A new collaboration initiative between our company and the Polytechnic University of Turin aims to provide Advanced Manufacturing professionals with the required skills for production in the advanced manufacturing sector. This was the subject of the meeting, held at the Polytechnic University on November 14, between the Dean of the Polytechnic University of Turin, Prof. Marco Gilli, the President and CEO of Avio Aero, Mr. Riccardo Procacci, Professors Luca Iuliano and Paolo Maggiore from the Polytechnic University of Turin, and the Avio Aero Chief Manufacturing Engineer, Mr. Marco Cherubini. The meeting was rounded off with an address by the Avio Aero Organization and Talent Development Manager, Ilaria Romoli.
The world is evolving at an inconceivable speed. Digitization and the industrial internet of things - thanks to their ability to connect people and machines, and to the opportunity they provide to generate productivity in industry - are rewriting the paradigms that form the underpinnings of industry. Educational models need to evolve at the same pace. Specialization and a multi-pronged approach are no longer mutual opposites or alternatives; it is their very combination that is becoming the real model. And we are only at the beginning of this transformation process, of which we can perhaps envisage but certainly not understand all the implications at this stage. That is why today it is crucial to make a tangible contribution to training the professionals of the future based on integrating the needs of the academic world with those of the industrial world.
“The Polytechnic University of Turin”, stated the Dean, Marco Gilli, “offers a wide range of courses in the field of Advanced Manufacturing, both in its Second-level Degree specializing in Additive Manufacturing as part of the Mechanical Engineering Course and in the Master’s Degree Course. Indeed, in the Additive Manufacturing sector in particular, which is one of the most cutting-edge components in the manufacturing of the future, the Polytechnic University has established itself as one of the leading research centers both nationally and internationally, and the University has also invested substantially in a new inter-departmental center focusing on these areas. We believe that, in order to make an ever greater contribution to, among other things, the positive spillover of research activities on the local territory, it is necessary to place an even greater focus on these very advanced skills in our training courses, so as to train professionals who are ready to meet the corporate world’s demand for such skills. In this regard, extending our cooperation with Avio Aero to education and training, on the strength of a collaborative relationship soon to be enhanced by a new joint laboratory situated on our campus, will certainly also lead to the design of training courses with a cross-cutting, interdisciplinary, and competitive approach that will offer the market the highly qualified professional expertise required by the so-called Industry 4.0.”
“This collaboration with the Polytechnic University of Turin – added the President and CEO of Avio Aero, Riccardo Procacci – completes the triad of advanced manufacturing specializations we have launched with the University of Salento and the University of Naples - Federico II this year. It is a crucially important step which makes me particularly proud because it creates new and targeted skills that are moving in exactly the same direction as that in which the industry of the future is moving. In the day-to-day life of Avio Aero, the fourth industrial revolution is actually beginning to take place within our Operations through what has been termed the Brilliant Factory, namely a place of production capable of continuous self-improvement of its processes and products through real-time data collection, transmission and analysis. What is required, therefore, is an ecosystem in which product designers, production engineers and plant operators work in constant dialogue and collaboration with each other, on platforms that can simulate the production process virtually and the product itself digitally, without handling materials or machinery. Initiatives such as these help make this vision become reality.”