SCHERDEL appreciates the support with grants, training, connections to community and business resources, and all the other services The Center has provided to us through the years. A talented workforce is imperative to successful operations and meeting customer demands. The Center has been an outstanding business partner and support to our regional economy.
The Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center’s (The Center) Grand Rapids regional office, part of the Michigan MEP and the MEP National Network™, has maintained a strong and consistent relationship with SCHERDEL for nearly 10 years. The Center, in cooperation with Muskegon Community College, arranged an Industry 4.0 walkthrough and evaluation. This allowed SCHERDEL to determine strengths and complete a gap analysis with departments to surmise where additional technology would be most impactful. The Center’s team provided specific analytical results to assist with determining next steps.
SCHERDEL implemented several of the strategies, but, approximately two years after the assessment, SCHERDEL determined the purchase of a 3D printer in their tooling design department would allow them to move away from traditional machined metal tools. SCHERDEL was able to purchase the 3D printer through a grant as an added benefit to completing the Industry 4.0 assessment.