SHOWCASE OF A REVOLUTION

TECHNOLOGY

INDUSTRY 4.0 – IN HARMONY WITH IT

We are now witnessing the fourth industrial revolution. The transition from automated mass production using electronics and numerical controls to intelligently networked and autonomous manufacturing is already complete in many places. Based on real-time-capable and computer-aided manufacturing systems, things and services are now being networked together via the internet. 

This is organised via virtual cyber-physical systems – or CPSs for short. By linking physical and digital processes, they form a value creation network that decisively optimises the productivity, resource efficiency, quality and flexibility of processes. 

LINKING FAVOURABLE EVENTS

When we speak of Industry 4.0, it means significant progress in autonomous manufacturing. These production processes configure themselves with the aid of sensors, and therefore automatically. To accomplish this, people, machinery, equipment, robots, logistics systems and materials communicate with each other – enabled through integrated software, internet-based wireless technology, and new interfaces in the production system. This involves the efficient self-organisation of equipment and machinery using autonomous linkage of work steps and precisely targeted control of the required workpieces and raw materials. 

EDUCATION IN THE INDUSTRY 4.0 ARENA

LONG LIVE AUTONOMY

MODERN MULTI-TASKING

SATISFYING NEW REQUIREMENTS

Against the complex backdrop of Industry 4.0 and smart factories, it goes without saying that vocational and advanced training systems as well as educational institutions and the manufacturing industry should be networked together to the greatest possible extent. The relevant training content must satisfy the full range of digital requirements and diverse application areas. The interactive skills of future specialists and engineers must be even more specifically strengthened and their qualifications must be even more multidisciplinary and more networked than ever. But this often overlooks the need to stir future generations’ interest in applied sciences from a young age. After all, this is the basic precondition for mastering complex manufacturing methods and data-driven processes and business models – the first step towards effectively addressing the shortage of qualified specialists. 

DIGITAL PROFICIENCY

SUPPLEMENTED BY INTERDISCIPLINARY SKILLS

In this context, it goes without saying that especially strong expertise in information and communications technology qualifies specialists in the various application areas. Any professional who wants to make an impact in the Industry 4.0 era, however, should also have something more to offer: the willingness to engage in lifelong learning, a solutions-oriented approach, and   in interdisciplinary communication with machines and network systems. The additional acquisition of key qualifications and hands-on skills in the context of complex, changing requirements often makes the difference here. Accordingly, forecasts predict that prior knowledge of mathematics, science and technology will become increasingly important – the starting point for a number of new career profiles such as data scientist, production informatician, and specialists in system security and usability. 

SPECIALISTS WITH SOCIAL SKILLS

THE OPPOSITE OF NERDS

As industrial conditions become increasingly interdisciplinary and networked, the social skills needed for interacting with production process actors are also becoming indispensable. This includes suitably broad knowledge and the ability to coordinate virtual and real systems interactively. Digital learning technologies such as E-Learning, blended learning, our so-called Real Experience Learning and augmented learning prove particularly beneficial in this area, especially for corporate training programmes. Supplemented by practical, job-related training courses and a learning-friendly work structure, these learning methods are considered to be highly effective. 

VISIONARY SOLUTIONS

WITH AN INTEGRATIVE APPROACH

To effectively counter the shortage of specialists, qualification measures in this area have to be sensitive to trainees’ needs and offer them attractive career prospects. The role of industry and training providers here is to empower employees with the skills they need in the context of cyber-physical production systems while addressing the deteriorating employment situation among compulsory school leavers and unskilled workers at the same time. This requires proximate and integrative learning concepts that also permit less IT-literate people to successfully access the education market. 

TRIED AND TESTED UNITRAIN

THE STATE-OF-THE-ART SOLUTION

Industry 4.0 requires new, practical training systems. Comprehensive knowledge and requisite skills befitting ever more complex technical systems must be transmitted rapidly, clearly and purposefully. In the course of that transmission, trainees who come into contact with automation engineering and mechatronics should acquire knowledge of sensor technology to master the basic principles of detecting process conditions and controlling process variables. To satisfy these objectives, our computer-based, multimedia experimentation and training system UniTrain combines special learning programmes with a complete electrical engineering laboratory into a mobile user interface: A modern system that effectively communicates theory and practice – anywhere and at any time.

STRONG PARTNERSHIP

A GUARANTEE FOR PRACTICAL FOCUS

In the training and education segment, nothing affords better practical focus than a committed cooperation with industry. That is why we sought out a strong partner, and found one in the market leader Siemens. We configure state-of-the-art automation engineering products from Siemens for educational purposes and adapt them precisely to the needs of schools and educational institutions. In so doing, we cover all performance levels, ranging from the compact basic version to the modular high-end system with field bus interface and decentralised peripherals including the associated operating control units and monitoring equipment. And of course, new European Machinery Directive-compliant safety technology can be integrated into all systems. 

VALUABLE ASSISTANCE

FOR DIGITAL SUPPORT

With our digital learning and training systems, you can rely on comprehensive support. Among other things, our Interactive Lab Assistant (ILA) is always at your side, not only guiding you to the relevant experiment, but also supplying you with valuable information. It records measurements and automatically compiles the necessary laboratory documentation in the background. ILA is perfectly suited for the acquisition of practical skills. It enables us to continuously expand the world of training and keep pace with the rapid development of automation engineering. Accordingly, we provide you with up-to-date solutions focussing on new topics in disciplines such as control technology, electromechanics, electronics and programmable logic controllers (PLCs) – with numerous examples, explanations and practical exercises that illustrate the basic principles and operation of PLCs. 

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