In its cooperation with the Ludwigshafen T1 vocational technical training institute (BBS T1) and the Münster Chamber of Crafts (HWK), AMADA is helping young students to learn about sheet metal working at the highest level. For AMADA, this is an excellent opportunity to position itself as a high-performance partner and manufacturer of machine and software solutions in this sector. Experiencing state-of-the-art machines live and in practical application: This is what the budding master craftsmen from the Münster HWK and the technicians and students at the Ludwigshafen BBS T1 have the opportunity to do at the AMADA Practical Days. “Once a year, we invite the students to our Solution Center in Haan so that they can gain an impression of our machines,” says Ronald Schildt, AMADA Sales Manager for North, East and West Germany and the Netherlands. Together with his team, he supervises the Practical Days for the up-and-coming master craftsmen from Münster HWK. Alongside general information on bending technology and programming using the AMADA software solutions, the days of the event are rounded off by open question sessions and practical tests. “This year, our guests were asked to estimate how long they need to program and bend a component. Afterwards, we showed them on an HG ATC how much time was actually required. The students and new generation of master craftsmen are always extremely astonished at just how much setup time can be saved with our machines,” says Ronald Schildt.
Making the most of the opportunities
AMADA has been working together with the Münster HWK for five years and with the technical and vocational training classes of the Ludwigshafen BBS T1 for eleven. This collaboration has been beneficial for everyone involved. “We are able to communicate directly with the students. We can familiarize the next generation with AMADA’s products and solutions at an early stage in their development,” says Markus Scheurig, Sales Executive South and leader of the Practical Days for the BBS T1 Ludwigshafen. “The students greatly appreciate being able to gain a practical insight into our modern manufacturing concepts. We get a lot of positive feedback from them.” Alongside the visits to the Solution Center, the teachers at the Ludwigshafen BBS T1 also receive software training and information and educational material for their metal working and mechanical engineering students. And the Münster HWK also uses software and machine solutions from AMADA. “The workshop of the HWK is now equipped with one of our press brakes. It is used for training and advanced courses in the field of sheet metalworking,” explains Ronald Schildt who considers this type of cooperation with educational establishments to represent an important opportunity for the future. “The shortage of skilled workers is an issue that is facing everyone at the moment. This type of collaboration is an ideal way of supporting students with state-of-the-art equipment so that they can benefit from top-class training.”