Foundry uses customized training to improve employee skills and opportunities

Waupaca Foundry FVTC

Organization: 

Waupaca Foundry the leading iron castings manufacturer in the industry. The Foundry produces gray, ductile, austempered ductile, and compacted graphite iron castings for global markets including light vehicle, commercial vehicle, agriculture, construction, material handling and other industrial sectors.

Need: 

When the company introduced robotics into the Waupaca plant, maintenance and electrical employees needed training to operate and trouble shoot this technology.

Solution: 

Fox Valley Technical College Business and Industry Services provided training resulting in increased skills and competencies for production workers. The training included these industry-recognized programs: ABB Robotics – basic; ABB Robotics – advanced; and ABB Robotics – operator. ABB combines classroom training, audits, field coaching and best practices to attain certification status.

Other training offered: two sessions of DC Circuits 1; two sessions of Autodesk Inventor Level 2; and two sessions of intermediate AutoCAD. Funds were provided by a Workforce Advancement Training (WAT) grant and by the company.

Results: 

Waupaca Foundry saw reduced downtime, increased business opportunities, increased productivity, improved quality and safety, advanced technical skills and competencies leading to higher wages and opportunities for future advancement.