COD Trains Future Workforce as Pandemic Spurs Drive Toward Automation
COVID-19 continues to impact the global economy, presenting challenges in nearly all industries and at all levels from small, private businesses to multinational corporations. While the pandemic has forced many businesses and individuals to weigh the balance between saving lives and saving livelihoods, for the manufacturing industry, it is accelerating the inevitable path toward automation.
“The future is already here,” said COD Manufacturing Technology Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator Jim Tumavich. “Look at what is happening in restaurants with self-order kiosks. Remember how many cashiers McDonald’s had years ago? Now it’s just two or three. The next super burger shop may be totally automated. The customer will order and pay for his food via a smartphone app before arriving at the pick-up location. The order will be processed through an automated burger flipper and assembler, drinks are auto filled and