What defines us in the Industry
GennFlex develops and delivers innovative robotics and automation training solutions for middle schools, high schools, colleges, and workforce development organizations. Our core team brings together a mix of educators and manufacturing industry professionals, thus offering the perfect synergy of experience, automation technology, and scale to build advanced training solutions that meet the challenges of the Industry 4.0 revolution.
Our mission is to bridge the gap between industry and STEM education, to create a level playing field for all schools, regardless of their location, funding, or staff experience, and to give every student a fair opportunity to learn the exciting manufacturing technologies that pave the way to Industry 4.0.
Robotics studies are considered essential and remain in the center of most STEM programs. Learning robotics contributes immensely to the overall development of a child. Not only does it provide the power to improve academic performance, but learning robotics can also significantly enhance problem-solving, creative, and critical thinking skills, encourage teamwork, collaboration, and leadership qualities, boost students’ confidence, and ultimately spark their enthusiasm and interest toward engineering and manufacturing careers.
Most of the popular STEM programs excel in these aspects, by engaging their students in a fun, game-centric approach to learning the “boring” subjects. However, these programs rarely go above the fighting robots competitions and almost never expose their students to real-world industrial robots and automation technologies.
By definition, automation technologies, robotics, close collaboration of human workers and machines, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and interconnectivity are the technologies that separate the current Industry 4.0 from its previous iterations.
Re-shoring of manufacturing, the explosive rate of technology development, and the dynamically growing economy – are just some of the factors that create an ever-increasing demand for highly-skilled workers and engineers with a solid understanding of modern automation technologies, cutting-edge machinery, software programming, and CAD design.
And this is where the growing skills gap is painfully evident: the education system is far behind in supplying the industrial community with the next generations of engineers and skilled workers.
Bridging The Gap
The GennFlex Way
The Missing Link
When reviewing current STEM programs implemented at schools across the country, we were not fortunate to come across programs that would utilize industrial-grade robots, software, and technologies. Some schools would have a couple of robots either donated or purchased through a funding program. However, in most cases, they were not integrated with the core STEM programs and merely served the purpose of a visual representation of the manufacturing equipment.
STEM programs primarily use “lite” equipment and simulation software to approximate the behaviors of real manufacturing machines. While a great option for the beginner learner to grasp the basic concepts of machine operation and control, these programs stop short of exposing the students to the real-world manufacturing environment.
The main negative outcomes of this situation are:
- Fewer students get to experience the exciting world of engineering and therefore do not consider it as part of their future.
- Those few that do pursue engineering careers still have little to no hands-on experience of programming and operating an industrial robot or a machine prior to the employment.
In our opinion, this is the reason why so many companies are hard-pressed to find qualified engineers and workers.
Our training programs are built on the most advanced production-grade robots and machines so that there is little to no gap between the knowledge and skill sets gained in training and the experiences required by the industry.
Through our strategic partnerships with the leading global makers of robotic and automation equipment, we have access to the latest technologies. This ensures our training programs remain industry-relevant in two ways: are based on the latest manufacturing technologies, and allow the shortest time of technology adoption from the OEMs' production lines to our training curriculum. Thus, the knowledge our students gain throughout GennFlex training is immediately applicable to the realities of modern manufacturing.
A Level Playing Field
for all students and schools
STEM educators play a crucial role in designing training programs to make the world a better place — one that is safer, more efficient, and more sustainable — and to develop solutions that benefit the lives of all people. For this to happen, our workforce must be comprised of people from diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and personal experiences. The future generation of engineers are coming from all walks of life, and they must have equal and fair access to the most advanced education to succeed in this mission.
Our Training is Accessible
We make our solutions accessible to all school districts regardless of their location, urban or rural, by offering our Mobile Training delivery to the location where the training is requested. No special power source or equipment is required – our training modules all fit through standard 32″ doors, only need a standard 100V outlet and a clean room with common classroom equipment.
Our Solutions Are Affordable
We make our solutions affordable by offering different options for equipment procurement: you can buy, lease or rent our products. Which option is best for you will depend on several factors, such as the duration of the training, enrollment levels, and availability of trained instructors, to name a few. To assist in picking the right option, we have developed lease financing and rental calculators.