The Fraunhofer Project Center for Advanced Manufacturing @ ITA (FPC@ITA) supported the organization and execution of the Workshop InLab „Certification of Tool Manufacturers“ on December 4, 2020. The online event was promoted by the Research Development Foundation (FUNDEP) and a total of 60 industrial participants attended the event, representing different companies of the Brazilian automotive and tool making value chains. In addition to the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Systems and Design Technology (IPK) and the Aeronautics Institute of Technology (ITA), the Institute for Technological Research (IPT) and the National Service for Industrial Apprenticeship (SENAI) also supported the organization and execution of this event.

As part of the Line IV – „More competitive Brazilian Tool Manufacturers“ from the program Rota 2030, the main goal of this workshop was to collect needs and requirements of OEMs, tool manufactures and other tiers of the Brazilian automotive sector for the co-creation of a project proposal that addresses the topics of qualification & certification. Christian Dihlmann, president of the Brazilian National Die & Tooling Association (ABINFER), emphasized in his introductory speech the importance of such a long-term structuring measure to enhance the productivity of tool manufacturers, focusing both at technical and organizational aspects in the companies. Before the participants were divided into smaller discussion groups, Mario Boccalinni, researcher of IPT and member of the technical coordination of Line IV, presented a brief overview of a draft proposal for the development of a qualification methodology for Brazilian tool manufacturers. Fraunhofer IPK, ITA and SENAI are the key partners involved in this initiative. Afterwards, the workshop participants filled out a questionnaire and jointly discussed questions involving the importance of a maturity model for the sector as well as challenges and opportunities in becoming an OEM supplier and cooperating in an international project. The workshop results will be evaluated and published between December 14 and 18, 2020.

The FPC@ITA is pleased to be part of this important initiative and to support the increase of competitiveness of the Brazilian tool manufactures by promoting their qualification and certification according to the most important international standards of the automotive industry.

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