Following a demonstration of its precision at such tasks as moving and picking up objects – and even writing a thank-you message on a white board – a ribbon was cut Wednesday, March 16, for a new industrial robot system donated to the Department of Engineering Technology at Missouri Southern State University.

Students programmed the robot to perform several tasks during the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Students programmed the robot to perform several tasks during the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The FANUC Robot LR Mate 200iD robot system was donated to the university by the Leggett & Platt Automotive Group.

“We have four to five employees currently in the Industrial Engineering program at Missouri Southern,” said Ross Turner, a branch manager for Leggett & Platt and a member of the IET advisory board. “This donation was a natural … we use the same equipment in our operation today.”

The robot will support the university’s new minor in automation, producing engineering technology students with the training and knowledge to be valuable assets to their employers.

“It’s the perfect example of the collaboration between Missouri Southern and our corporate partners,” said Dr. Brad Hodson, the university’s executive vice president.

The donation was in response to a fundraiser for the Pegasus II Robotic Learning System. A crowdfunding initiative is currently in place to meet a goal of $4,400 toward the purchase of the $22,000 system. The remaining cost will be covered by donations from alumni, friends and the university’s business partners.