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Grand Rapids-area company launches ‘smart’ manufacturing innovation center

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WALKER, MI — Feyen Zylstra, a Walker-based industrial technology company, announces the launch of an “Innovation Center for Smart Manufacturing” this spring.

The Innovation Center, funded by a $250,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, will provide local manufacturers with the opportunity to learn about smart manufacturing, which includes practices such as automation, robotics and industrial networks.

Ryan Cahalane, president of industrial technology at Feyen Zylstra, said many small and medium-sized manufacturers are “intimidated by the cost and scope” of smart manufacturing technology. The Innovation Center is designed to show how “practical solutions and approaches” using technology can “drive real, achievable results”, he said.

Visitors to the Innovation Center can learn about smart manufacturing technology through experimental labs, interactive training workshops, and more.

The idea is to make the principles of the technology “accessible and understandable to all manufacturers, regardless of their size, type of manufacturing and the products they make,” according to a press release.

“Putting smart manufacturing solutions into practice is about domain expertise and experience and value creation, but it’s also about contributing to the greater good and advancing the state of the industry,” John Dyck, CEO of CESMII, the US National Institute on Smart Manufacturing. .

“We are proud to partner with FZ in this important endeavor, highlighting these important capabilities.”

CESMII provided Feyen Zylstra with a grant funded by the US Department of Energy.

Based in Walker, Feyen Zylstra has nearly 600 employees and locations in Nashville, Tennessee; Charleston, South Carolina; Charlotte, North Carolina; Cleveland, Ohio; as well as Traverse City and Kalamazoo. The company focuses on the design, installation and maintenance of smart manufacturing technologies, including automation, robotics, industrial networks and big data.

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