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The project which we began under the name of MAIATZ around the middle of 2005, is little by little producing tangible results. This is so much the case that we can now confirm that the department of Mechanical Engineering of the MAI now offers a new speciality: Cold Forming.
The creation of MAIATZ
As aforementioned, MAIATZ was created in 2005. The surroundings of Bergara are home to numerous companies that work in or for the Cold Forming sector. That is the reason that many businesses have been prodding the direction of the centre for the inclusion of contents related to Cold Forming within the courses offered by the centre and to develop them in the most convenient way possible. Within this context, there came a moment that the centre decided to respond to these demands, taking the theme on seriously.
The starting shot was so to speak fired at a meeting in which all the parts who were interested partcipated: a representation of the companies which have been the impulse behind the project, the Vicecouncil of Further Education as a representative of the department of Education of the Basque Government, the Direction of the centre and the teachers who were going to work on MAIATZ.
From the beginning it was clear that the MAIATZ proyect fully coincided in both intention and philosophy with the recently created Tknika. Tknika is the Centre of Research into Further Education of the Basque Country. It is situated in Rentería and from its beginnings MAIATZ has formed part of Tknika, together with other projects developed under its tutelage.
MAIATZ’s general trajectory
After the initial implementation there were various tasks to be developed, since everything was still to be done. At the beginning two priorities were to be kept in mind: on the one hand, to adequately plan out the path to follow and on the other, that the teachers of the department of mechanical engineering who were implied should learn about and assimilate the technology in detail. To carry out this training, many tasks had to be carried out. The time spent on the shop floor in the companies which collaborated was important to know about the operator’s work in situ. Another important stage was that directed towards understanding the rules of behaviour which the shaping of the metal wire rod implies. For that reason, with the support of the technical team from the companies, we went to foreign countries to educate ourselves, appealing to the scarce alternatives available when one wishes to learn about Cold Forming.
The training stage was followed by other important ones: creating didactic resources, especially documentation, to be able to develop contents to give classes; the passage to getting the equipment necessary to give practical classes focussed above all on learning how to use, prepare and adjust cold forming machines; and lastly, getting results by integrating Cold Forming in our training courses.
Today we have got to the point at which the whole infrastructure is in swing. Furthermore, the changes as far as training is concerned are an ongoing reality and now we are going into new projects like, for example, that of investigating the possibilities of simulation software. These are the steps that we are taking to better understand the interesting world of Cold Forming, to be able to better understand and predict the reality which we find when we shape the material.