Within the framework of Initiative 4.0, industrials together with the clusters, universities and the State Government work in the generation of talent and in the creation of specialized laboratories in the different technologies that the new Revolution includes.


An example of that are MIMEC (Monterrey Interactive Media & Entertainment Cluster) and CANIETI (National Chamber of Electronics, Telecommunications and Information Technologies,) which gathering strengths with the Universidad Regiomontana (UR) will build this year a laboratory of the “Internet of Things” and “Big Data Analytics.”


The laboratory will be used by companies requiring it, although the main users will be members of MIMEC for example companies as Kopodo, tresensocial, Render, Playful Interactive Media and Game Starter.


Ricardo Rocha, president of the Interactive Media Cluster, detailed that on the first stage there will be computer equipment and servers with enough capacity to process information; there also will be virtual reality tools with professional equipment, as well as strategic alliances to provide training to students and professionals.


“We want jobs to be generated, economic revenue and intellectual property, to be a center of national and international attraction where professionals came to participate in this laboratory,” Rocha added.


The president of the Software Council Cluster and academic vice rector for Research and Innovation of the UR, Jose Alfredo Galvan explained that the laboratory of the institution will be updated, “it is the largest space to which we will inject new technologies.  MIMEC will be the one providing feedback.  It will be provided with the specifications required by the State industry and will be financed with resources from the mixed Fund (Fomix) between the entity and CONACYT.”


The academic said that there will be a “digital twins” approach inside the production lines in the digital world, for example he said that there will be a manufacturing cell for pieces installing where their functioning could be seen and there also will show virtually how the machinery decomposes; likewise, they will include a “increased marketing” area, where the user will accommodate the home items and other objects to have a preview, in addition with this tool also will be done virtual tours inside the plants, industrial parks, companies, cities and any other place.

“Here business specialist can work; in the marketing area, as strategists 4.0; engineers developing solutions addressed to connectivity, visualizing processes in a different manner; and the creative areas as design and architecture,” Galvan said.


In order to develop specialists in the Fourth Industrial Revolution they will be working in the development of a Creative 4.0 who by the end of the lectures virtual reality technology will be ruling, of digital twins and of entertainment, in addition another professional profile will be worked which will be Technologist 4.0 to dominate the Internet of Things.


“Last year there were more than 200 projects from students that supported the micro and medium enterprises.  There are 89 companies that received graduates in 2017 among them Metalsa, American Standar, Firsa, LTH and HEB,” the professor ended.


The Internet of Thigs is ready

On the other hand, Metalsa develops a project supported by the Universidad de Monterrey where they will be working in the creation of smart chassis inside the laboratory that the Internet of Things institution has, the creation of the product will be fulfilled by experts of the company and by school students.


The director of the Research Consultancy Extension Division from UDEM, Jacobo Tijerina, said that the university is aligned with the industry requirements and from the areas in which it is entering such as the Fourth Industrial Revolution.  The engineer detailed that the UDEM seeks to develop students in Initiative 4.0 through focus groups such as transformation, public policy, talent development, soft technologies adoption and new business models.


“The laboratory has at least 5 technologies immersed in Revolution 4.0; however, it also goes together with the curricula redesign of the study programs and with the business linkage,” the engineer detailed.


While in the Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, doctor Nasser Mohamed Noriega, administrative general coordinator of Research Centers from the Mechanical and Electrical Engineering School, who in addition is a contact of the University for the Initiative 4.0, assured that all schools from the UANL are participating in the 7 work groups from August last year.


“The Center for Innovation, Research and Development in Engineering and Technology from FIME, will have an area specialized in advanced alloys, since Monterrey is forefront of the metal mechanic industry and together with that a thermal and covering processes, as most of the pieces done from any metallic alloy had to have a treatment to be resistant,” said the professor.


He highlighted that it will be sought to concentrate infrastructure and professors to provide them with the best equipment.  He anticipated that a FIME fab-lab will be built for those being curious of manufacturing a device in the Internet of Things and develop their prototypes.


“In the project 4.0 inside the UANL are included 3 specific points to be treated which is to generate spaces too deep in issues and implications from 4.0, as the fulfillments of events and seminars, Networking meetings, broadcasting campaigns, the scientific and technological development is also encouraged for innovative projects,” Mohamed Noriega ended.


Companies as Schneider Electric, Siemens, and Honeywell Apple are only some of the companies with which the Tecnologico de Monterrey has a close linkage for talent development.


According with Ricardo Ramirez Mendoza, responsible of the research in the sciences and engineering area, the university is focused in Smart transportation aiming to add value to companies in the logistics area, with the construction of Smart transportation systems; likewise the Tec is constructing a new building named “Tec Nano” where students and experts will develop projects in the advanced materials area.


“On the other hand we are focused in the cybersecurity area, such as taking care of the data from the companies and responsible use of information,” Ramirez Mendoza said.


Betting on encouraging youngsters to study science and technology careers

To this work is also added the Industrial Model from Horno 3, which emerged aiming to encourage youngsters to study careers focused in science and technology, Luis Lopez said, general director of Horno 3.


“We have the idea of building three additional classrooms; one of them will be of live broadcasts, cameras and microphones will be placed in order for school groups visiting us can see how a knee surgery is done or the assembly of pieces; also a robotics room will be placed and another one of virtual reality, the classroom will include specialized equipment to have the opportunity to know this experience in the State,” said the engineer.

The project will have Fomix resources and federal funds are expected, in addition of making strategic alliances with companies as Festo and HP to acquire equipment.