Students showcase the skills required for the new digital factory

City of Liverpool College students had a taste of life in the real world recently, when they worked with Europe's top manufacturer to connect the benefits of digital technology with manufacturing in the digital age.

Level 3 Engineering, IT and Gaming students worked on the collaborative project with German manufacturing giant, Siemens Automation, to provide an insight into how businesses are being transformed through advances in product and process technology.  They also highlighted the new skills factory workers need to adopt ready for the fourth industrial revolution.

The students worked as part of a team that saw engineering apprentices build a robotic arm and conveyor system to take products from a rack and lift them on to the conveyor. The young engineers then added sensors to monitors temperatures and humidity which were sent to a cloud-based platform built by IT students, and worked on interpreting the data to create diagnostics to improve efficiency and reduce downtime. Gaming students then worked on the Computer Aided Design (CAD) file, taken from both robot and conveyor, to create a digital version and build a 3D environment.

Alan Norbury, Central Technology Officer at Siemens UK and project leader on the initiative, said: “The students working on the project were excellent and took on the challenge with great enthusiasm. By the end of the project, the engineering, IT and gaming students were certified ‘Ind 4.0 ready’ and will be able to use those collaborative, hybrid skills they’ve gained to achieve great success in their future careers.”

Siemens is the largest industrial manufacturing company in Europe and the UK, and a leading innovator in digital technology for the advanced manufacturing industry.


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