Serving the youth
By Canadian Packaging staffGeneral Controls/Drives Balluff GmbH Balluff Inc. Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership International Manufacturing Day 2015 Manufacturing Institute National Association of Manufacturers National Institute of Standards and Technology
Balluff hosted a Manufacturing Day event for students and community.
FLORENCE, KY—In celebration of Manufacturing Day 2015, Balluff Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of Balluff GmbH, Neuhausen, Germany, opened the doors at its Florence, Kentucky facility October 2, 2015 to more than 100 students and community members.
The gesture was part of an effort to change perceptions about today’s manufacturing environment and draw attention to the outstanding opportunities that a career in manufacturing can provide.
The event included several hands-on sensor learning labs, tours of the facility, and product and technology demonstrations. Students also experienced automation in action firsthand in the new Balluff Demo Van equipped with the latest automation solutions.
“We were excited to participate in our first Manufacturing Day Event and invite local students to see how manufacturing plays an important role in our community,” states Baluff strategic marketing manager Will Healy III.
“Looking to the future of manufacturing, we need skilled and excited people for automation. This demands that we encourage and invest in manufacturing events in our community and STEM programs at schools to help develop the next generation,” he continues.
Manufacturing Day is an annual U.S. national event executed at the local level supported by thousands of manufacturers as they host students, teachers, parents, job seekers and other local community members at open houses, plant tours and presentations designed to showcase modern manufacturing technology and careers.
Manufacturing Day is co-produced by the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA), the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the Manufacturing Institute (MI), the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), and guest producer Industrial Strength Marketing (ISM).
Balluff supports several science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) initiatives for students in the local community and participates in TECHFIT (Teaching Engineering Concepts to Harness Future Innovators and Technologists) programs at Purdue University and The College of Charleston. Balluff also supports educational opportunities with their student co-op programs, partnering with several local colleges and universities.
Balluff is a leading manufacturer of a wide range of inductive, photoelectric, vision, capacitive and magnetic sensors as well as linear position transducers, RFID (radio frequency identification) systems and networking products. Balluff products for OEM (original equipment manufacturers) and factory floor solutions are used to control, regulate, automate, assemble, position and monitor manufacturing, assembly and packaging sequences for industries including: metalworking, automotive, plastics, material handling, wood processing, aerospace, alternative energy, medical, electrical and electronics.
More information on Balluff can be found at www.balluff.us.
More information on Manufacturing Day is available at www.mfgday.com.