Delegation from Festo Group visited SPbPU Computer-Aided Engineering Centre of Excellence (CompMechLab®)
On November 16, 2016, the SPbPU Computer-Aided Engineering Centre of Excellence (CompMechLab®) was visited by the representatives of Festo Group, namely Elias Knubben, Head of Corporate Bionic Projects and Jan Bredau, Head of System Engineering as well as Branko Katalinić, Festo representative in Russia, and Professor Pryanishnikov, Director of the International laboratory “Sensorika”. The meeting was attended by the representatives of the Consulate General of the German Federal Republic in St. Petersburg: Stefan Kordasch, Deputy Consul General, Head of Economics Department, and Dirk Zirpka, Deputy Head of Economics Department.
Alexey Borovkov, SPbPU Vice-Rector for Advanced Projects; Research Supervisor, SPbPU Institute of Advanced Manufacturing Technology; Founder & Head, SPbPU Computer-Aided Engineering Centre of Excellence set forth the key advantages accounting for the Centre’s competitiveness on the global market of high-tech engineering services for the leading industrial companies. Due to their expertise in CAD/FEA/CFD/CAE/CAO and additive technologies, the CompMechLab® team are able to create radically new and globally competitive “best-in-class” products within the shortest possible time.
Mr. Borovkov presented the companies in whose interest the work at CompMechLab® is performed, pointing out that companies and engineering centres representing the German automobile industry are the CAE Centre of Excellence’s key partners.
He also spoke about the National Technology Initiative (NTI) implemented in Russia, which is somehow similar to the German Industry 4.0 initiative.
The Centre’s area of responsibility with an active participation of CompMechLab Group in the NTI is a working group on Advanced Manufacturing Technologies (TechNet), supervised by Alexey Borovkov and Gleb Nikitin, the First Deputy Head of the Ministry of Industry and Trade.
Festo top managers also learned about the project “Factories of the Future”, launched as part of the National Technology Initiative and targeted at solving the Industrial Grand Challenge Problems of national importance which currently cannot be addressed by the Russian industry for some reasons.
Alexey Borovkov, head of SPbPU Computer-Aided Engineering Centre of Excellence, presented the project “Factories of the Future” to the Russian President Vladimir Putin on 21 July 2016
Elias Knubben, Head of Corporate Bionic Projects and Jan Bredau, Head of System Engineering, in their turn, gave an insight into the key areas of work of their company and presented a range of Challenges whose solution can definitely require the world-class expertise of the Computer-Aided Engineering Centre of Excellence team.
Summarizing the results of the meeting, Festo and Computer-Aided Engineering Centre of Excellence representatives defined major areas of cooperation and opportunities for implementing joint projects.