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Industry 4.0 training rigs at the Manufacturing Technology Centre

23 November 2015

A modular hydraulic, pneumatic and mechatronic training rig will be installed by Bosch Rexroth in December at the Manufacturing Technology Centre in the UK. It will allow students and lecturers to recreate and model real-world applications.

The rig includes technological enhancements that are set to achieve wide scale pick up, but are largely absent from current factory floors. Knowledge of these technologies will better equip students to take advantage of the changing nature of engineering. In particular, the inclusion of an Open Core Engineering – Industry 4.0 Training System will allow students to develop smart device compatible apps for systems and control.

Speaking about the implications of Industry 4.0, Andy Minturn, from Bosch Rexroth, said: “While core engineering skills are set to remain the same, a better understanding of the productivity gains available from current technologies is essential to manufacturers’ ongoing competitiveness.

“The loss of older engineers remains a concern for the whole industry, however, it’s the younger generations who are likely to be best equipped to exploit Industry 4.0.”

A full training syllabus, including exercise and course books as well as supporting technical training across pneumatics, hydraulics and mechatronics has also been provided by Bosch Rexroth. All three training systems use industry grade components.

Bosch Rexroth’s Modular Mechatronic System mMS i4.0 simulates a complete production process, combining several systems that can be operated individually or together. 

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