Todayís modern manufacturing environments have a lot more in common with a high tech operating room than the poorly lit, greasy, dirty manufacturing plants of 30-50 years ago. When touring a modern plant, most people are amazed by the technology and efficiency that advanced, automated manufacturing has achieved.
Modern manufacturing lines are computer controlled and consist of electrical, pneumatic, hydraulic, robotic and PLC (Programmable Logic Controller) components. These automated systems bring a high level of efficiency to the manufacturing environment, however, when they malfunction, the downtime can cost thousands of dollars per hour. To combat these costly lapses, it is vital to employ technicians who are fluent in these disciplines (Electrical, Mechanical, Hydraulic/Pneumatic, PLC, Robotics, and Machine Tool Technology).
These technicians are responsible for keeping the modern manufacturing line functioning fluidly, and when that is not possible, assisting with the needed repairs to restore the equipment to peak performance as quickly as possible.