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INTELITEK TO DISTRIBUTE SOLDAMATIC AUGMENTED TRAINING

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Intelitek Inc. (New Hampshire, USA), a leading provider of educational technology and Seabery Solutions (Huelva, Spain), an augmented reality educational technologies company, have reached a strategic collaboration agreement to market and distribute Seabery’s welding training system, SOLDAMATIC AUGMENTED TRAINING, through Intelitek’s vast distribution network worldwide.

Seabery was recently awarded “Most Investable Startup in Europe” by Silicon Stroll BootCamp. This collaboration is considered a significant step forward for the vocational training industry.

This agreement expends Intelitek’s portfolio, offering clients a unique educational technology platform – a pioneering realistic augmented reality simulation environment for welding training.

The cooperation between these two leading companies will considerably increase Soldamatic’s presence globally. It will be promoting augmented training technology in markets that share the goal of improving the way that technical careers such as welding are taught. Augmented reality increases training practice time, enhances the quality of training and decreases cost.

Soldamatic rounds out the educational loop by offering not only a cutting-edge technology platform for training, but also high-quality content specifically designed to be learned on its simulators. Augmented reality simulation and gamification boost the motivation of young generations in education and increase their interest in technical careers. Educational platforms such as the Soldamatic training simulator are pushing the boundaries of traditional training, and helping to ensure the creation of the next generation of welding professionals.

 


Vice President Joe Biden Discusses Manufacturing Education at Manchester Community College

We were delighted to be in attendance at our educational partner Manchester Community College’s discussion of secondary education with Vice President Joe Biden on 25 February 2015. The Vice President took questions from students, educators and businesses alike, and discussed his vision of how collaborations between the public and private sector are vital to training a world-class workforce in the 21st century.

Vice President Biden led by stating how the U.S. is poised for a resurgence in manufacturing jobs, with companies who have previously outsourced manufacturing to China overwhelmingly looking to ‘in-source’ jobs back to the U.S. in the near future. He noted how 31,500 new skilled welders would be needed by 2020.

Surrounded by students benefitting from the modern equipment and educational techniques used in Manchester Community College, the Vice President re-iterated his feelings that community colleges are “the best kept secret in America,” allowing students from all backgrounds to build the skills that put them in excellent positions.

Much of the time was opened up to students who shared how free community college education and access to modern training facilities had given them a future working in manufacturing, an opportunity that would not have been available without this support.

With our representatives in attendance, Manchester Community College stated that Intelitek has been very supportive of their programs, and that they maintain a good relationship with the company It was also noted that Intelitek is on the Manchester Community College’s advisory board, “helping to frame the right kind of resources and education” in regard to building the most skilled workforce in the area. Vice President Biden added that he was impressed and encouraged.

 


Intelitek Announces New Online Self-Paced Professional Development Courses

Intelitek is introducing an exciting new range of online self-paced courses for professional development. Designed to give educators the toolkit to keep students’ minds engaged and increase their commitment to study, the courses also offer teachers a flexible way to earn competitively-priced CEU credits.

Manchester, NH (PRWEB) February 18, 2015

Intelitek, a leading provider of modern educational technology with over 30 years of experience, is introducing an exciting new range of online self-paced courses for professional development. These 5-hour courses help both new and experienced teachers become dynamic educators. Designed to give educators the toolkit to keep students’ minds engaged and increase their commitment to study, the courses also offer teachers a flexible way to earn competitively-priced CEU credits.

Introduction to Online Teaching Methodologies/Flipped Classroom teaches educators how to flip a classroom, use online teaching to its full potential and maximize the use of one-on-one contact time in the classroom. Educators will learn the key attributes of the new tech-savvy student, how they learn, and how to best facilitate this learning. After successfully completing the course, teachers can better use online discussion boards, construct courses that work well online and manage a flipped classroom effectively.

How to Tweet and Blog for Educational Purposes explains the complex world of Twitter and blogging in education. These powerful tools, when used effectively, create a personal learning network for students, enabling their critical thinking. A teacher who completes this course will be able to make the best use of Twitter, set up a blog, and use both of them effectively to engage students.

21st Century Classroom offers teachers the power to using technology to productively modernize their classroom. In such a classroom, students gain the knowledge and skills they will need in the real world. This course teaches how to use technology to facilitate learning instead of creating a distraction. Teachers completing the course will be knowledgeable in new learning tools that simplify and streamline the modern classroom.

Courses are delivered through Intelitek’s revolutionary modern learning management system LearnMate7, enabling teachers to complete the courses online at their own pace. The online-provided curriculum is not leader-led and has no stop or start time, allowing teachers to complete the courses in a manner that best suits their busy schedules.

Teachers will receive a full downloadable completion certificate at the end of each course that details the learning objectives completed and the tasks undertaken. Intelitek can provide further documentation should the Continuing Education Units granting body require it.

Each 5-hour course costs just $49 per participant, with new courses being added on a monthly basis.


Dealer meeting for Intelitek NAM Partners

During the 3-day seminar, held at Radisson Hotel in Manchester NH, we were able to use the opportunity to demo new products and educational solutions, showcase our cutting edge hardware, and discuss how to get the best of Intelitek solutions running in the wild.

The photos from the seminar have been uploaded to the Intelitek Facebook page.

Check them out athttps://www.facebook.com/Intelitek, and don’t forget to like the Intelitek Facebook page to keep up to date on all the latest developments!

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Intelitek VP Speaker at SINAFOCAL – Building Policy Training in Paraguay

Intelitek’s VP of Business Development Moshe Ben-Porath spoke at the recent SINAFOCAL Building Policy Training in Paraguay event. Speaking on development of human capital, Moshe Ben-Porath was joined by esteemed speakers Guillermo Sosa Flores (Minister of Labor, Employment and Social Security), María Victoria Diesel Coscia (Technical Secretary of SINAFOCAL), Ramon Rojas Maciel (Director of the HNS), and David Velázquez (Director General of Employment).

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INTELITEK UPDATES PLCMOTION WITH 64-BIT COMPATIBILITY

PLCMotion software, enabling enriched technology instruction through simulated PLC systems, is now available for 64-bit systems

Manchester, NH – Sept 9, 2014 –Intelitek announced the release of PLCMotion version 8.1 with compatibility for Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 64-bit computer systems. This update, available for the English language version of the software, will be available as a free upgrade for existing users. Like the 32-Bit version, the 64-bit version requires a serial port to be installed on the computer connected to PLC.
Click here to download the new version!

Click here to download the user manual.

About PLCMotion

PLCMotion is a powerful PLC simulation control software that allows students to program a PLC and simulate industrial applications. This simulation software lets students observe and understand the control logic behind the operation of industrial PLCs, ladder logic programming, inputs and output devices and electrical control.
When integrated with Intelitek’s PLC Technology e-learning courses and optional PLCLine hardware training panel, PLCMotion makes a dynamic element of a comprehensive technology training program. The combination of interactive e-learning, graphic simulation software and PLC hardware provides an effective blended learning experience.

About Intelitek

Intelitek transforms education across the globe through comprehensive technology learning solutions. Our innovative tools and technologies empower instructors and inspire students to improve the world around them. We understand the changing needs of your career and technology classrooms and design flexible solutions that meet those needs within the framework of any budget. Our sustainable support and professional development ensure the continued success of your programs. By helping to deliver the competencies needed for in-demand careers, we are producing results for students, teachers, nations and economies.


3-day seminar prepares Intelitek’s new Latin American partners for success

Excitement and enthusiasm abounded at the seminar for our new Latin American partners last month, which ran for three feverishly busy days from the 2nd to 4th of September. The goal was to offer our new partners the best tools and knowledge possible to sell Intelitek products to the many interested parties in Latin America.
The three day workshop included lots of hands-on training and company activities, and culminated in a visit to one of our valued customers who implemented an Intelitek CIM System – Manchester Community College in New Hampshire. We thank all of the participants for their hard work and zeal, and Manchester Community College for allowing us to see the equipment.
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Purdue College of Technology Enhances Curriculum with Competition

Extra-curricular robotics challenge enhances cross-disciplinary curriculum at Purdue University

Purdue Kokomo

What happens when you take a little inspiration mixed with some competitive challenge, add some vendor support, then toss in some motivated students? It’s a recipe for success in engineering programs as proven by Purdue College of Technology Kokomo. What started off as an extra-curricular robotics challenge has evolved into a full-blown multidisciplinary engineering course that will debut this fall.

A Challenge for Faculty and Students

The seeds of this initiative were planted when members of Purdue Kokomo attended an ASEE (American Society for Engineering Education) conference. A demo at the conference gave the faculty the idea to design a student activity based on a robotics football contest.

They discussed the idea with Paul Copioli, President of VEX. Realizing the potential of the idea, VEX contributed a variety of Vex parts to help initiate the project. Thus the challenge was issued between Purdue College of Technology Kokomo and University of Notre Dame to design and build a team of football-playing robots and compete in an NFL style “combine”.

The combine would test specific robotic “skills” by means of individual events, testing the robot speed, agility, strength and robustness. The skill events would be followed by the teams competing in a scrimmage designed after American football.

The challenge appealed to students on various degree pathways, including Computer and Information Technology, Electrical Engineering Technology, Engineering Technology, and Mechanical Engineering Technology.

The challenge would be achieved using the VEX robotics platform and EasyC programming software as tools. Students held weekly meetings to discuss designs. They were required to develop design specifications and justifications for the design they chose. After a couple of months of training and design meetings, the students completed a working prototype.

Purdue Kokomo Football Prototype

Game Day

The big event was held at the University of Notre Dame’s Joyce Center in April 2014. Five teams participated: Purdue-Kokomo, The U.S. Naval Academy, University of Notre Dame, Purdue-Calumet, and Purdue-South Bend.

Purdue Kokomo Football Combine

Purdue-Kokomo won both the speed and the agility tests, while Navy won the strength test. The scrimmage featured Purdue-Kokomo and Navy teamed up against Notre Dame, with the Kokomo/Navy team defeating Notre Dame 14-0.

Purdue Kokomo Football Speedtest

Read the game story at Purdue website!

A Course is Born

The real winners resulting from the event were the current and future students at Purdue. Since this extracurricular activity was so successful, it has given birth to an entirely new class: “Design of Robotic Systems”. This class will help prepare students for the activity by covering the design principles involved. Topics will include designing mobile robots to accomplish specified performance objectives, developing robotic subsystems, and robotic programming. Throughout the course, students learn the system development process, including planning, documentation, prototyping, testing, and analysis.

The course will be taught by faculty from all four academic areas and will be offered in fall of 2014. This is an excellent example of the value of extra-curricular activities in motivating students and enabling them to take ownership of their educational experience.



Mike Rowe and Mobile Robotics at SkillsUSA!

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SkillsUSA is calling this years National Leadership and Skills Conference the best ever – and we would have to agree!

This year, Intelitek’s Automated Manufacturing Technology contest was made a closer replication of the industrial environment. Teams created virtual parts with our CNCMotion software before moving on to the hands-on production with our ProMill 8000. This modification to the contest received great feedback from the competitors and advisors.

The Robotics and Automation contest also ran smoothly again this year with the Puerto Rico team earning the High School Gold Medal and North Arkansas College earning the Post Secondary Championship.

At the Mobile Robotics field, we received a terrific surprise when Mike Rowe, a perennial supporter of CTE and SkillsUSA (also of the Discovery Channel’s “Dirty Jobs” fame), visited the Mobile Robotics competition!

Trevor Pope, Intelitek’s Product Manager and Mobile Robotics competition committee member spent over an hour with Mr. Rowe in the Mobile Robotics contest area showing him what we do. Along with help from RECF, we built him a robot and created a mini competition against the Massachusetts team, which uses EasyC. Mike named the robot “Micro / Macro” and autographed the shielding.
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Best yet, Intelitek will be featured on Mike Rowe’s new CNN show “Somebody’s Gotta Do It“! The program is expected to air on CNN in October. This will provide extensive publicity to Intelitek’s REC program and EasyC on a national news network!

Working with Mr. Rowe at SkillUSA was great fun, and were glad to be a part of the work he does in creating awareness of the awesome opportunities that exist for students in career and technology education!
See our Facebook page for more pictures!


VEX Skyrise – Lessons from Team 1103!

VEX Round Up Champion Team 1103 – Compound Chain Lifting Mechanism

With the release of the 2014 VEX SkyRise challenge , mechanisms and strategies for lifting are a hot topic among potential competitors! We have fielded many inquiries about the lifting mechanism from Team 1103’s robot which won the 2010 championship. 1103 is one of the most successful VEX robot designs and lifting mechanisms ever created! No doubt there are some excellent lessons and principles in the design of the 1103 robot that could apply to Skyrise.

Vex Team 1103 robot

Team 1103 is a rarity – a one man team. Joshua Wade – whom we interviewed in 2011 – is the sole team member. Team 1103 has won several regional contests and awards including the 2010 VEX robotics Programming Skills Challenge World Champion and the 2011 Vex Robotics National Champion for the 2010-2011 Round Up season.

Design

The 1103 robot uses a compound chained linear slide lifting mechanism reaching 40″ high. The base of the claw lifts to 23″ off the ground. Principles of this lifting design as well as other lifting concepts are available in Intelitek’s Robotics Engineering Curriculum (REC 2 Unit 11 – Lift Systems).

The purely vertical multiple-stage lift uses 17.5″ slides cut to 15″ and operates using a total of six 269 motors coupled in three sets of two motors. Each motor is linked to a single output shaft with a 1:1 ratio.
REC 1 Unit 3 – Gears and Gear Trains explains the physics principles involved in designing gears and gear trains. The output gearing is reduced with 2 sets of 1-1.5 reductions using 12, 18 and 24-toothed cogs. These motors and gears provide enough power to lift the entire robot off the ground.

VEX Team 1103 robot lift mechanism

1103 motors, cogs and chain drive

Programming

The exceptional programming was performed using Intelitek’s EasyC V4 for Cortex programming software. The intuitive environment of EasyC allows users to quickly learn skills needed to become an advanced programmer.

The 1103 robot program utilizes PID control giving the ability to hold the lifting mechanism using feedback from a quadrature encoder and limit switch which control the position of the lift. Wade wrote the program using the easyC sample file “PID Interrupt Service Routine” modified for the quadrature encoder. PID control loops hold the arm position at six different increments giving the operator quick and easy points to maintain elevation of the arm and hold the ring pick up position. This delivers the ability to score (and de-score) on both the floor weeble goals and wall goal posts, offering excellent application for the Skyrise challenge!

Team 1103 is a great example of the unlimited potential students have when engaged and motivated by their educational environment. The success shows that competitive robotics is the means of providing that environment for many more students.

You can check out the 1103 robot in person at our upcoming events, including the SkillsUSA National Championship June 25th and 26th in Kansas City, Mo!

Get your free trial! A full-featured 7-day trial of easyC V4 for Cortex is available here!

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