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Industry partner Graco donates InvisiPac system to Dunwoody’s Robotics & Manufacturing department

Students work with the new Graco InvisiPac system in Dunwoody's packaging lab. Graco recently donated an InvisiPac hot melt glue machine — one of its’ latest technologies — to Dunwoody’s Robotics & Manufacturing department. The InvisiPac donation came about as the result of a visit late last year by Graco Engineering Manager Mark Weinberger.

During the visit “one of the students told me about the working assembly lines at Dunwoody that included glue machines,” Weinberger explained. After looking over the assembly line, he approached Senior Instructor Jeff Bixby about replacing the old glue machine with the InvisiPac.

Graco InvisiPac gives students hands-on, industry-standard experience

Automated Systems & Robotics students use the Graco InvisiPac hot melt glue machine for sealing cartons after an MGS Cartoner fills them in Dunwoody’s packaging lab. The automated packaging line then uses these cartons to demonstrate a “product to pallet” approach to machine troubleshooting.

By replacing the older glue machine with Graco’s InvisiPac, students will have hands-on experience with the latest tools currently being used in their field. The InvisiPac is one of the newest technologies to come from Graco and sets a standard for state-of-the-art packaging plants. Here are just a few of the upgrades that students will benefit from:

  • The Graco InvisiPack system works with the MGS Cartoner to fill cartons in Dunwoody's packaging lab. Graco’s InvisiPac is ready to use in 10 minutes versus 35-60 minutes for the older system.
  • It has a superior hose design that minimizes glue charring.
  • Its’ applicators have plug-free modules, eliminating unplanned assembly line downtime.
  • The InvisiPac has an easy-to-use high-tech display, along with glue use tracking and reporting with wireless connectivity.

Graco serves as a great industry partner

In addition to their recent donation, Graco has also supported Dunwoody students by providing internship opportunities and job placement after graduation.

“Two recent hires, Jake Whiteoak and Justin Weldon work in my division.  They both worked as interns for Graco before graduating last year.  Jake and Justin are doing excellent work.  We appreciate Dunwoody’s willingness to allow their students to work as interns,” Weinberger said.  “This is valuable experience for both Graco and the students.”

Associate Director of Career Services Rob Borchardt noted that Graco hired five Dunwoody graduates just last year in addition to hosting several interns.

Click here for more information on the Robotics & Manufacturing department.

State Farm donates vehicle to Dunwoody Collision Program

Chevy Cavalier front right view before shot State Farm Insurance Company is once again donating a repairable vehicle to Dunwoody College’s Collision Repair & Refinishing Program. The company has donated five vehicles over the past five years. This year’s vehicle is a 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier LS and will be worked on by our Collision students over the next eight months.

The donated vehicles provide hard to find structural repair training and advanced vehicle systems training for our students. After Collision students and faculty repair them, the vehicles are sold. State Farm stipulates that any net profit on the vehicles they donate be used for equipment for the Collision Program. For example, profits from recent donations helped the Program purchase a squeeze type resistance spot welder last year.

A representative from State Farm said: “These donations are a great example of how State Farm is working with the Auto Body repair program at Dunwoody. This collaboration supports improvement in the collision repair process — something that benefits our customers, repairers and State Farm. It also makes a positive impact on the environment. Donating vehicles helps reduce the amount of waste added to our nation’s landfills.

State Farm is committed to meeting the needs of our communities, and this program is a great opportunity to meet a need and make a difference.”

Dunwoody’s connection with State Farm began with alumnus Bob Roiger, an estimatics trainer for the company. Roiger graduated in 1978 from the Collision Repair and Refinishing program. State Farm also helps with the Skills USA contest for Collision Repair.

The Collision Program will put the profit from the sale of the repaired and refinished Cavalier towards a computerized measuring system and is looking to partner with another repairable vehicle donation source per year to help reach that goal sooner.

Click here for more photos of Collision student projects. We’ll post the after shots of the Cavalier once it’s complete about 8 months from now.