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Automation Technicians in Action: What Does the Job Entail?

May 05, 2019
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Automation technicians are the human brains behind the machines. They are responsible for keeping automated machines running smoothly and efficiently, and deal with any problems should they arise either in the programming or in the machine itself.

How Much Do Automation Technicians Make?

April 02, 2019
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Industrial automation control systems have surged in use with the Fourth Industrial Revolution, or Industry 4.0, as manufacturers begin integrating advanced automation technologies to improve equipment and labour efficiencies. One of the current challenges the industrial automation industry faces is a shortage of skilled and experienced automation technicians to fill in-demand positions.

Why the Smart Factory is Paying Dividends for Early Adapters

March 05, 2019
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Smart factories and increased automation are providing manufacturers with a modern solution so that they can drive their innovations faster, whether to reduce waste, lower energy use and/or address worker shortages. The fourth industrial revolution, or Industry 4.0, is all about automated systems that can connect to each other and exchange data to accomplish such needs and goals. Here’s how and why early adapters are already seeing the benefits of this new world order in manufacturing.

Is GBC’s Automation Technician Program Right For You?

November 01, 2018
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In the past few decades, automation has rapidly disrupted and changed industries by redefining responsibilities of existing jobs, and introduced new fields and roles. For example, consider the evolution of Amazon’s warehouses—self-organizing robotic shelves now work with workers to fulfil a high volume of orders quickly and efficiently for rapid delivery, which would not have been possible decades ago!

Why Virtual Commissioning is the Future of Development for Automated Systems

September 17, 2018
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A virtual commissioning is one of the most exciting new developments in the world of automation. It allows the full testing of automated systems, virtually saving time and money in the implementation process. Here’s an overview of virtual commissioning and why it’s the future of development for manufacturers using automated systems.

How Open Source Systems are Changing the Manufacturing Industry

August 31, 2018
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Open source systems have been around in the world of computing for quite some time, but have been slow to impact industrial automation. Open source systems allow for greater standardization and integration of automated systems, making their implementation easier and more affordable. Below is an introduction to open source software and some of the ways its having an impact in the manufacturing industry.

The Difference Between a Certificate and Certification

June 20, 2018
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Two commonly misunderstood types of training are certificates and certifications. Both provide important value, but are quite different in terms of purpose, content, oversight and commitment required to complete them. Selecting the right training will ultimately increase your hire ability and/or value to your employer.