A privileged partnership is gradually developing with Cachan High School, a national reference for technical education. Jean-Luc Petit, the school's deputy director of vocational and technological training, is also an active member and invested with the Symop, to which Heidenhain France adheres. Along with the other members of this organization, J.-L. Petit works to identify the specific needs of the industry, which then allows it and its partners in National Education to create or adapt school and university curricula as best as possible.
It is therefore only natural that the open house project was born, with the intention of giving students and teachers alike, an overview of the evolution of the techniques and tools that are now available to businesses and which these students will use later in the labour market.
Making the prospects for the future in the industrial sector more concrete
On October 4, the specialists of Heidenhain France's sales and technical team took turns making presentations in an amphitheatre and at the foot of a machine, then to exchange with the participants: in the morning with the students, then in the afternoon with the teachers.
The demonstrations were made on a 5-axis milling machine originally equipped with a TNC digital control. To improve performance, the school had acquired pallets and tools, as well as a calibration accessory to ensure optimal geometric definition of machining trajectories.
In the morning, students from a variety of backgrounds and with different levels of knowledge were able to attend a presentation and demonstrations on the themes of draft optimization and programming tips. By familiarizing young people with Heidenhain features, the goal was for them to realize what modernity can bring to the workshop. This has made the prospects for the future in the industrial environment more concrete and has helped to answer students' questions, thus reinforced in their professional orientation.
The teaching staff took over in the afternoon on the benches of the amphi and then in the workshop. Beyond the features already presented to their students in the morning, it seemed essential to remind them of the services and tools that the company provides to them: Lighthouse (the Heidenhain program to support research and teaching) and more specifically HIT(Heidenhain Interactive Training), the multimedia learning system of CN programming. This tool aims, among other things, to help the teaching teams better understand and communicate programming techniques to students.
Christian Roger, a mechanical engineering professor, is enthusiastic: "I really enjoyed the preparatory work with the Heidenhain teams: we had the same concerns and the same objectives, which was to make the most of our equipment to make it an optimal teaching tool. The participants of this day witnessed this: today we have a better control of the 5-axis milling in terms of the management of the benchmarks and the definition of the pivot point. And because the adjustment times have been greatly reduced, the machine can be used more safely and accurately. This makes it a much more didactic and effective tool, which has not failed to interest young people. »
The general opinion is that an event to be renewed!
This day was not an end in itself. The aim was to allow an exchange beneficial for all: students, teachers, but also professionals of Heidenhain France. This teamwork with the Cachan High School helps to adapt the training of young people to the closest to what their work will be later.
It shows that teachers, who like to pass on knowledge adapted to industrial reality, have expressed their interest in these exchanges, which help them to interest their young students.