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MFG Day becomes MFG Month for Sandvik Coromant

Why limit a good thing to just one day? Throughout the month of October, we welcomed students to learn more about manufacturing.

Sandvik Coromant has been proud to participate in national MFG Day since 2013. With a focus on skills training, workforce development and internship programs, Yellowcoats from Sandvik Coromant met with students at our educational partners and in our Centers and Production Units in the month of October to introduce students to modern manufacturing.

​Educational Partners

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), Troy, NY

Sandvik Coromant participated in RPI's 8th Annual National Manufacturing Day on Friday, October 25, 2019. RPI is one of the premier engineering schools in the US and we are proud to partner with them as part of our commitment to building the next generation of innovators. Happy to support this hands-on advanced manufacturing initiative, Sales Engineer, Dayne Mosconi spoke with close to 100 high school students to talk about high technology manufacturing education.

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Southwestern Illinois College (SWIC), Granite City, IL

Sales Engineer, Jay Stephens, was at the MFG Day event at Southwestern Illinois College (SWIC) in Granite City, IL, where over 1,700 students from 43 area high schools, instructors, and guidance counselors heard from guest speakers, toured exhibitors from local businesses and manufacturers and learned more about the SWIC manufacturing programs. SWIC has been participating in MFG Day for seven years and Sandvik Coromant has been proud to support them every year. 

This year's SWIC guest speakers included someone from the Gene Haas Foundation (along with a $20k donation), successful alumni, and other enthusiastic partnering organizations.

Sandvik Coromant Production Units (PUs)

Sandvik Coromant Production Units (PU) offer students an excellent opportunity to get a real-world view of modern manufacturing. Our US facilities in Spanish Fork, UT, Westminster and Greer, SC and Mebane, NC manufacture tooling such as inserts, indexable drills, solid carbide drills and end mills.  Here are how some of the PU's participated in MFG Day.

Spanish Fork, UT

Adam and Samuel, students and interns from Göranssonska Skolan, a technical secondary school in Sandviken, Sweden that includes work-based training as part of their curriculum  worked with Ken and Alex on outer diameter grinding at our Spanish Fork, UT Production Unit on MFG Day 2019.

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Greer, SC

The Greer Production Unit had seven different student groups tour the facility. Very active in the local community, the team at Greer also participates in career days with Bonds and Enoree Career Centers through Greenville County Schools. For MFG Day 2019, kids on the tour donned safety vests and glasses to see modern manufacturing in action.

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Westminster, SC

The Westminster Production Unit hosted nine students and instructors from the Oconee campus of Tri-County Technical College's CNC Programming & Operations class. The Sandvik Coromant team at Westminster started with a presentation and then proceeded to give a plant tour of of the Westminster facility led by James Gilliam and Vince Troisi. The group was shown the insert production process from start to finish focusing heavily on the CNC Grinding department. Students asked very engaging question and left with a better understanding for what an operator's daily task entails. Students were also shown the importance of operator's participation in lean initiatives such as 5S and Continuous Improvement programs for optimum efficiency and productivity.

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Watch a video of the student tour at the Greer Production Unit:

Sandvik Coromant Centers

At our Fair Lawn Sandvik Coromant Center, we welcomed two three local high schools and Michael Zamstein, Productivity Center Technician, and JoAnn Mitchell, Partner Marketing Specialist, created a program to showcase careers and opportunities available in modern manufacturing.

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Michael Zamstein reflects on why MFG Day is such an important event:

"Manufacturing day is a very important to me because people use products every day and don't think about how it ended up in their hands. Showing students the journey of an" idea" to "reality," is important for all business sectors. My hope is that the students at the end of the day use a product and think "how did they make this?" 

"When touring the Center, typically kids will ask a lot of questions such as, 'How fast does the dragster go?' and even personal questions like, 'How much money do you make?' But my favorite question is, "Do you use 3D printing?" That question makes me happy because seeing any form of manufacturing become mainstream, is so important for the industry and a gateway for younger generations to get interesting in manufacturing."

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