ROMI Sponsors Successful World Skills Event in Brazil
The future of British engineering appears to be in good hands with the UK teams picking up a multitude of medals at the Skills Olympics 'WorldSkills 2015' in Sao Paulo, Brazil. In a stellar night for SEMTA's engineering Team UK, no less than 10 of the 12-person squad won medals, the highest haul in the competition's history.
The 43rd WorldSkills Competition took place at Anhembi Exhibition Parque, São Paulo, Brazil from 11 to 16 August 2015 and was organized by National Service for Industrial Training (SENAI) with machine tools supplied by key event sponsor ROMI.
As the event sponsor, Romi provided its machine tools for the event to support the following skills: CNC Turning, CNC Milling, the Manufacturing Team Challenge, Plastic Die Engineering, Poly-mechanics and Automation, Prototype Modelling and Industrial Mechanics. To support competitors prior to the event, ROMI provided programming and operation training to competitors and experts, in the skill they will compete in.
The machine used for the Polymechanics and Automation category was a ROMI T240 x 1000mm and for the Manufacturing Team Challenge a ROMI D 800 with a SIEMENS 828D control and a ROMI T 240 x 1000mm were the machines of choice. For the CNC Turning challenge a ROMI GL240M lathe with a FANUC 0i-TD control was used whilst the CNC Milling category used a ROMI D800 with a SIEMENS 828D control unit. For the Plastic Die Engineering category, a ROMI D1000AP was specified along with a ROMI EN 75 Plastic Injection Machine. For the Prototype Modelling and Industrial Mechanics challenges a ROMI T240 x 1000mm machine was selected.
Proving his position as one of the very best CNC Turners in the World, Alex Elton, aged 21 from Nuneaton, picked up a coveted Medallion of Excellence. Alex, who trains at Warwickshire and Hinckley College and works in the oil and gas industry for MNB Precision in Coventry, picked up the 'gong' before more than 8,000 people at a glittering closing ceremony.
Aircraft engineer, Shayne Hadland, from RAF Benson in Oxfordshire won a silver medal and was awarded Best in Nation for the highest score of anyone representing the UK in all manufacturing disciplines at the event. It comes at the climax of years of regional heats, national finals, team selection and gruelling hours of intense training to get them to world class standard.
More than 200,000 spectators attended the four -day event, which closed with a glittering ceremony where the results were announced.
Ann Watson, CEO of Semta, the employer led organisation tasked with skilling engineering and advanced manufacturing, which runs the regional and national engineering heats in the run-up to the WorldSkills Finals, says that the team will return home triumphant. ‘’Take a bow Team UK! – you have done Semta and your nation proud. You have surpassed our wildest hopes and most optimistic expectations. Four years of dedication, intensive training and triumph in our regional and national heats, have placed you at the very pinnacle of your generation. Your efforts and achievement will act as a beacon for generations to come – you are the true stars of the 21st Century – and we need to radiate your passion and success far and wide.’’
Semta and sister company, specialist-awarding organisation EAL, are planning a special Parliamentary reception to honour the engineering team's achievement.