New to the forum here. Forgive me if I'm asking questions that already have been answered. Searched a bit but didn't find answers to my questions. Happy to look at old threads if you know of any.
Short intro: I'm a technician working in misc automation/industrial machine repair. No formal education but adequate understanding of electronics, machining, etc. Live in a small EU-area country with relatively low number of robots due to small economy. This is changing.
I'm interested in getting into the ind. robotics field, but I'm having trouble seeing where to start. It seems the entry level is high. I'm leaning torwards ABB robots (reason: ABB has big market share here, ABB Robotics seem to have a good reputation and they're geographically close). Comments on ABB welcome.
1. What is a good starting point to become a technician / integrator? I'm guessing most of you got into robotics through already established companies but for me this is not an option. I have my own (my family's) company that works in misc automation but it is small. Do I approach ABB (for example) and ask for training to get certification?
2. How important is formal education in for example some engineering field when it comes to becoming an integrator for the various big brand robotics companies? (ABB, KUKA etc.) I mean, are they disinclined to want to work with you?
3. How important is an official integrator certificate from these brands to become a technician for their robots? For parts, manuals, software, training etc. Are any of you uncertified technicians and still able to do your jobs?
4. I guess I would start importing newish used/refurbished robots from reputable suppliers or manufacturers. Is this a newbie trap or possibly a good starting point? (note: I have read the used robots thread. Partially aware of pitfalls).
There must be someone out there that has been in my shoes. Happy to hear stories.