YRG Robotics, the Fort Wayne-based U.S. distributor of Yamaha robots, has donated more than $22,000
of robotics equipment to the Trine Center for Technical Training, based at Trine University’s Angola campus.
The donation includes two industrial robots — a single-axis slider and the second
a 350-millimeter Selective Compliance Assembly Robot Arm (SCARA) — plus controlling
Both types of robots are designed to perform simple actions quickly.
“This generous donation by YRG Robotics allows us to provide a complete range of robotics
training options to students in the Trine Center for Technical Training and in the
mechatronics and robotics engineering major at Trine University,” said Jason Blume,
executive director at Trine innovation 1. “Not only will students have the opportunity
to work with another type of robot, but this will provide exposure to and opportunities
for different programming languages.”
“We’re grateful and excited for supporters like YRG as we continue to grow and develop
our programming,” said Jacob Bradshaw, program lead for the Trine Center for Technical
Training (TCTT). “These crucial partnerships will help us better serve the students,
workers and industry of northeast Indiana.”
“The new technical training offered at Trine is in line with the skills required to
program Allen Bradley PLCs, Yamaha or Fanuc robot programming and or vision systems
required to be maintained in production and manufacturing facilities across North
America,” said Chris Elston, Chief Robotics Manager, YRG Robotics. “YRG and Yamaha
Robotics are grateful to partner with Trine, which will train and provide the technical
certifications to become a skilled worker in today’s manufacturing environments. I
hope many people will take advantage of this fun career in automation and robotics.”
The new robots also will allow the Center to offer a Yamaha Robotics certificate.
Launched in August, the TCTT serves individuals, high schools and businesses by providing
in-demand skills to meet the needs of northeast Indiana industry. It offers programs
on Trine’s Angola campus as well as online and on-site, allowing participants to earn
associate and specialist certification from the prestigious Smart Automation Certification
Alliance (SACA) as well as certification in areas such as project management, Lean
Six Sigma-Green Belt, Certified Quality Engineer and network management.
Since 1976, Yamaha has provided assembly robots to the industrial marketplace that
are unsurpassed for payload, speed and dependability. Its current lineup is the culmination
of decades of experience in Yamaha's own plants and thousands of others around the
From single-axis robots to the broadest selection of SCARA robots anywhere, Yamaha
supplies the best solution for nearly any automated assembly requirement.
Photo: From left, John Liu, Ph.D., assistant professor in Trine University's Wade Department
of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; Chris Elston, chief robotics manager, YRG
Robotics; Jason Blume, executive director, Trine innovation 1; and Jacob Bradshaw,
program lead for the Trine Center for Technical Training, with more than $22,000 of
robotics equipment donated by YRG Robotics to the Trine Center for Technical Training.
(Photo by Dean Orewiler)
Last Updated: 10/03/2022