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Posted Monday, July 15th, 2019

Universal Robot Will Provide Hands-On Training for Students 

Innovation and technology are at the forefront of the new County College of Morris Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering building, slated to open in 2020.

Collaborating with the college in its mission to provide students with a high-quality education and businesses with top-notch employees, The Knotts Company, of Berkeley Heights, has presented CCM with a Universal Robot, UR 3 model (CB3 series).

Dignitaries with robot

(l/r) Knotts CEO Rick Howe and Sales Manager Mark Howe;, CCM professors Eric Perdersen and Thomas Roskop; CCM Vice President Patrick Enright; CCM Professor Venancio “Venny” Fuentes; student Joe Dowling; CCM Foundation Executive Director Katie A. Olsen; and CCM President Anthony J. Iacono.

With an arm designed to mimic the range of motion of a human arm, the robot previously was used for in-house product testing and customer demonstrations. At CCM, students will be able to work with the robot to enhance their understanding of modern-day manufacturing environments.

The donated Universal Robot collaborative, 6-axis robotic arm will allow CCM engineering and manufacturing professors to familiarize themselves with the most innovative robotic technology on the market, while creating numerous new college course offerings.

“Students will learn the ease of flexible deployment, in a safe nature, delve into ‘behind the scenes’ programming and perform various manual labor operations with the robot which is pertinent to automating factory floors today,” said Suzanne Tracey, business development manager and marketing manager at The Knotts Company.

“We are grateful for the generosity of The Knotts Company. The robot will help foster workplace scenarios for our students to receive hands-on training and preparation for the workforce,” remarked Patrick Enright, vice president for Professional Studies and Applied Sciences at CCM.

Upon graduation, students who enroll in programs in the Department of Engineering Technologies and Engineering Science at CCM have the choice of gaining immediate entry into the workforce, furthering their studies by transferring to a four-year institution or obtaining a certificate.

To learn more about the Department of Engineering Technologies and Engineering Science at CCM, visit

Photo Credit: Allison Ognibene