Wow! Talk about a fun, energizing and educational event for employees, students and the community. Balluff just completed our first year participating in Manufacturing Day as a host company. We had over 100 students, kids, parents, teachers, customers and retirees visit our facility over 6 hours during a rainy Friday. We ran tours every hour that consisted of a hands-on lab that taught the difference between manual and automated processes, tours of our production and warehouse facility and a review of how automation is used in a variety of industries.During any downtime the participants could also visit our newly constructed Automation in Action Demo Van (Twitter: @balluffbus) and learn about how sensor technologies support automation in manufacturing.
The high school students that visited loved the hands on applications and asked questions with an engaging and excited spirit that was inspiring. We engaged with some home schooling groups and had a great turnout from those folks as well. I loved how eager all the kids were to learn about sensors and automation. Even the big kids found value and inspiration. The posts on the Balluff facebook page I believe say it all:
Thank you guys so much for the tour! We had fun and learned a lot. The kids have been playing make believe with sensors and their badges since we got home.
Thank you for the wonderful tour! My husband and I really enjoyed it! It’s nice seeing the mechanics behind the some of the equipment that we’ve used in the chemical industry and manufacturing processes!
But the best part of this event was how inspiring it was to our employees. Both those giving the tours, participating at the signup table or hands-on labs and even those who were not direct participants. Everyone was so proud and excited to share with the community our passion for automation and how committed we are to our customer’s success. Manufacturing is a great industry, with great opportunities and its great to share that spark with others.
Thank you to everyone who attended, participated in and supported this great event! You can see more photos from the event on our Flickr page.