Competition arena in the DMG MORI showroom
The DMG MORI showroom became the venue for the WorldSkills Competition 2022 Special Edition in the skills CNC turning and CNC milling.
As an official replacement for WorldSkills Shanghai 2022, WorldSkills Germany hosted the WorldSkills Competition 2022 Special Edition from October 10 to 15, 2022 for the the skills CNC Turning and CNC Milling. As a long-time supporter of the competition, DMG MORI made its showroom in Leonberg available. Technical support was provided by the DMG MORI Academy in the form of six CLX 350 V4 machines for CNC turning and five DMU 50 3rd Generation machines for CNC milling.
“DMG MORI has supported WorldSkills vocational competitions for many years because it is important to us to promote young talent worldwide,” explains Jörg Harings, Head of Training DMG MORI Academy. The commitment to the World Cup of Trades is a good example of this. Indeed, the competition enjoys great popularity among young talents. Every two years, the best among them have the opportunity to compete in their discipline and vie for the title. After WorldSkills Shanghai 2022 could not be held due to recurring lockdowns, the event was divided according to occupational groups and moved to local venues – including Leonberg. There were only eleven weeks to organize. “That was a mammoth task,” recalls Jörg Harings, “The result was impressive. We offered a perfect environment at our technology center in Leonberg.”
DMG MORI has already supported the World Skills Championships as a main sponsor six times since 2007 and has been a Global Industry Partner of the umbrella organization WorldSkills International since 2016. This year, the machine tool manufacturer transformed its showroom into an arena. During the WorldSkills Competition 2022 Special Edition, 20 countries competed in CNC turning and 22 countries in CNC milling. The German National Team received a very special honor this year: German Chancellor Olaf Scholz took over the patronage for Team Germany. The audience in Leonberg consisted of industrial customers with apprentice workshops as well as representatives from educational institutions and from politics.
Innovative manufacturing technology for young talent
Already at the AMB in Stuttgart, the WorldSkills competition preparations were held parallel to the special youth show. Here, participants were able to familiarize themselves with the CNC technology that will be used at the WorldSkills Competition 2022 Special Edition. In CNC turning, this is a CLX 350 V4, which proves to be an extremely versatile universal lathe with driven tools and Y-axis. In CNC milling, the junior staff work on a DMU 50 3rd Generation. It marks the entry into productive 5-axis simultaneous machining. Both machines are particularly popular in training workshops and educational training.
Asian participants in the top places
During the competition week, the participants did their utmost to convert their experience from the training week into a good placing. Hongyu Wu and Chujie Zhou from China were rewarded for this with the gold medal in CNC turning and CNC milling respectively. The silver medal winners Nguyen Xuan Thai (Vietnam), Natthawut Phetngam (Thailand) and Hayato Shiozawa (Japan) followed in the CNC turning category – on the basis of the same number of points. Nguyen Thanh Tung (Vietnam) and Kosei Yamashita (Japan) each earned silver and bronze medals in CNC milling.
DMG MORI Sustainability Award
The topic of sustainability is also taken into account in the WorldSkills vocational competitions. Three criteria are decisive here: power consumption, material consumption and the size and weight of the toolboxes brought along. DMG MORI has developed a solution based on TULIP to evaluate the power consumption of each participant for the results achieved. For the first time, the best three in CNC turning and CNC milling were presented with the DMG MORI Sustainability Award. The winners in CNC turning were Hongyu Wu (China), Hayato Shiozawa (Japan) and Nguyen Xuan Thai (Vietnam). In CNC milling, the winners were Chujie Zhou (China), Nguyen Thanh Tung (Vietnam) and Kosei Yamashita (Japan).
Good cooperation with event partners
“DMG MORI was also able to organize the WorldSkills Competition 2022 Special Edition so quickly and smoothly because numerous partners actively supported the event in Leonberg,” says Jörg Harings. Thanks go to Chiron, CWS, Fuchs, Insight KB, Mastercam, Mitutoyo, Paul Horn, Sandvik, Schunk, Siemens and Zoller.
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