Robotics technology is showcased to engineering students

Engineering students got the chance to see some of the latest robotics technology in action when a Telford company brought its latest innovation into college.

Iconsys, the automation solutions company based at Hortonwood, brought its new iAM-R robot onto the Haybridge campus to show off its skills.

And one of the team members demonstrating the equipment was a former Telford College student, 26-year-old Andy Macfadyen from Muxton.

Andy Macfadyen from Muxton with the robotics technology at Telford College | Engineering
Andy Macfadyen from Muxton with the robotics technology at Telford College | Engineering

The former Newport Burton Borough School student became a GKN Sankey apprentice after leaving college, before spending time as a robotics programmer at ABB.

“I really enjoyed my time at Telford College – the exposure I got from college still helps me in my career,” said Andy, who is now a robotics project engineer at iconsys.


He completed electrical installation, engineering operations, drawing, autocad and solid works training during his time at the college, before signing up on his apprenticeship.

“The lecturers are all highly knowledgeable and were all very helpful and taught me what I need to know.”

“I’d recommend engineering pathways at Telford College, I can’t imagine anywhere else offering the kind of engineering opportunities which I got.”

Andy came into the college’s Haybridge campus with iconsys marketing manager Guy Black to record a marketing video of the new iAM-R robot.

The aim of the visit was to show the principles of the robot, and illustrate how it can be used in the workplace.

The iAM-R is unlike any robot available to industrial manufacturers today – automated and intelligent, fully mobile and able to run with no need for tracks.


Iconsys was founded in 1987, and is a specialist in the design, manufacture and commissioning of integrated solutions incorporating multiple variable speed drives, servos, and robotics.

Guy Black said: “Iconsys has had a strong relationship with Telford College for close to 14 years.

“Over this period we have had numerous electrical engineering apprentices join at entry level and successfully develop and progress to HNC level with the help of the college.

“It’s important to an organisation such as iconsys that we continue to nurture our apprentices and give them every opportunity to learn and better their engineering experience.

“We look forward to working in partnership with Telford College for many years to come.”


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