Let’s talk with… Mikel Ayani (CEO of Simumatik)
Mikel Ayani is the founder and CEO of Simumatik, LCAMP partner. He founded Simumatik in 2019 with the idea of creating an innovative and open platform to create emulation models. Their goal is to make this technology accessible to everyone, making it easy to use and flexible, and try to democratize its use. We love to help our industrial and educational customers in their journey to becoming more digitized and sustainable organizations.
Mikel Ayani has a MsC in Automation Engineering and worked over 20 years in the industry, mainly programming PLCs and control systems, but also as a teacher in higher education.
“My passion since I was a kid has always been programming, and I really liked simulation video games and software. “
He founded Simumatik in 2019 with the idea of creating an innovative and open platform to create emulation models (some kind of digital twins). Our goal is to make this technology accessible to everyone, making it easy to use and flexible, and try to democratize its use. We love to help our industrial and educational customers in their journey to become more digitized and sustainable organization.
Industry main challenges
When we talk to the industry, but even educational institutions, the main challenges we are seeing are related to human resources and lack of knowledge, mainly in some trending technologies, like DTs, AI, robotics, etc. The technology is ready, but with the boom of I4.0, companies do not have enough human resources to test and implement these technologies in their organizations. It is also very difficult to hire professionals with these skills.
Simumatik and educational market
In Simumatik, they want to help teachers to introduce the technology and skills their students will need in the future. They do it together, so their program and courses are aligned with the needs in the industry, while we allow students and teachers to work more efficiently and sustainably.
For Simumatik, as LCAMP projects partners, we feel we can really make a difference, learn a lot, but also contribute so we can develop educational content to ensure the technicians of the future will be ready to offer what the industry is expecting from them.
I, as founder of Simumatik, believe that the real industrial transformation is not coming from the industry itself, but from the new technicians and the new skills they can bring.
About “People in focus”
In this section, we put forward the human-centric approach to the LCAMP project. Through talks with industry representatives, learners, teachers & trainers, academics & researchers and public authorities – local, regional and European levels-, we will discuss the Advanced Manufacturing sector’s future from their perspectives.