The Balluff Automation-In-Action demo van visited seven universities and colleges in five days during the week of April 11th 2016. Balluff’s demo van is a mobile tradeshow demonstrating a variety of automation applications across many different technologies and industries.
The Balluff Automation-In-Action demo van stopped for several hours at different Engineering and Technology schools in Kentucky, Ohio, and Indiana to give students the opportunity to learn about automation technologies and industries. Over 175 students from Gateway Community & Technical College, Northern Kentucky University, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati State, University of Dayton, Central State University and Purdue University participated in this event.
Students were encouraged to get hands-on with live demos, ask questions, and see how sensors, actuators, industrial networks and RFID technologies are used to make manufacturers more successful with automation.
Recent college graduate Joshua Rodgers, Technical Sales Trainee at Balluff Inc., provided tours to students during the Automation-In-Action college week. “Usually, this vehicle is displayed to engineers in the industry that have extensive experience in the automation world,” stated Rodgers, who also takes the demo van to factory sites.
“We strongly believe in the importance of supporting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) programs and activities; especially those that encourage students to enter manufacturing and automation careers,” says Will Healy III, Strategic Marketing Manager at Balluff in Florence, KY. “Events like a visit from our demo van can be the spark that creates an interest and a passion for automation and manufacturing with STEM students.”
Balluff supports several STEM initiatives for students in the local community, provides career opportunity tours for high schools, participates in MFGDAY events each year 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.