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Women In STEP: Why Women Should Pursue Careers in Manufacturing

March 20, 2018

STEM (which is stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) is becoming a buzzword nowadays. But what about STEP? As part of an initiative to promote women in manufacturing, The Manufacturing Institute launched the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Production (STEP) Ahead Initiative in 2012 to showcase notable women in the industry.

Motion-Control and Robots Are Not the Same: Here’s an Explanation

March 14, 2018

Many people associate the term automation with robots, but it’s not always the case. Similar to how there are various types of pasta, there are different kinds of automation systems; this includes motion control and robotics system. These machines make our lives easier by completing repetitive tasks without human assistance, and are often found in the manufacturing industries. While they both may perform similar tasks, operating them is another story. Below are the differences between these two types of systems.

What Is a PLC Programmer?

December 19, 2017

Since the second half of the twenty-first century, mechanization and automation has turned the industrial world on its head. Today, most industrial machines operate thanks to the existence of PLCs, or Programmable Logic Controllers. It’s the true brain of many modern factories, controlling machinery and allowing an electronic technician with PLC training to start troubleshooting machines as soon as a problem detected.

What Defines 21st Century Manufacturing?

September 29, 2017

The assembly line reigned as the leading form of manufacturing for over a century, but these days, the era of assembly lines is becoming obsolete. Manufacturing is heading in a new direction, with the use of robotics as the future wave of production. Of course, the reality of robots in production lines is far different from what most people picture. The robots won’t look like those seen in movies --or at least, not for a very long time.

Module Exemptions between the PLC and PLC Technician II Programs

July 24, 2017

The PLC Technician Certificate programs at GBCtechtraining, share a common core  of 7 modules. What does that mean for you? It means that there will be module exemptions and savings for you if you take both. Once you complete one PLC program, credit for exemptions will apply to the second PLC program; saving you close to $500 in tuition on your second credential.

Catching Wind on Career Change: Turbine Maintenance and SCADA and PLC Control Systems

May 30, 2017

Making a career change is no easy task, but for those who are interested in working with technologies such as a PLC or SCADA systems, the renewable energies sector may be something worth examining. For instance, wind energy is growing by leaps and bounds in Canada and around the world, becoming a reliable and cost-competitive source of electricity for homes and businesses everywhere.

PLC Programming Outside the Factory

May 17, 2017

Machines are taking over the workplace. Namely, automation is coming to businesses of all kinds, large and small. By 2025, approximately 1.2 million machines will be used to carry out a variety of tasks in the United States. During that time, an additional 25 percent of all tasks in manufacturing that can be automated will be. As prices decrease and machines become smaller and easier to use, they will be widely deployed, some of them in places where humans once stood. In the next eight years, 22 percent of human workers in the manufacturing industry will be replaced with machines. And that’s just the beginning.