One of the highlights of the fall season each year, is Bell and Howell’s opportunity to host its annual Manufacturing Day Open House.
President Barack Obama declared the first Friday in October as National Manufacturing Day, and facilities host events throughout the month. Manufacturing Day represents opportunities for U.S. manufacturers to open their doors to demonstrate the potential of modern manufacturing and foster interest in manufacturing careers.
On Oct. 14, members of the local community, colleges and high schools were invited to take a first-hand look at live demonstrations of products that Bell and Howell manufactures, services and supports.
Bell and Howell employees, pictured right, demonstrate the company’s JETVision technology, designed to provide advanced quality and integrity control for any production system requiring monitoring or tracking.
Participants were taken on an interactive tour in the areas of e-commerce, pharmaceuticals, robotics and print and mail solutions. There were a total of eight product demonstrations, which included the PackRobot, a 16-foot tall indoor and outdoor automated parcel terminal with a high-speed intelligent robotic 3D-lift storage system. Additionally, visitors got to watch Relay, a personal delivery robot, and the high-speed Apex Sorter with through put capabilities up to 80,000 mail pieces per hour.
Students from the Apex Friendship High School pose with the Sharp INTELLOS™ at Bell and Howell offices in Durham, NC. The automated unmanned ground surveillance vehicle was one of many technologies showcased on Manufacturing Day.
Bell and Howell has hosted a Manufacturing Day open house for the past three years, but this year’s event received an increase in participation of more than 35 percent compared to 2015. Attendees for this year’s event included leadership, parents and students from Apex Friendship High School’s Academy of Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing and Research Triangle High School.
Bell and Howell’s Manufacturing Day brought visitors from various age groups to catch a glimpse of its latest technologies.
The event also saw representation from the leadership team at Wake Tech Community College, the North Carolina Chamber of Commerce, the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina and the Durham County Commissioners office, in addition to a host of attendees from other organizations.
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