With an automated system as the centerpiece, Bystronic and Althaus are joining forces at this year’s HAGA trade show in Herzongenbuchsee to showcase their joint apprenticeship program.
Bystronic Laser AG training center in Niederönz is a hive of activity. Two
aspiring polymechanics are putting together metal beams to form a rectangular
base frame on wheels. Afterwards, plant and appliance engineers will cover the
base frame with aluminum sheets. Later, a motorized conveyor device will be
installed on top of it. Meanwhile, at Althaus AG in Langenthal, automation
engineers are tinkering with the electronic controls that will ultimately put
the automation system in motion.
two teams have been working since February to build an automation system, with
which the apprentices from both Bystronic Laser and Althaus will showcase their
combined efforts at the HAGA trade show in Herzogenbuchsee from April 16 to 19,
2015. Visitors to the show will be able to use the automation system to order
drinks and snacks via a touchscreen. The system will automatically retrieve the
ordered items from a built-in storage shelf and serve them to the visitors.
The apprentices will also be on hand at the booth to talk about their chosen careers. What makes a polymechanic different from a plant and appliance engineer? Are spatial awareness and technical aptitude enough to become a design engineer? What prospects do automation engineers have after completing the apprenticeship program? These are among the many questions pondered by students when choosing an apprenticeship path. The apprentices from Bystronic and Althaus will be on hand to provide answers.