Expert level real life problem solving (EXPERT) Projects offer to companies the opportunity to closely collaborate with European universities in solving their real-life problems by accessing high level expertise and infrastructure that HEI’s possess. This innovative cooperation model is part of the Smart HEI-Business collaboration for skills and competitiveness Project [HEIBus]. In such projects the team includes a total of 6 experts from 3 different HEIs (3 different countries) and experts from the involved company.
First round of the EXPERT pilot projects was developed with great success in the beginning of 2018. The second round of the EXPERT Projects started this January. The company partners in the second projects round are: Valtra Oy in Finland, Bosch Power Tool in Hungary and Bosch Plant Jucu in Romania.
The first pilot project is developed in collaboration with Valtra Oy. The topic is “Benefits of audio feedback enhancing user experience in an agricultural tractor” and the company wanted expertise in following areas: mechatronics, ergonomics and usability, automation and product development. For this project, the HEI experts come from JAMK University of Applied Sciences (JAMK) in Finland, Technical University of Cluj-Napoca (TUCLUJ) in Romania and University of Jaen (UJA) in Spain. The kick-off meeting of the project was arranged on 8th of January 2019 at Valtra Headquarters in Suolahti and on 9th of January 2019 at JAMK in Jyvaskyla.
The second pilot project is developed in collaboration with Bosch Jucu Plant. Their topic is “Elimination of the air bubbles during the conformal coating process of PCB’s” and the company wanted expertise in following areas: fluid mechanics, mechatronics, robotics, sensor fusion and process control and mechanics. For this pilot project, the HEI experts come from TUCLUJ, UJA and JAMK. The kick-off meeting of the project was arranged on 21th of January 2019 at Bosch Jucu Plant Headquarters and on 22nd of January 2019 at TUCLUJ.
The third EXPERT project is developed in collaboration with Bosch Power Tool Hungary. The project topic is focused on “Perceivable noise reduction of power tools”. For this project the company wanted expertise in following areas: mechanical engineering, vibration, numerical modelling, electrical engineering, mechatronics, machine design and computational fluid mechanics. The HEI experts come from University of Miskolc (ME), TUCLUJ and UJA. The project started with a kick-off meeting in 30th of January 2019 at Bosch Power Tool Headquarters and on 31st of January 2019 at ME in Miskolc.
The meetings in the beginning of the projects offered the opportunity to understand better the needs of the companies involved in the pilot projects. Opinion of the company representatives and the HEI experts was that these two meeting days were a success in starting the project activities and defining new steps for implementation. All participants showed real interest in the project themes.
Anneli Kakko, Project Manager
JAMK University of Applied Sciences, Jyväskylä, Finland
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