Skills such as collaboration, creativity, problem solving and adaptability are sought-after by every industry now, but will certainly be necessary for the entire workforce in the age of Industry 4.0. A resource that is available to all local businesses and industry is Penn State New Kensington’s innovation hub, The Corner. One of 21 Invent Penn State hubs across the Commonwealth, The Corner provides a modern and unique space open for you to take advantage of workshops and training, mentors and flexible office space opportunities and solutions. The Corner is also available to use for meeting or event space.
The Corner Launchbox, an Invent Penn State initiative, provides signature programming at
Both programs teach valuable skills integral to the Industry 4.0 movement, regardless of the intent to start a business.
Penn State New Kensington’s Office of Continuing Education provides a variety of professional and non-credit training opportunities to supplement and augment workforce development. Throughout the year, training and education occurs on campus, in the community and at business locations. Topics include: project management, financial skills, manufacturing skills (CAD software, OSHA, LEAN, ISO, industrial math), leadership, management principles, Microsoft Office, web design and data collection.
A state-of-the-art Digital Innovation Lab (DI Lab) is currently being built in New Kensington, PA. The DI Lab will be the place for business, industry, entrepreneurs, students and makers to explore modern digital tools and techniques.
Through a unique partnership with local government, foundation support and corporate partners Nextovation’s goals for the DI Lab include:
DI Lab and a Unique Focus
Filling a niche, the DI Lab will focus on digital twinning, as well as other virtual and cloud-based computer technologies. A digital twin is a modern and more comprehensive term for a computer model and virtual simulation of a product, machine or process. The digital representation contains valuable data that can predict behavior of a physical item, machine or process. Businesses who explore and incorporate digital twinning may benefit from reducing costs and improving efficiency before resources are spent on product development, manufacturing or implementation.
The DI Lab is made possible thanks to support from the Richard King Mellon Foundation, Penn State New Kensington and Economic Growth Connection of Westmoreland County and Siemens.