CNC automation or robotics has known a sharp increase in recent years. RoboJob stood at the cradle of CNC automation. It even was the first company that developed standard products, which focus specifically on the ever smaller batch sizes of machining companies. In addition, the Belgian company not only focuses directly on its customers, but also on the workforce of its customers. From its own experience - RoboJob was itself founded from a machining company - RoboJob knows for a fact that it is increasingly difficult to find good CNC operators: "The time when you could quickly find a good operator, is very far behind us," explains co-founder and -CEO Helmut De Roovere. "The metal industry is a tremendously exciting sector, where we turn raw metal into products that have their application in aerospace, renewable energy, and so on. It is a sector where you can indulge your passion for technology and innovation. But that is unfortunately not how students and young workers perceive it. That is one of the reasons why the profession of a CNC operator has now become a bottleneck profession. And at RoboJob, we want to do something about that. "
"Let's be honest," says De Roovere, "when you ask our young people how they look at the metalworking sector, they think of a factory where you can have to work hard for a living, during 8 hours per day, in an environment where you do not get too much daylight. Hard work in a not so pleasant environment. The reality is quite different. And that is a message that we need to make clear to the youth."
Technical courses have been on the rise the last couple of years. Youngsters seem to have caught the innovative and technical virus, but do not find their way to machining companies. At RoboJob, one is convinced that it has the right resources to appeal to the youth again: "We see can this ourselves with our own employees: we have a young, dynamic team of technical experts who like to work with mechanics and software. With that passion ,you can not only find a job at RoboJob, but also at a machining company. There, too, we are working with high technology: computer-controlled machines, CAD software, automation, .. We are confident that our industry has all the assets to re-attract young people. And we want to do so together with Harlindis and Relindis. "
Harlindis and Relindis is a school based in Maaseik (Belgium), which transcends national borders and is highly regarded for the quality of its study offerings, and for its close ties with the industry. ‘Bitten by science’ is what is stated in the interest area of the Industry and Engineering website, and this is no coincidence. Youngsters are being encouraged to develop their interests and talents in technology, and the link with the business community is easily made. "That's one of the reasons why we organize a 'Demo Day' every year," says staff employee for Mechanics & Electricity Eddy Mulders. "It is a day that all our students always look forward to, because they can discover new applications in the field. Every year we organize this Demo Day around a particular theme, and this year this is Machining 4.0. Our students from the department of Mechanical Construction and Planning Technologies will receive an advanced training on CNC automation by RoboJob. And then they will take those learnings and conduct the demonstrations to the visitors during the rest of the day."
"For RoboJob this is a great opportunity for our workforce of the future to take up an interest for the profession, as well as for the machining industry. Moreover, we will show how fast our automation can be taught, because the students will start using our automation after only a few hours of training," concludes De Roovere.
The Demo Day on Machining 4.0 will take place on Thursday, October 22nd, 2015 in Building K at the Campus of Harlindis and Relindis in Maaseik (Belgium). Visitors can attend either an afternoon or an evening session, which among other topics will focus on CNC automation, software for sprocket milling, 3D non-contact measurement and energy efficiency with CNC machines.