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Manufacturing Automation: Connected classrooms: Cyber-physical labs advance Industry 4.0 careers

In order to prepare college students for high-tech industrial careers, you have to bring the technology to them

July 21, 2021  by Manufacturing Automation

The CP Factory at Humber College. Photo: Festo/Humber College

Today’s digital economy requires a new approach to technical job training.

In order to prepare college students for high-tech industrial careers, you have to bring the technology to them. That’s easier said than done for most schools, however. The key is to start small, start now and scale up over time.

In 2018, Festo Didactic embarked on a five-year workforce development training program with Humber College in Toronto. This partnership marked the first installation of a cyber-physical (CP) factory outside Quebec.

Festo’s CP Factory, housed in the Barrett Centre for Technology Innovation, is a comprehensive and expandable smart factory model that allows students and instructors to engage in industrial simulations using cutting-edge technology that supports experiential learning in production, logistics and quality assurance.

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