July Tech Bytes


Can US Manufacturing Move From Faxes to Robots?
Nestled in the cavernous former site of Republic Windows, where over 200 workers staged a sit-down strike in 2008 to protest against the window manufacturer's decision to shut the plant, around three dozen people are working on an initiative that could transform the future of US manufacturing. Click here for full story
Reshoring Initiative Encourages American Manufacturing
Harry Moser, the former president of machine tool company GF AgieCharmilles, is on a mission to bring manufacturing back to the United States. Click here for full story

Robotic Tools Understand What You Want to Do, Help You Do It
The idea of robots that are “collaborative” is usually about robots that are safe for humans to work next to. Sometimes, a collaborative robot might assist a human by performing one step of a task while a human performs another step of the same task. What’s a bit more unusual are robots that are collaborative. Click here for full story

Underestimating the True Cost of College
Financial aid awards can be compromised by flawed student surveys of cost of living

How much does it cost to live in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania? According to Drexel University, students who don’t live on campus should budget $18,365 for their living expenses over a nine-month academic year. But Peirce College says it costs only $7,790 for housing, food, transportation, healthcare and other personal expenses, such as clothing. That’s a $10,575 difference in the same city, where both campuses are connected to the city’s public transportation network. Click here for details
Vocational degrees that pay off
Some one-year certificates lead to double-digit wage gains, and some don't.
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Name: Dave David
Program: PLC Technician

Dave DavidDave David  has recently been promoted to Automation Engineer and is a member of the automation team at Ventra Evart, a plastic injection molding company.

Dave understands the importance of maintaining his skills and staying current with the changes on the factory floor, “Ventra Evart has a large number of robotics from painting, to picking, to trimming and flaming. As a Robot Operator I needed to know how they all worked and began searching schools to find a program that would best suit my needs.  I have a family and I needed to find a school that was not going to tie me down and give me the flexibility to work on it when I have time.”

While he first worked as a “fabricator for their end of arm tools, buck holders, ati hook-ups conveyors” Dave is “now is in the R&D garage with two robots to simulate a real cell, teach pendants to program them, a flamer and a PLC cabinet.” His day to day responsibilities haven’t changed yet, however Dave knows with his recent promotion “the company sees my potential and will see changes soon.”

Dave found the program “challenging and intriguing! I like to learn new things and enjoyed the interactive nature of the program… especially helpful were the practice tests which were useful to identify problem areas that I needed to spend more time on. I think that is what helped the most.”.