Co-operating for the future
18 February 2011
The ‘Industrial Development’ workshop of Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg in co-operation with SIPLACE produces excellent results.
As the eight-week internship in ‘Industrial Development’ comes to an end for a group of engineering students from Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg in co-operation with the Institute of Manufacturing Automation and Production Systems (FAPS), the SIPLACE people are impressed by the participants’ high level of performance.
Two competing teams of students presented their results to a panel of SIPLACE experts. The teams excelled not only in the categories of teamwork and operations analysis and design, but were able to come up with sustainable solutions in the field of component supply technology.
As a result it came as no surprise that at the closing meeting the general tenor was to promote the co-operation between the university and business even more actively in the future. The SIPLACE team is already a step ahead in this respect.
Beginning later this month (February 2011), FAPS will conduct research with the help of a SIPLACE SX placement machine. Students and SIPLACE experts will be able to work jointly on machine-related issues such as how to achieve further process flexibility.
The internships were a great success for the students as well as the SIPLACE team. They were especially appreciative that the workshop served not only to expand their experience and add to their knowledge, but that many of the ideas they developed were accepted and will become part of real products.
‘We learned a lot in this highly practice-oriented workshop. We were particularly pleased that the SIPLACE management talked with us on an equal footing and told us after our initial orientation to give your creativity free rein and just go ahead and do it,’, commented the students.
“We, too, were very positively surprised by the very high quality of the teams and their presentations. All the solutions were well thought out and suitable for implementation. We will certainly take a closer look at several of them. The only area where some details might have to be revised or improved is ‘economic feasibility’. But we have no doubt that we will continue on this path. The worldwide co-operation between universities and businesses offers huge potential for technological development,” said SIPLACE technology scout Norbert Heilmann.
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