Manufacturers Resource Center to host advanced manufacturing event
One-day event will feature experts, demonstrations for area manufacturers.
The Manufacturers Resource Center will host an advanced manufacturing technology show on Thursday, April 20. This photo shows the use of advanced technology in the manufacturing process. (PHOTO COURTESY THE MANUFACTURERS RESOURCE CENTER)
The Manufacturers Resource Center is hosting an advanced manufacturing technology show on Thursday, April 20, that is designed to provide information to manufacturers about advances in manufacturing and how those advances can be applied to their individual plants and offices.
The event is being held at the Delta Hotel by Marriott, 7736 Adrienne Drive, in Upper Macungie Township, Lehigh County, from 8:30 a.m. to noon. It will feature remarks from leading experts in advanced technology as well as demonstrations.
According to MRC spokeswoman Pat Felise, 22 exhibitors have signed up to feature their technology demonstrations and answer questions for attendees.
The event aims to give manufacturers the opportunity to explore industrial innovation and experience live technology demonstrations that solve problems, according to information provided by the MRC.
This is the first time the center is hosting such an event, according to Felise, who added in an email that since the COVID-19 pandemic, manufacturers are thinking more seriously about automation and efficiencies.
The event will feature remarks from MRC President and CEO Richard Hobbs; Shawn Furman, MRC advanced manufacturing technology strategy manager, who will address “Making the Leap of Faith to Invest in AMT;” and Gene Kaschak, MRC vice president of continuous improvement & leadership development strategy who will speak about “Applying Lean to AMT investments.”
Felise said several of the exhibitors will address the audience. Michael Unmann of Pure Precisions will speak to “OEE — Doing Data Collection Right the First Time” with software tools to optimize Overall Equipment Efficiency of precision machine operations. Also on the agenda is Vivek Kumar of Teamforce AI to speak about ”Shop Floor Employee Feedback” and the deskless workforce talent engagement platform with which businesses can engage.
In the emailed response, MRC officials said they are holding this event because technology drives innovation. Augmenting their processes with technology helps manufacturers “realize more efficient operations and produce better quality goods cheaper and faster to become more competitive.”
Because the center’s outreach is to small- and medium-sized manufacturers, exhibitors will showcase technologies that apply to the needs of such firms as well as larger companies.
The MRC says this show will offer information that can be used across the manufacturing organization, including safety, quality, operations, maintenance, continuous improvement, engineering, and human resources.
“This is an event to explore innovation and improve business processes,” the center said — whether it’s looking for a particular manufacturing technology to solve an issue, looking for a new vendor to better meet their needs, or looking for ways to improve their company.
Registration is required to guarantee a seat. To register visit www.mrcpa.org/events The cost is $50 per person or $300 for a table of eight. The price includes meals and beverages. Seating for walk-ins cannot be guaranteed.
The MRC serves manufacturers in Berks, Carbon, Lehigh, Northampton and Schuylkill counties to help them enhance productivity and technological advancements, according to the organization.
MRC is part of the National Institute of Standards and Technology Manufacturing Extension Partnership, a national network of NIST MEP Centers in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. MRC is also a member of the Manufacturing PA Initiative that includes seven Industrial Resource Centers across the commonwealth that serve the needs of small and medium manufacturers throughout Pennsylvania. Delaware and Montgomery County manufacturers are served by the Delaware Valley Industrial Resource Center (www.dvirc.org.)
Donna Rovins| Business Editor
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