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Industry 4.0 – the goal of the cross-border project of UTM and TUIAȘI

The Technical University of Moldova, in partnership with the Technical University „Gh. Asachi” from Iași, launched the cross-border project “Cross-border cooperation in mechatronic engineering education CBCinMEE”, broadcasted online from Iași and coordinated by UTM. The representatives of the two institutions aim to bring innovations in the field of Industry 4.0.

The project, with an estimated value of 390,000 euros, promotes the strengthening of the collaboration between the Department of Machine Projecting Basics at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Transport (FIMIT) and the Department of Computer Science and Systems Engineering at the Faculty of Computers, Informatics and Microelectronics (FCIM) within the Technical University of Moldova (UTM) and the Faculty of Mechanics within the Technical University “Gheorghe Asachi” (TUIASI), in order to achieve the following objectives: development of the field “Robotics and mechatronics” (Bachelor’s), optimizing the curriculum of courses based on this field, development of a UTM Master’s program based on issues related to the project – “Advanced Mechatronics”.

– The 21st century marked the beginning of the Knowledge Society, involving the Social, Educational, Environmental, Cultural, and Economic aspects. As a consequence of this Knowledge Society, we are witnessing today the dawn of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, generically called Industry 4.0 with its basic components (intelligent autonomous robots, simulation and prototyping, virtual reality, 3D printing/additive manufacturing, cyber-physical systems, the Internet of Things, Data Center technologies, cloud computing). What was the major consequence of these two remarkable decades of the 21st century? Something completely unexpected – the paradox of progress: we get more and more from less and less, a phenomenon called dematerialization. One of the important achievements of this phenomenon are the mechatronic products, said prof. Valeriu DULGHERU, head of the Machine Projecting Basics Department, FIMIT-UTM.

– Industry 4.0, today’s standard, which involves automation, robotics, artificial intelligence, Internet of Things, etc., is a new leap in the industry, and for this, we want to assure appropriate equipment in the university laboratories, with the help of which we can simulate at least segments of this industry, mentioned prof. Gheorghe PRISĂCARU, teacher at TUIASI.

The project was submitted by the Technical University of Moldova in 2018. Following the selection, it obtained a score that ranked it on the third place among the 13 submitted projects (with the same number of points as the 2nd place), within its section. In the attachments, the Technical University of Moldova specified that today, as a society, we live in a “civilization of products”.

In this context, the project director, prof. Valeriu DULGHERU, stated:

– Products generate a standard of living, nurture a level of cultural conduct. Highly complex products often incorporate a spirituality comparable to a book or a work of art. One of the basic trends of the 21st century is the development of industrial products as “smart, with science-intensive content” and “multifunctional” as possible. Expectations that fit perfectly into the paradox of this century – to “get more from less”.

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