DAEGU, South Korea -- South Korea is known as one of the most technologically-advanced nations in the world, and a group of Soldiers and civilian employees from the 403rd Army Field Support Brigade had the opportunity to get a first-hand look at the latest in machining technology, robotics and more at the Daegu Machinery Expo 21, Nov. 19.
The group, along with a contingent from the U.S. Army Materiel Support Command - Korea, located at Camp Carroll, perused hundreds of displays and exhibits at the Daegu EXCO Center, Daegu’s premier convention and exhibition complex.
“This was a good team building opportunity and a chance to learn what's out there in today's technology and see what we could possibly put to use in our own field of expertise within the brigade or at our down-trace units,” said Chief Warrant Officer 3, Ryan Chaney, senior ground maintenance warrant officer, Support Operations, 403rd AFSB. “I saw a laser machine that would remove rust from metal and it was safe enough where if you put your hand in front of the laser, it wouldn't cause any damage, it would just deal with the rust on the on the metal. No scrubbing, no chemicals. That’s something that would be really great to have.”
Participants had the opportunity to meet vendors offering a dizzying array of products and services. They also had the chance to mingle with industry experts and representatives from Korean businesses and business organizations.
“It was nice to get out and participate in some leadership professional development and see the up and coming technologies and what potential capabilities that could be provided to help shape the fight going forward,” said Capt. Chris Benson, Current Operations officer in charge, Operations (S-3), 403rd AFSB. “A couple of things that caught our eye were the additive manufacturing and warehouse capabilities. With 3D printing, acquisition timelines could be shortened and parts could be cheaper allowing us to build readiness faster. Also, the automated warehouse technologies can increase efficiency and decrease workload enabling us to be more ready to ‘Fight Tonight.’”