Balluff Hosts Thornwilde Elementary Second Grade Class to Learn About Manufacturing

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Balluff hosted 100 second grade students from Hebron, KY elementary school for a facility tour and hands-on demonstrations of popular automation tools.

Will Healy Speaks to Students

The kids were surprised with how sensors are used in everyday activities; from operating an assembly line to keeping score while playing corn hole.

Second grade students from Thornwilde Elementary had a great time visiting Balluff on March 29th and 30th. They went on a factory tour and participated in hands-on activities as they learned about the manufacturing process.

On March 29th and 30th, 100 students from Thornwidle Elementary in Hebron, KY visited Balluff's North American Headquarters to learn more about modern manufacturing and automation. Their visit included several popular hands-on activities and games which provided first-hand experience for the students and teachers to learn how sensors and automation work to improve manufacturing outcomes, as well as a tour of Balluff's semi-automated warehouse and electronic assembly facility.

"It was a fun learning experience for our second graders. They enjoyed hands-on activities while learning about how sensors can be used in their own lives," says Michelle Windows, Thornwilde Elementary second grade teacher.

To connect theory to the real world, students took a tour of Balluff's electronic assembly and semi-automated warehouse facility. Many great questions were asked as they experienced a lean manufacturing environment and saw how raw materials become a finished and tested product.

"The kids were surprised with how sensors are used in everyday activities; from operating an assembly line to keeping score while playing corn hole," says Jodi Cesene, Thornwilde Elementary second grade teacher.

Balluff regularly hosts student groups of various ages at their Florence, Kentucky facility. "We try to foster a positive manufacturing experience and support STEM initiatives in our local community" shares Will Healy III, Marketing Management Director for Balluff, Inc.

About Balluff
Balluff Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of Balluff GmbH, Neuhausen, Germany, is a leading manufacturer of a wide range of inductive, photoelectric, vision, capacitive and magnetic sensors as well as linear position transducers, RFID systems, and networking products. Balluff products for OEM and factory floor solutions are used to control, regulate, automate, assemble, position, and monitor manufacturing, assembly, and packaging sequences for industries including: metalworking, automotive, plastics, material handling, wood processing, aerospace, alternative energy, medical, electrical, and electronics. For more information, visit

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