After a tour of the Trade Fair Didacta in Stuttgart, AYVA’s President, Dianne Beveridge, headed to Bosch Rexroth’s training facility, along with representatives from more than 20 countries. The focus was on Bosch’s new i4.0 Mechatronics System with Open Core Engineering and an Active Cockpit to better support the Internet of Things (IOT) – all of which can be found in their factories around the world. There was also considerable excitement around the APAS, Bosch’s new collaborative robot which has been winning numerous awards and accolades.
Emerging countries like India and Mexico, as well as Thailand and England, shared stories of Government, Industry and Academia coming together to create Centres of Excellence to better prepare students for highly skilled careers in Industry 4.0. Unfortunately, Canada appears to be lagging behind with respect to such initiatives. But just last month a Canadian delegation went to Gujaret in India to visit Smart Cities and institutions who are focussing on Industry 4.0 and IOT.
We at AYVA look forward to identifying and partnering with Colleges and Universities in Canada who would like to take the lead on this front.