineers and skilled workers.

Bridging The Gap

The GennFlex Way

The Missing Link

When reviewing current STEM programs implemented at schools across the country, we were not fortunate to come across programs that would utilize industrial-grade robots, software, and technologies. Some schools would have a couple of robots either donated or purchased through a funding program. However, in most cases, they were not integrated with the core STEM programs and merely served the purpose of a visual representation of the manufacturing equipment.

STEM programs primarily use “lite” equipment and simulation software to approximate the behaviors of real manufacturing machines. While a great option for the beginner learner to grasp the basic concepts of machine operation and control, these programs stop short of exposing the students to the real-world manufacturing environment.

The main negative outcomes of this situation are:

  • Fewer students get to experience the exciting world of engineering and therefore do not consider it as part of their future.
  • Those few that do pursue engineering careers still have little to no hands-on experience of programming and operating an industrial robot or a machine prior to the employment.

In our opinion, this is the reason why so many companies are hard-pressed to find qualified engineers and workers.

Our Approach

GennFlex solutions are designed to provide industry-relevant training in a blended classroom environment, where theoretic instruction is supported by application-driven labs.

Our curriculum incorporates exercises, labs, games, and projects that are validated by students using our industrial-grade machines and robots.

  • Production-grade
    Production-grade

    Our training programs are built on the most advanced production-grade robots and machines so that there is little to no gap between the knowledge and skill sets gained in training and the experiences required by the industry.

  • Industry-Relevant
    Industry-Relevant

    Through our strategic partnerships with the leading global makers of robotic and automation equipment, we have access to the latest technologies. This ensures our training programs remain industry-relevant in two ways: are based on the latest manufacturing technologies, and allow the shortest time of technology adoption from the OEMs' production lines to our training curriculum. Thus, the knowledge our students gain throughout GennFlex training is immediately applicable to the realities of modern manufacturing.

A Level Playing Field

for all students and schools

STEM educators play a crucial role in designing training programs to make the world a better place — one that is safer, more efficient, and more sustainable — and to develop solutions that benefit the lives of all people. For this to happen, our workforce must be comprised of people from diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and personal experiences. The future generation of engineers are coming from all walks of life, and they must have equal and fair access to the most advanced education to succeed in this mission.

Our Training is Accessible

We make our solutions accessible to all school districts regardless of their location, urban or rural, by offering our Mobile Training delivery to the location where the training is requested. No special power source or equipment is required – our training modules all fit through standard 32″ doors, only need a standard 100V outlet and a clean room with common classroom equipment.

Our Solutions Are Affordable

We make our solutions affordable by offering different options for equipment procurement: you can buy, lease or rent our products. Which option is best for you will depend on several factors, such as the duration of the training, enrollment levels, and availability of trained instructors, to name a few. To assist in picking the right option, we have developed lease financing and rental calculators.

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