NMSTU set up three new laboratories

On the Russian Science Day Nosov Magnitogorsk State Technical University launched three research equipment sharing centers. They were set up to follow the priorities of development of the university in research, education and innovation.

The first research equipment sharing center is the VR and AR Laboratory, which is used to train professionals in pass-through digital technologies by involving them into cross-disciplinary projects, and to study a potential application of current VR and AR technologies in education, tourism, power engineering, machinery, architecture and other areas.

The Digital Manufacturing Laboratory includes elements of equipment and software to implement and use in manufacturing processes the latest digital technologies, such as artificial intelligence, cloud-based technologies, the Industrial Internet of Things, big data transfer and analysis and many others. The laboratory offers an operating physical model of a factory, which can be used to flexibly implement various process operations and promptly readjust the process. The laboratory facilities can be used to develop digital twins of technologies and implement them as simulation models of industrial production.

The third center, the Reverse Engineering Laboratory, is a set of technologies, hardware and software required to launch new facilities. Students will perform 3D scanning, engineering, computer simulation and analysis of various objects. They will be trained how to implement R&D projects and to recreate lost technological documentation. These laboratory facilities include 3D printers, 3D scanners and computers to collect, process and create an object model. Reverse engineering is broadly used, especially in mechanical engineering, motor industry and electronics.

“Current professionals entering the market cannot but have new competence in information technologies and skills of process automation”, emphasized Mikhail Chukin, Rector of NMSTU. “It is critical that the laboratories are cross-disciplinary. It means that they can be used to train students majoring in engineering and humanities, receiving higher and secondary vocational education. The centers are also suitable for students of our Project School. Launching three research equipment sharing centers is only a beginning. We will keep establishing new laboratories”.

The research equipment sharing centers will be a great platform for training young professionals. The university is collaborating with the Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works on introducing areas of competence, such as digitalization and process automation, lean production, into curricula of all engineering majors.

   

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