CNC Machines announces first recipient of
Veteran to Machinist scholarship
Sanford, Fla.-based CNC Machines
has chosen Kevin Bruffet, Orlando,
Fla., to receive its first Veteran to
Machinist scholarship. The used
CNC machine dealer established
the scholarship program to support
both the U.S. manufacturing industry and veterans returning to civilian
life who want to start new careers.
Bruffet is a U.S. Army veteran of
Operation Enduring Freedom and
recipient of the Purple Heart and
several other awards and commendations. During his training and two-year deployment to Afghanistan, Bruffet missed the birth of one of his
children and suffered life-altering injuries after his vehicle struck an IED,
leaving him with a traumatic brain injury, ruptured discs, and neurological
damage that forced him to take a medical retirement.
The husband and father of four attends the Valencia Advanced Manufacturing Training Center in Kissimmee, Fla. He is enrolled in the center’s
mechatronics program, which provides training and certification in mechanical operations and systems, industrial electricity and electronics,
power fluids, and PLCs. Local manufacturers work with the school to hire
students who acquire the transferrable skills for their organizations.
One-third of manufacturers aim to improve
operations using IoT, says study
Troy, Mich.-based Plex Systems, a provider of cloud ERP and MES for manufacturing, has announced the results of its annual “State of Manufacturing Technology” survey, which measures global manufacturers’ current
technology use and future implementation and adoption plans.
This year’s survey shows that automation, integration, and connectivity
are among the most important goals for the next five years, with 60 percent of manufacturers planning to use technology to enhance plant floor
integration and automation; 48 percent intending to increase business
process automation; and another third working to increase both plant/en-terprise integration and supply chain connectivity.
A third of respondents said they plan to use the industrial internet of
things (IIo T) within the next five years, a 20 percent increase from last
year’s survey. Outside of adoption plans, there was a general increase in
confidence in IIo T, with 95 percent believing that it’s not “hype,” a 7 percent increase from 2017. This reflects overall market expectations, with
the manufacturing industry expected to be the No. 1 industry to capitalize
on Io T, according to the McKinsey Global Institute.
Creating a mobile workforce is a priority for today’s manufacturers, with
80 percent currently using consumer mobile devices in their manufacturing operations. Another 84 percent are using hand-held scanners today.
The shop floor also is increasingly connected to manufacturers’ systems
of record, with 38 percent using IP-enabled tools and machines, 29 percent
leveraging sensors, and 21 percent using Bluetooth devices.
The use of on-premise technology has dropped by 21 percent in the last
three years, and 87 percent of manufacturers that use a cloud-based system of record are confident in their organization’s future revenue growth,
compared to just 66 percent confidence among their peers.
To download the report, visit https://www.plex.com/resources/white-paper/ state-of-manufacturing-technology-2019.html.
(From left) Joe Lamberty, assistant
director of the Advanced Manufacturing
Training Center; Kevin Bruffet, scholarship
recipient and U.S. Army veteran; Curt
Doherty, CEO; and David Wilkes, lead
technician and U.S. Army veteran.