FlexSim helps open new laboratory at Brazilian university

The College of Applied Sciences of the State University of Campinas (Unicamp) recently unveiled their new Production Engineering Laboratory. Under the direction and vision of Unicamp instructors, the lab was ultimately brought to life through generous donations by FlexSim Brazil and Grupo Engenho.

Students and professors will now be able to learn and research in the space, which includes eight computers equipped with licenses of FlexSim simulation software and other production engineering packages, learning resources for lean production, and a meeting room complete with multimedia.

Unicamp Production Engineering Lab

Students, professors, and members of the community mingle at the Production Engineering Lab.

The grand opening took place on November 10, 2015, and was attended by local leaders in business and academia—notable figures include Peter Schulz, Director of Unicamp’s School of Applied Sciences, and Fábio Kapitanovas, Vice President of Human Resources and Management at Ambev. Many of the attendees at the opening also participated in a lean simulation production workshop, which took place at the new lab facilities on November 11 and 12.

The Production Engineering Lab has already produced some exciting work. Lucas Constantino Delago, a student at Unicamp, received the Scientific Merit Award for his research on the improvement of product location and pallet assembly in a distribution center. The award is the highest honor a graduating student can receive from Unicamp. As a result of the project, Lucas was hired by Grupo Engenho and his research has already been implemented.

“This is the type of partnership we seek—those which promote mutual earnings for both the college and the companies,” said Professor Cristiano Torezzan, who is the coordinator for the lab. “I am sure that this was only possible due to the joining of two crucial elements: the technical capacity of the student and the total opening given by Grupo Engenho in relation to the wide access to the data as well as the total commitment of the student in the real problem.”

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