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February 2015 Tech Bytes


6 Key Predictions For Manufacturing in 2015

The face of manufacturing in America has undergone more woeful changes than many of us in the industry care to remember. However, there’s good news to share. The lower costs associated with reshoring are driving more local manufacturing activity; technological developments are drastically changing the way plants operate; and capital investments are on the rise.

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3D Printed Electronic Circuit Boards

Helping his son with a school project led Michael Toutonghi to invent a 3D printing medium that conducts electricity and can print plastic circuit boards.

2015 Manufacturing Outlook: Q&A With Cliff Waldman

What will be the biggest manufacturing trends for 2015? sat down with Cliff Waldman, Director of Economic Studies from the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation Foundation to discuss the U.S. economy, manufacturing technologies, and more.
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Educators want better tools to teach skilled trades: CAF report
A report by the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAF-FCA) suggests that with 91 per cent of educators convinced skilled tradespeople will always be in demand, there is a strong case for connecting students to hands-on activities and accurate employment data
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Two PLC programs: which one is right for you

George Brown College offers two PLC programs; PLC Technician and PLC Technician II. Both programs provide a complete technical introduction to PLCs, while providing the practical knowledge and skills that are needed to take to work and apply right away. And both provide a self-paced distance education alternative to students who cannot attend the traditional college environment on a full or part-time basis.

The cornerstone of these programs is the simulation software, which is fully integrated within the learning material and bridges the gap between theoretical and practical usage.  The main difference between the programs is the type of PLC simulator that is used for the lab and theory parts of the course material. The PLC Technician program uses LogixPro, a simulator based on RSLogix 500.  The PLC Technician II program is based on the more complex tag-based RSLogix 5000 PLC software, using the PLCLogix simulator.  In addition PLCLogix also includes 10 interactive 3D animations or “3DWorlds” which emulate a wide range of manufacturing and service applications.

We recommend taking the first PLC program if you have no background in PLCs - but it is not a prerequisite for PLC II. PLC II can be completed without taking the first PLC program however it is more challenging to learn since it uses tag-based addressing versus traditional IO addressing found in most other PLCs.  To really understand PLCs it is helpful to understand both methods of I/O addressing; traditional and tag-based, since both are very popular in industry.

Call a Program Advisor toll-free, at 1-888-553-5333, to help you decide which PLC program is best for you. Or click here for more information


Name: Roger Allan Jackson
Program: Electronics Technician Certificate

Roger needed “a solid understanding of the fundamentals of Electronics to help in the creation of my interactive artwork” and found the Electronics Technician program was a perfect fit.

“I was most attracted to the self-paced nature of the program. I am self-motivated and was able to schedule my time to work on the course material at a pace I was comfortable with. “

“The Student Forums were extremely helpful and I always reviewed the additional online material before attempting each Module. I was able to see the issues other students encountered and the solutions that were presented to them. ..  I ran into very few problems by doing this.”

“I have learned quite a bit in program that will help me going forward and now plan on enrolling into the Electromechanical Technician program.”