LAIT 4.0. (Learning Advanced Industrial Technologies)

Staff from D&A College Engineering section have undergone training in Advanced Industrial Technologies as part of an EU Erasmus supported project, linking partners from Spain, Italy, Netherlands and Lithuania together to create a one-day course for local business to improve their operations, in areas including reducing energy and materials consumption, gaining higher efficiency, and better usage of data.

Led by Tekniker, a specialized high tech training facility in the Basque country,  the three College staff had training in how to conduct a technology audit on a company’s readiness to implement changes. 

Hetel - Durango, ES
Tekniker - Durango, ES 
APRO - Torino, IT
SRC - Kaunas , LT
D&A – Dundee, UK

The project meeting in Dundee in June 2018 is the second of the project's two-year life, with the rollout of the course to local companies starting in September 2018. 

Richard Faint: Project Leader stated: 

For D&A College this project will develop the technological and organizational skills of staff who are involved in advanced manufacturing (CNC, virtual welding, robotics etc) and the current demands of industrial companies, improve the access, especially to SMEs, as well as foster increased cooperation between the College and international innovation centres.

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Advanced Manufacturing Technologies are the core of the last industrial revolution, known as Industry 4.0.

Advanced Manufacturing includes production activities able to improve production speed, productivity, energy and materials consumption, operating precision, waste, pollution management and enabling resource-efficient and low emission production. The retained definition is not linked to any particular industrial sector.

The EU has created a Task Force for Advanced Manufacturing Technologies for Clean Production to co-ordinate EU efforts to increase the competitiveness of Europe's manufacturing industry by fostering the development, and speeding up the market uptake, of European advanced manufacturing technologies by industry. The objectives of the Task Force are:

  • Accelerating the dissemination and commercialisation of advanced manufacturing technologies
  • Boosting the demand for advanced manufacturing technologies
  • Reducing skills shortages and competence deficits.