Creativity, teamwork, discovery.
These terms define the national Manufacturing Day (MFG Day), held annually on the first Friday in October, with engaging events that continue throughout the month. The mission of MFG Day is to enable manufacturing companies and educational institutions to come together and inspire the next generation of talent to learn more about the modern manufacturing industry and discover the career opportunities therein.
This year, MFG Day will be held virtually, with digital events geared toward students, parents, teachers, and community leaders. An initiative of The Manufacturing Institute, with the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association as a founding member, MFG Day will put a spotlight on some of the most impactful work being done in response to the COVID-19 pandemic while raising awareness for the many opportunities available today in the modern manufacturing industry.
MFG Day 2020 will directly address this critical moment for the manufacturing industry by showcasing manufacturers’ response to the pandemic. Participants will have a chance to experience what is taking place on shop floors to keep businesses up and running while ensuring employee safety, as well as to better understand how manufacturing creators respond in times of crisis, whether that means making test kits or personal protective equipment, developing medicines and vaccines, and more. Alongside the important work undertaken by manufacturers, students will see how technologies like artificial intelligence, 3D printing, and augmented reality play a crucial role in modern manufacturing, especially in light of new challenges posed by COVID-19.
Core to the mission of MFG Day is to virtually showcase how creators can make a big impact on the future of manufacturing. On Friday, October 2nd, PTC President & CEO Jim Heppelmann will help kick off the anchor event of MFG Day, Creators Wanted: A Program for America's Students, along with executives from Salesforce and Rockwell Automation. Heppelmann will announce PTC’s Smart MFG 2 App, which brings MFG Day to life via phone or tablet. Through the app, participants can build and launch a drone in augmented reality, allowing them to explore the drone design process and tour a virtual manufacturing plant filled with cutting-edge technology.
To that end, Rockwell Automation Chairman & CEO Blake Moret will also present at the October 2nd MFG Day kick-off event, providing a virtual plant tour of the company’s facilities. On Monday, October 5th, Heppelmann will once again take center stage for Creators Wanted: A Program for America’s Students, followed by an introduction to PTC’s Corporate Experience Center (CXC) a virtual CXC tour.
The national MFG Day opens up a world of possibility for the next generation of manufacturers and drives interest in modern manufacturing. It’s an opportunity to learn, collaborate, and bolster the strength of modern manufacturing for many years to come!