Educating future robotic technicians

pri-robotic-arm-boxPRI Robotics & Automation takes pride in supporting the education of our future robotic technicians.

When Jay Gerdin at Anoka Technical College approached us about collaborating on a new welding cell for their students, we jumped at the chance to work with them. Utilizing their internal capabilities for fabrication and welding, Anoka Tech built the weld cell enclosure and delivered it to PRI Robotics.

We installed a FANUC 100iC/12 Robot Arm 6-Axis 12 kg payload, 56.0″ reach robot with ArcTool software supplied by Lincoln Electric. Lincoln is a world leader in the design, development and manufacture of arc welding products, robotic arc welding systems, plasma and oxyfuel cutting equipment. Leveraging PRI Robotics’ core competency in creating complete welding and training systems, we created a unique system to meet Anoka Tech’s needs.


Through listening, collaboration, design, integration, and world-class customer service, PRI Robotics is an industry leader in automated welding and fixturing solutions. We serve industries as diverse as automotive, recreational vehicles, transportation, material handling, pipe manufacturing, and heavy industry.


PRI Robotics & Automation Host APICS Event

pri-robotics-event presentersPRI Robotics & Automation and Technical Tool Products were pleased to host October’s APICS Professional Development Meeting on a beautiful fall day. APICS ( is the premier professional association for supply chain management professionals. Working with Michael Geiselman, the event coordinator, the topic selected was “Present & Future of Robotics in Manufacturing & Material Handling”.

During the event

  • Various team members shared their expertise in sessions on Demand Generation, Project Definition, Project Build,  and Project Implementation.
  • Attendees participated in a fun hands-on session with Tools and Material Handling equipment from Atlas Copco, Gorbel, Demag, and Advanced Manipulator.
  • APICS members toured PRI Robotics & Automation and witnessed various robotic applications utilizing Fanuc robots and integrated components to provide CNC Machine Tending.
  • The tour also provided an opportunity to witness Part, Pick & Sort to conveying equipment featuring Fanuc IR-Vision and Graco’s G-Flex 1500 parts feeder.


Feedback from APICS relayed that 100% of survey respondents from APICS members who attended the event found it valuable and offered the following comments:

 “Thank You for a great tour and presentation at PRI on Tuesday evening.  Your team did an outstanding job and seemed to really engage well with the folks there from APICS.  They genuinely share your passion for the business and the challenge.”

“Tonight was terrific”

“This was a meaningful event. Gave insight into the area of robotics and how it could positively impact an organization in terms of ROI and the health of employees due to the elimination of some tasking activities.”

“Well planned and executed”

“I liked that some of the presentation was on the demand side with the presentation from the PRI Sales Manager.”

“Excellent speakers – very professional. Fun to see people who love what they do.”

PRI Robotics & Automation and Technical Tool Products is a proud member of APICS and stays actively involved with this premier industry leading organization to stay on the cutting edge of our industry and offer our clients the best in technology, automation, processes, and cost control.

To get involved or learn more about APICS, visit them online at

3 New Engineering Interns To Our Team

PRI Robotics has added three new engineering interns to our team. Brandon O’Brien, Cullen Steinhauser and Michael Coughlin will be helping our engineers and technicians with various projects throughout the summer. They are currently working on an economy robot package, 3D modeling, dimensioning, and full assemblies of different parts.  PRI is happy to have their help and proud to offer this educational opportunity.

All three interns will be going back to school in the fall, when the internship ends. Cullen will be entering his Junior year at Iowa State University, Michael will be a senior at North Dakota State University, and Brandon will be continuing his education at Dunwoody College of Technology.

Robotics Integrator Informational Video

Redeployable Robotics Demo

A Case Study Featuring Redeployable Robots

Client: Die Casting Company located in Minnesota


Problem: A Minnesota die casting company utilized a robotic automation system that tended to a series of horizontal machining centers. After a few years of operation, the production requirements changed significantly. The die casting company desired to move the automation away from the horizontal machining centers completely, and instead integrate the automation into to a vertical machining center and lathe. Rather than undergo the costly expense of replacing their existing robotic automation system, they were looking for a way to alter and adjust it to meet the new application requirements they had set.

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