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AB Graphic - Digicon Series 3 Full Machine

Based in Bridlington, East Yorkshire, AB Graphics employs five apprentices every year to help protect and bolster its future workforce.

To ensure apprentices have the necessary workplace ready skills and experience, the consortium is making use of industry-grade training from partners such as Bosch Rexroth’s Drives and Controls Academy.

Mark Thomas, key account and national systems sales at Bosch Rexroth, said: “We will supply AB Graphic with the latest training aids. The equipment will be assembled into an ergonomic bench and suitably set up to demonstrate and teach the principles of motion control, PLC programming and servo drive set-up, enabling students to understand modern machine control systems. Not only will the equipment be available for all students taking a related course, but also for training existing AB Graphic employees.

Components supplied will help make students more familiar with Bosch Rexroth control products leading to a smoother entry into the industry. Phil Robson, operations manager at AB Graphic, said: “The equipment that has been supplied to us is perfectly tailored to support students and teachers at all qualification stages.”

Primarily aimed at pupils in Years 10 and 11, aspiring to an engineering career, Headlands School will manage this part of the project, offering students a GCSE option that will eventually lead to a Level 2 qualification. Students can then move onto a Level 3 and Higher Level 4 (HNC/D) qualification in engineering or apprenticeship at East Riding College or DTA.

Robson added: “This partnership is a great opportunity for practical young people in Yorkshire and it doesn’t have to stop there. While we may attract potential partners in the future, we suggest manufacturers across the UK take note of our framework and build their own unique initiative to improve engagement.”

Bosch Rexroth

Economical, precise, safe, and energy efficient: drive and control technology from Bosch Rexroth moves machines and systems of any size. The company bundles global application experience in the market segments of Mobile Applications, Machinery Applications and Engineering, and Factory Automation to develop innovative components as well as tailored system solutions and services.

Economical, precise, safe, and energy efficient: drive and control technology from Bosch Rexroth moves machines and systems of any size. The company bundles global application experience in the market segments of Mobile Applications, Machinery Applications and Engineering, and Factory Automation to develop innovative components as well as tailored system solutions and services. Bosch Rexroth offers its customers hydraulics, electric drives and controls, gear technology, and linear motion and assembly technology all from one source. With locations in over 80 countries, more than 33,700 associates generated sales revenue of approximately 5.6 billion euros in 2014.

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 360,000 associates worldwide. The company generated sales of 49 billion euros in 2014. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiary and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including its sales and service partners, Bosch is represented in roughly 150 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for further growth. In 2014, Bosch applied for some 4,600 patents worldwide. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to create solutions for a connected life. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.”

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