On Saturday, January 21, 2018, ABCO Automation hosted a follow-up open-shop build day at its Greensboro, N.C. facility for area FIRST Robotics Competition teams. In the spirit of “Coopertition,” members of the multi-team “Triad Alliance” returned to ABCO two weeks into their six-week build cycle, collaborating on design concepts and manufacturing components. The event was planned by Brian Page, coach of FRC team “Triple Strange.” After a brief company introduction and safety overview by Dwight Marcellus, director of operations, ABCO Automation, team members, coaches, mentors, and parents, spent the morning working out design details, programming, and preparing part drawings. ABCO engineering and manufacturing staff were on hand to support the teams, fielding technical questions and spending time talking with students about various career opportunities with an automation company like ABCO.
After a quick break for lunch, the flurry of activity continued with parts being routed through manufacturing, more design work, and programming. The teams have just four weeks remaining in the 2018 FRC season to complete and ship their robots to the FRC competition.
ABCO has been a proud supporter of US FIRST Robotics for many years. Our highly skilled engineering and technical staff volunteers and our in-house manufacturing capability make us uniquely qualified to support FIRST and encourage students to pursue STEM education and careers. For additional information visit: www.firstinspires.org.