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2018 Annual HTEC CNC Conference in Danville

Last week, Danville Community College hosted the 2018 Annual HTEC CNC Conference in Danville, Virginia.

Following this year's theme of "Partnerships that Transform," the conference enabled students, educators, and companies to interact and network with one another. The event featured educational workshops and industry panel discussions as well as evening activities.


Photo from the IALR (Institute for Advanced Learning and Research)

This year's conference was one for the record books as 124 educators participated from 88 schools. Joann Mitchell, Bijal Patel, and Rob Page were in attendance to represent Sandvik Coromant. Together they presented "The Connected Machine Shop: Building the Digital Thread" in a conference geared towards the future of manufacturing.

During the presentation, Bijal Patel discussed the changes in machining technology that are impacting manufacturing now, and how the ability to digitally and remotely monitor, maintain, and adjust machining functions will affect the manufacturing industry and the education for it. Rob Page then took educators and students through Sandvik Coromant's complimentary digital learning program, eMCT, and covered its corresponding changes. "The education that Danville Community College and the Gene Haas Center for Integrated Manufacturing provides to students builds sustainable communities. The students in these programs learn marketable skills in advanced high technology manufacturing" says Sr. Project Leader, Joann Mitchell.


Mastercam Junior Engineer, Amanda, machining one of Sandvik Coromant's workpieces.

Participating in educational programs and networking conferences is one of Sandvik Coromant's core values. "We know that our best innovators and colleagues come with both practical skills and a sound education. Sandvik Coromant has been part of the HTEC program since it started and we have been partners here at Danville Community College in this education area for close to twenty years."

Sandvik Coromant sees value in educating students on the vitality of the manufacturing industry and is proud to be in support of training programs and conferences such as this HTEC CNC Conference in Danville.


Rob Page with Junior Engineer, Dylan, in the Gene Haas Building.

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