PBC Linear is a company that has developed an extensive portfolio of linear motion products. While we have continued to remain strong in all areas of design and production, there is a human element that has come into shorter supply of late--a reality that effects the entirety of manufacturing in the United States. Our number one asset, the experienced machine operator, has been part of a shrinking talent pool. Much of this results from lack of educations programs and the general stigmatization of the manufacturing field.
As we move into the third decade of this century, manufacturing is beginning to experience signs of a manufacturing renaissance. These signs are revealed in the use of precision-based automation, collaborative robots, and digital spaces that implement augmented reality (AR). This article focuses on augmented reality, and how training software like Manifest, developed by Taqtile, is changing how we shape our workforce to be more productive, flexible, and most of all, more rewarding.