Automation Talk by Mr. Tim Kalhorn '99
Mr. Tim Kalhorn, ’99, visited Priory last week to talk about engineering with Dr. Rebecca Kalhorn’s mathematics students. Tim has a degree in computer and electrical engineering from Marquette University, and has been with Delta Products Corporation for over 11 years. He currently serves as regional sales manager at Delta.
Tim’s presentation focused on automation, and how important this industry is to the future of the United States economy. Automation is important in a variety of ways. It doesn’t necessarily eliminate jobs, but makes processes more efficient and safe. Automation is the key to bringing manufacturing jobs back to our country, because it can cut labor costs (create more widgets in a shorter amount of time) and save on shipping (both costs and time). He showed several videos that demonstrate how automation is changing manufacturing:
This video from Bradbury Automated Production Systems shows how automation offers ease of operation and shorter production time by converting sheet metal into finished products in one continuous operation:
Apple shows how their Liam robot disassembles old, broken iPhone into their various components for re-use and recycling:
This Rethink Robotics video shows how robots work side-by-side with skilled labor, showing a computer “face” so workers can quickly assess how the machine is doing:
SolarReserve’s 110 megawatt Crescent Dunes solar energy plant in Nevada is truly breathtaking to see:
The students’ curiosity led to a discussion about the various disciplines of engineering that could be used in the automation industry (computer, electrical, mechanical, civil) and how a business background (or even just a great personality) can result in much more than a desk job. Tim’s experience takes him out into the field to interact with customers, helping them to spec solutions and discuss future product revisions, and back to the engineers in his office to put those plans into action. He was able to show a few devices with various Delta components, demonstrating how the equipment can accept a variety of inputs to result in different actions.
Many thanks to alumnus Tim Kalhorn for spending time with our students last week!
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