Three vocational training students from IES Politècnic de Palma take part in the CROWS held at IES Pere Martell in Tarragona.

Feb 8, 2023 | Current affairs, Featured, Revista Lloseta, Thursday Daily Bulletin, Tradition

This is a collaborative competition between different vocational training centres from all over Spain.

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Three vocational training students from IES Politècnic de Palma

Three students and two teachers from the intermediate-level training course in electromechanical maintenance will take part.

IES Politècnic has been selected by the Ministry to participate in this project subsidised with European funds.

For two days they will compete with the machines themselves and with other students from the selected centres.

Tomorrow and the day after tomorrow, three students from IES Politècnic de Palma will compete in the CROWS (Collaborative Robotic Welding Skill) that will be held at IES Pere Martell in Tarragona. This is a collaborative competition between different vocational training centres from all over Spain that aims to modernise and give visibility to vocational training and, more specifically, to robotic welding in order to adapt it to Industry 4.0.

This is all part of the project “Collaborative exhibition and modernisation of vocational training with robotised welding in Industry 4.0”, a joint project presented by the Pere Martell Institute in Tarragona, the ZamoraJoven Mennaisian Centre in Zamora, the Universidade Laboral Secondary School in Ourense and the Politècnic Secondary School in Palma. This project was selected in the framework of the grants for the implementation of innovation and applied research projects and knowledge transfer to vocational training funded by the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training.

Three students from IES Politécnico from the intermediate level training cycle in electromechanical maintenance are travelling to Tarragona: Juan Miguel Garí and Miquel Oyarzun, from the second year, and Marcos Llaneras, from the first year. They are accompanied by teachers Juan J. Juan Salom and José Francisco Riudavets. The five of them are part of the aforementioned robotic welding project, a project they have been working on since last December and which is due to finish next June. These students have been selected on the basis of the work carried out at the centre itself and the tests they will have to face have been designed by the teachers of the 4 centres that form part of the project.

The competition will be divided into two days. Thus, during the first day, the pupils will compete in robot-pupil. On the second day, on the other hand, the students, in mixed groups of 3 students from the four participating centres, will have to put their knowledge to the test.

Ministry project of collaboration between national VET centres

The IES Politècnic de Palma participates together with the Centro Menesiano de ZamoraJoven de Zamora, the Instituto Pere Martell de Tarragona and the IES Universidade Laboral de Ourense in a project of the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training financed with European social funds that consist of designing a welding project using a pioneering cooperative robotic arm, introducing it in the centres and making it known among the companies of each participating autonomous community. Currently, in the Balearic Islands, the only place where you can find a robotic arm of these characteristics is in the IES Politècnic, hence the importance of making it known to companies in the sector.

This robot does not work through programming based on data input, but rather the operator is the one who “teaches” it what to do. The practicality of the machine is that the student applies his welding knowledge to make the machine work faster.

At the end of June, the four participating centres will produce a documentation booklet, which will include a series of video tutorials that will show up to twelve different ways of welding with this robot.