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High Demands in Automation Technicians: Trends and Opportunities

August 18, 2023
Technician checking production line

Unless you’ve lived under a rock, you’re likely aware that many industries, especially manufacturing, increasingly rely on automation technologies. And while many workers fear the encroachment of automation on their livelihoods, the consensus is that automation will create new, lucrative roles for displaced workers to transition into. A technician will be needed for every robotic arm, light sensor, or system driven by automation to ensure things operate as they should.

Beyond the Conveyor Belt: Exploring Assembly Line Automation

June 14, 2023
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If you were to stop and think of assembly line automation, images of an endless line of products thrumming along a series of conveyors will likely come to mind. And while conveyor systems are an integral part of any autonomous assembly line, they are but one important cog in an equally important wheel.

Workplace & Safety Practices for Automation?

January 26, 2023
Technician working with robotic arm

Industrial automation technology has earned a spot in the annals of history as being the driving force in unprecedented levels of productivity, efficiency, and quality. Perhaps automation’s greatest contribution, however, has been advancements in worker safety, which has seen commensurate progress the more widely adopted automation technologies become.

In this article, we’ll examine the relationship between automation technologies and workplace safety.

The Advantages of Block Diagrams in Industrial Process Controls

January 17, 2023
3D flow chart

Whether you’re designing a new system or making improvements to an existing one, a block diagram is a great tool to leverage when communicating a high-level overview of the relationship between the system’s various major components and processes. While block diagrams may not include everything in a system down to the smallest circuit, they are a valuable resource when designing industrial process control systems.

How Mathematics & Physics are Used in Motion Control

December 21, 2022
artificial intelligence machine

When we consider the sophisticated machinery that’s used in the manufacturing sector, several things come to mind. The first, is that the machinery needs to be able to perform tasks consistently, efficiently, and above all, safely. While all three of these things must be achieved before the equipment can be sold, none of them can be done without two subjects: mathematics and physics.

GBCTechTraining 2022-2023 Holiday Hours

December 14, 2022
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With the holiday season quickly approaching, we wanted to update you on how the holiday break will impact our GBCTechTraining technical, tutorial, and administrative support. 

Office hours 

The Student Support Center will be closed from Friday, December 23, 2022, to Monday, January 2, 2023.

Variable Frequency Drives: Basics and Common Applications of VFDs

October 05, 2022
VFD Machine connected to a PLC

Electric motors are used in multiple applications of our everyday lives but require the right amount of electrical energy to provide optimal torque and speed. To control these motors, Variable Frequency Devices (VFD), are used to convert AC current into DC current from the power supply. In this article we will look at how these devices work, and how they are important