Robotics for Career Development

Production Development Systems is a small industrial automation producer in Sandusky. They are a very agile and innovative company, with a visionary leader who is keenly aware of trends and opportunities in the marketplace. To these ends, PDS has recently become a certified Fanuc Integrator, meaning they are licensed to include Fanuc branded robots in their designs. Fanuc is a world leader in the industrial robotics field, and a Southeast Michigan based company. 

Production Development Systems employs highly skilled Technicians, Designers, and Engineers; paying some of the best salaries in the region. But, to remain in this field, they must consistently stay abreast of technological advances. As a newly certified Fanuc integrator, PDS needed to quickly orient their technicians to the programming of Fanuc Robots. 

At this time, the Croswell / Lexington School District was opening the Great Lakes Advanced Manufacturing Collaborative, which is a Fanuc Certified training center in robotics and CNC machining. I facilitated the introduction of PDS and Cros/Lex, which led to GLAMC providing their first training course on-site at PDS. Fanuc partnered with this effort, by providing a training robot. Production Development Systems trained four of their technicians/engineers in Fanuc Robot Basic Operations, which we have reimbursed the cost, through the Advance Michigan Catalyst program. We also trained an additional older youth through WIOA. He had an immediate job offer with Advanced Auto Trends, but he has chosen to seek other opportunities. 

This project not only assisted a local company with their training needs but also assisted a new Fanuc Certified Advanced Manufacturing Training Center to open in Sanilac County.