Balluff hosts 200 students and community members for Manufacturing Day

  • October 11, 2016
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October 10, 2016 - Balluff hosted its second annual Manufacturing Day event on October 7, 2016. Over 200 students and local community members attended the event to learn more about modern manufacturing and automation.

The event included several popular hands-on activities and games which provided first-hand experience for kids and adults to learn how sensors and automation work to improve manufacturing outcomes. Visitors also experienced automation in action firsthand in the Balluff Demo Van equipped with the latest automation solutions and toured Balluff's semi-automated warehouse and electronic assembly facility.

"As a part of the manufacturing industry we struggle and we see our customers struggle with a growing skills gap," states Will Healy III, Strategic Marketing Manager for Balluff. "By 2025 Deloitte & the Manufacturing Institute predict there will be a two million job skills gap in the manufacturing workforce due to multiple factors including baby boomer retirements, strength of the economy, attractiveness of industry and increase in skilled positions," Healy adds. Shannan Topolski attended the event and shared, "It was educational, informative, and fun!  The best of Manufacturing Day was my son being able to experience first-hand the importance of STEM."  

"Our purpose in hosting this visit is to help share the wonders of advanced manufacturing technologies and educate students on the possible career opportunities available in the manufacturing market," explains Tony Canonaco, President and CEO of Balluff. "We hope everyone that attended walked away with an understanding of how important manufacturing is for the people of the US and especially for our home state of Kentucky."

Balluff supports several other 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.

Manufacturing Day has become a national collective effort for manufacturers, employers, and educators to open their doors and demonstrate modern manufacturing technology. The event is also a way for manufacturers to define the many opportunities that exist in today's manufacturing environments and why more individuals should consider pathways into manufacturing careers.

About Balluff

Balluff is a manufacturer of a wide range of inductive, photoelectric, vision, capacitive and magnetic sensors as well as linear position transducers, RFID systems, and networking products.  Balluff products for OEM and factory floor solutions are used to control, regulate, automate, assemble, position, and monitor manufacturing, assembly, and packaging sequences for industries including: metalworking, automotive

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