TRAVERSE CITY — Know-how discuss solely goes to this point.
Greater than 38 producers representing 28 totally different corporations are scheduled to attend the Business 4.0 Know-how Showcase at Northwestern Michigan Faculty’s Parsons-Stulen Constructing. The occasion is scheduled for Thursday from September 11 a.m.
Collaborative robots, good sensors and 3-D printers can be a number of the expertise 40 contributors will be capable to work together with on the occasion.
“It’s going to be an important alternative for our trade companions to see the expertise first-hand,” stated Jason Slade, the director of NMC’s technical division. “They’ve heard us discuss it. However to see it, contact it and demo it will likely be vital.”
“We’re actually excited to get our manufacturing companions right here to allow them to study and collaborate,” stated Betsy Williams, senior enterprise improvement advisor with the Michigan Manufacturing Know-how Heart in Traverse Metropolis.
The Business 4.0 Know-how Showcase is a partnership with Networks Northwest, NMC and the MMTC. It was made potential by a $150,000 grant from the Michigan Financial Improvement Company to Networks Northwest.
Slade, who on Dec. 1 will turn out to be NMC’s vp of strategic initiatives, stated the Nov. 11 occasion is the “outreach piece for the grant.” The second a part of the grant will replace NMC’s manufacturing lab.
Mike O’Connor, technical teacher at NMC, stated the lab has already acquired a collaborative robotic and is awaiting supply of a pc numerical management mill as a part of the upgrades.
The up to date lab will permit native producers to obtain coaching on the up to date expertise and procure trade credentials. Producers may even be capable to use the lab to do assessments and obtain suggestions.
Slade and Williams stated manufacturing technological developments are much more essential because the trade offers with labor shortages. Slade stated Business 4.0 is all about opening up “higher expert jobs” within the area.
“Business 4.0 and new expertise can actually assist us within the manufacturing world,” Williams stated.
“It might additionally assist with enhancing efficiencies,” Slade stated.
After the two-hour showcase, NMC college students and people from the Engineering Academy on the Northwest Schooling Providers Profession-Tech Heart could have entry to the identical demonstrations from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Whereas demonstrations can be featured over discussions on the Business 4.0 Know-how Showcase, Chuck Werner is scheduled to symbolize the MMTC workplace in Plymouth on the occasion. Werner is the supervisor of operational excellence at MMTC and is a a Lean Six Sigma Grasp Black Belt.
Lean Six Sigma is “a course of enchancment methodology designed to get rid of issues, take away waste and inefficiency, and enhance working circumstances to offer a greater response to prospects’ wants,” in accordance with goskills.com.
“It’s all about steady enchancment,” Williams stated. “This man actually is aware of his stuff.”
With the Business 4.0 Know-how Showcase falling on Veteran’s Day, the occasion will function a singing of the nationwide anthem by NMC pupil Bailey Noble. There additionally can be different patriotic shows as a part of the showcase, Williams stated.
“Quite a lot of veterans are in manufacturing,” she stated. “However it’s vital to all of us anyway.”