Italy – Winning collaboration between schools and local companies: the "Ernesto Breda" model of Sesto San Giovanni

07 July 2021

(ANS - Sesto San Giovanni) - The students of the fourth and fifth grades of the Mechatronic course of the "Ernesto Breda" Technical & Technological Institute, of the "Don Bosco Social Works" of Sesto San Giovanni, have carried out a high profile project that participated and distinguished itself in the 2021 Automation Olympics, in the Senior category. All this was possible thanks to the collaboration developed by the Salesian institute with various companies (Hiwin, Dav, Siemens) and with the research group in "Intelligent Industrial Systems and Technologies for Advanced Manufacturing" of Italy's National Research Council (STIIMA CNR).

The multidisciplinary project, which began at the end of the 2020/2021 school year, and which will continue, envisaged designing, in the context of "smart manufacturing", an automated island for the processing, control and storage of calibrated prisms.

The project's objective is to act as a bridge between the world of school and work, parallel to the alternating school/work paths (PCTO) already in place, for example, with the Hiwin company.

The winning feature of the project is its multidisciplinarity, as it involves all the subjects of the course, and more precisely: Mechanics for the engineering and design of the structure and choice of commercial components constituting the linear axes; Design/drawing for the creation of the entire structure's 3D model and the detailed drawings of the components to be machined; Technology for the design of the manufacturing cycle of production components and the drafting of the assembly cycle of the entire warehouse; Systems and Automation for the motorized section and control of the axes of the automatic warehouse.

Furthermore, the students get to try firsthand what it means to carry out a business workshop, that is, they experience the dynamics that will see them involved in real working life, such as in the design stage when a supplier of components for the optimization and validation of the project is involved.

The project, in fact, foresees the support and collaboration of Hiwin in the design, in the choice of components, in the production and processing of the structural parts, in their assembly and in the commissioning of the automatic warehouse. Dav company in Passirana di Rho has instead supplied the sheet metal shelves.

The first fruits of this school-business collaboration occurred at the Automation Olympics organized by Siemens Italia, a competition recognized by the Ministry of Education, University and Research as part of the Excellence Enhancement Program.


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