About WELD 4.0

Project background

The European manufacturing industry is experiencing a new industrial revolution, considered to be the fourth; this leap forward is being called Industry 4.0. The ubiquitous use of sensors together with the expansion of wireless communication and networks, along with the deployment of increasingly intelligent robots and machines, has the potential to transform the way manufacturing is done in Europe. Such a digital industrial revolution holds the promise of increased flexibility in manufacturing, mass customisation, increased speed, better quality and improved productivity.

However, to capture these benefits, enterprises will need to invest in equipment, information and communication technologies (ICTs) and data analysis as well as the integration of data flows throughout the global value chain. Moreover, employees now face the need to fully embrace training for digital skills. Consequently, it is essential for VET to be updated.

Besides the strong use of ICT and automation, manual processes, such as welding, still play a large role in the manufacturing industry. Welders represent a traditional branch with almost no ICT training being implemented. The common approach is classroom face-to-face theoretical training and applied shopfloor welding. Such opposition towards modernisation and new technologies requires a clearly stated concept that builds upon real challenges and working processes. To strive in today's digital world, meeting handling the changes in the workspace, trained welders must increase their IT knowledge.