Students of the Advanced Manufacturing specialisation working on the LCAMP Robot

In the VET Center, Miguel Altuna LHII (located in Bergara, Basque Country, Spain), students are following Advanced Manufacturing courses where they are acquiring competencies related to manufacturing, automatization, and digitalisation of the productive process such as:

  • Identify the stages of the production process that can be digitised, to meet production objectives.
  • Adapt the processes and/or machines by applying the selected advanced technologies, considering safety, efficiency, and sustainability criteria.
  • Evaluate the improvement of performance by monitoring the evolution of the KPIs identified.
  • Integrate the production control system with the company’s digital management systems, meeting reliability and safety requirements.

To work on these competencies, the teachers of this speciality have considered the scenario provided by the Collaborative Learning Factory (CLF) of the LCAMP project as the best learning scenario. This scenario provides the opportunity to work on a real product and process that is also very close to the reality of the business world. The CLF is part of WP6 of the project, which Miguel Altuna LHII is leading.

In short, the CLF is an environment where students can work on all the phases of the industrialisation of a product. In this specific case, it refers to the phases of product design (mechanical and electronic), process engineering, manufacture and assembly of a mobile robot that can be configured in different traction, sensor and control configurations, and its subsequent packaging and logistics.

The interesting thing about this CLF is the possibility of implementing 4.0 technologies throughout the process, including the product itself. In this first experimental phase, a group of 3 students from the specialisation course are participating in the prototyping of the mobile robot, a product that will go on to the manufacturing phase, so that the students will be able to see the result in a real implementation. Moreover, by being part of LCAMP, students can have the opportunity to collaborate with students from other educational centres at the European level, including mobility and the experience of working on internationalisation projects. The trainers teaching this speciality is completed by lecturers with a profile in metrology and additive manufacturing; smart production processes; industrial automation, robotics and Internet Of Things (IoT); and virtualisation. After completing the course and acquiring the specified skills, students will work in companies in the industrial production sector with a significant automation component, whose activities have a clear tendency towards the integration of all their digital operation and management systems.

For Miguel Altuna, as an educational centre for vocational training, participation in this CoVE represents the reaffirmation of its strategic commitment to internationalisation – of students and teaching staff -, cutting-edge technology and teaching methodologies, seeking the most significant learning adapted to the industrial reality for its students.