Trident Tech offers Industry 4.0 seminars for manufacturing employees

CHARLESTON, SC, Aug. 30, 2021 – A partnership between Trident Technical College, the SC Council on Competitiveness (the Council), Bosch Rexroth and Fraunhofer USA has enabled the creation of two training seminars for manufacturing employees to learn, design and develop strategies to adapt to Industry 4.0 (i4.0) technologies for their companies.

Funding for the development of these courses comes from the SC Department of Commerce, via the SC Fraunhofer USA Alliance (an initiative of the Council), and Bosch Rexroth. The seminars are being developed by Fraunhofer USA and will be available at Trident Technical College starting in fall 2021.

Industry 4.0, or the fourth revolution of manufacturing, refers to the use of interconnectivity, data and automation in the manufacturing process. This approach of combining IT knowledge with engineering principles results in increased efficiency and cost effectiveness to manufacturers.

“Manufacturing companies, especially small- and medium-sized organizations, face an uphill task to conceptualize, select, implement and document an i4.0 journey that will address underlying business problem statements, increase return on investment and drive competitiveness to benefit their client base,” said Dr. Marcel Schaefer, senior program manager for the Council’s SC Fraunhofer USA Alliance. “The necessary skill sets, methodologies and understanding of the key benefits of the i4.0 journey remain out of reach for most of these organizations.”

These seminars will be taught at Trident Technical College as part of the college’s workforce training opportunities and will be held at the S.C. Aeronautical Training Center, Trident Technical College’s newest building. These course offerings are targeted to manufacturing employees and benefit any company interested in boosting efficiency and lowering operating costs.

The seminars will be offered Sept. 23-24, 2021. The cost is $795 per day. The seminar on Sept. 23 introduces participants to i4.0 technologies. The seminar on Sept. 24 navigates through challenges, best practices, success stories and solutions. After completing both seminars, participants receive a certificate of completion.

To register for these seminars, visit For more information, please contact David Liebal, Trident Technical College instructor, at or 843-574-6161.


About Trident Technical College: Trident Technical College is a public, two-year, multicampus community college that provides quality education and promotes economic development in Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties. An open-door institution of higher education, and one of the largest institutions in the state, Trident Technical College serves traditional and nontraditional curriculum students who have a wide variety of educational goals, from personal enrichment to career development to university transfer. The college further promotes economic development through noncredit courses; customized education and training for business, industry and government; and a variety of employment training programs. Learn more at

About the SC Fraunhofer USA Alliance: The South Carolina Fraunhofer USA Alliance is a collaborative effort between the South Carolina Council on Competitiveness, the South Carolina Department of Commerce, and the Fraunhofer USA network. The Alliance was created to advance applied research across the state of South Carolina with the Fraunhofer USA network and South Carolina research institutions.  Examples of research foci include artificial intelligence, Industry 4.0, machine learning, wearables and other advanced digital technologies.  The work of the Alliance and the research it supports give South Carolina a competitive edge in advancing applied research and increasing the competitiveness of South Carolina based organizations.

About Bosch Rexroth: As one of the world’s leading suppliers of drive and control technologies, Bosch Rexroth ensures efficient, powerful and safe movement in machines and systems of any size. The company bundles global application experience in the market segments of Mobile Applications, Machinery Applications and Engineering, and Factory Automation. With its intelligent components, customized system solutions and services, Bosch Rexroth is creating the necessary environment for fully connected applications. Bosch Rexroth offers its customers hydraulics, electric drive and control technology, gear technology and linear motion and assembly technology, including software and interfaces to the Internet of Things. With locations in over 80 countries, more than 29,600 associates generated sales revenue of around 5.2 billion euros ($6.3 billion) in 2020. To learn more, please visit

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