NAFEMS Joins New FEM Forging Project
NAFEMS announces today that is a core partner for the new ‘FEM Forging’ international project. The aim of this Leonardo da Vinci Transfer of Innovation project will be to promote the effective use of numerical analysis by using Finite Elements for the present and future workforce, in the forging sector. It will accomplish this by setting out the skills that forging engineers, technicians and designers should have to be competent in using numerical analysis.
Among the activities within the seven sub sectors of Metals Production, the forging, metal coating and mechanical engineering sector is one of the largest, with 158,000 organisations providing employment for 1.4 million people (Eurostat,2006). Challenges faced by this sector therefore have indirect consequences on many other economic areas.The project deliverables will include:
- A new vocational continuous training course programme at basic, intermediate and advanced level.
- An industry needs survey to identify the competencies needed in the forging sector.
- Benchmarking technology for carrying out case studies.
The project will design, develop and validate a catalogue of competencies, an educational program and materials to deliver both e-learning and face to face training on the Simulation Technologies that should be applied to Hot, Warm and Cold Forging Processes.
Users will be both current and future technicians and engineers within the forging sector, VET Students of Second Cycle Mechanical Manufacturing and Students of Industrial Engineering, all wishing to become FEM Forging Specialists.
The FEM Forging project has evolved from the previous EASIT2 and MAIATZ SIMULFORM European projects. Partners of both previous projects are participating in the partnership, with a wealth of FEM experience, along with forging and educational knowledge.
NAFEMS is a core partner on this exciting project, which commenced in October and is set to run for 24 months.
Find out more at www.nafems.org/projects/femforging/