At Jabil, we make a lot of stuff and, without wanting to brag, we’re very good at it! We’ve been manufacturing for our clients for more than 50 years now and we’ve learned a few things along the way. When we started, Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) was a new idea. That idea took hold fast and now accounts for some of the largest workforces on the planet. We have more than 180,000 staff all around the world occupied in manufacturing and allied services around innovation and supply chain. We just wish more people knew what an amazing career opportunity that manufacturing affords.
Today, Friday, October 6th , is Manufacturing Day, a great opportunity to celebrate all the innovation that has occurred in our industry and manufacturing in general, and to thank all those involved in making the products that we use and take for granted every day. Many of our favorite brands work with companies like Jabil to bring their products to market and to scale their production and supply chain globally.
Head to Jabil’s Blue Sky Center, today for a tour of the building and an opportunity to walk around our Blue Sky Manufacturing Expo and talk to Jabil experts. The Blue Sky Center is more than a facility, it is an experience! From igniting ideas, curiosity and collaboration to tackling tough innovation challenges in a thought provoking environment. Some of the world’s leading minds in engineering, science and manufacturing leverage the powerful, global resources at Blue Sky Center to elevate ideas beyond expectations.
Jabil has also partnered with NextFlex and with its student program FlexFactor, which aims to inspire students to pursue an education, and eventually a career, in Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM). NextFlex will be exhibiting during our Expo allowing students to learn more about internship and career opportunities.
NextFlex was formed in 2015 through a cooperative agreement between the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and FlexTech Alliance. NextFlex is a consortium of companies, academic institutions, non-profits and state, local and federal governments with a shared goal of advancing U.S. Manufacturing of flexible hybrid electronics. FlexFactor is a project-based learning program that blends entrepreneurship and technology to immerse students in the world of advanced manufacturing. Through FlexFactor, Jabil helps students identify education and career paths that lead to a range of opportunities in advanced manufacturing, and actively increase the U.S. STEAM talent pipeline.
Never a better time to be in manufacturing
Enabling technologies like 3D Printing, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Augmented Reality (AR) and IoT are changing the world of manufacturing before our eyes, and making operational excellence and smart manufacturing top of mind for many brands. This is an exciting time to be involved in manufacturing and these new technologies present huge opportunity for those in the industry and those considering entering it.
Click on the image below to start a slideshow of six trends that make manufacturing the rising star of potential career paths.
Jabil is at the vanguard of these new technologies and is already one of the smartest manufacturers on the planet, and we plan to get smarter, more agile, faster and more efficient. For the engineers that work at Jabil this is what gets us up and into the office every day. Exploring how these enabling technologies can improve our business, empower our customers and change the world is more than a job, it’s a passion.
We are working with some wonderful partners to change the face of innovation and manufacturing. For example, this year at the Hannover Fair, we partnered with Microsoft on their booth to show how Jabil’s design team at Radius Innovation are using their VR (Virtual Reality) headset, the HoloLens, to change the way designs are shared and accelerated into manufacturing. We are also at the cutting edge of additive manufacturing or 3D printing and have partnered with HP to support the industrialization of their Fusion 3D Printer. In fact, we are printing several parts of that printer using additive techniques, in a project we call ‘print the printer’.
These are just a few examples of why we are so excited about manufacturing and why we’d love to share our enthusiasm for making stuff with you at our Blue Sky Center in San Jose this Friday. It’s a great time to be in manufacturing and the perfect time to come to Blue Sky.
Come by today if you can! You can register for Manufacturing Day at Blue Sky here.