What exactly is advanced manufacturing?
When I originally heard this term several years ago, I immediately envisioned factories full of robots and saw vague images of an assembly line run by human-less worker bees. As the picture formed in my mind, I imagined advanced manufacturing processes reminiscent of the Ford assembly line photos from my high school textbooks.
I know I am not alone in this vision because when I pose the question above to others, very few can clearly articulate the difference between traditional manufacturing and advanced manufacturing. So, let’s take a look at a facility right here in Hancock County that is a true pioneer in this field.
I recently visited Genesis Plastics Welding (GPW), a remarkable example in our own backyard of exactly what advanced manufacturing is, and most importantly, what it is not.