New sustainable mechatronics professorship in Lahti
Makron takes part in funding the professorship.
LUT University is establishing a new sustainable mechatronics professorship in Lahti with donated funds. The new professorship reinforces the university's expertise in intelligent system design from the perspective of sustainable development. The aim is to develop new, practical solutions for improving the energy efficiency and sustainability of machines and devices and to educate more professionals with skills in both technology and sustainable development.
"It was natural for us to join in supporting the sustainable mechatronics professorship because Makron is a full-scope provider in the industry, delivering solutions to customers that encompass mechanics, automation, robotics, and machine manufacturing. It's great that we can locally enhance mechatronics expertise and also connect students with companies in the Lahti region," says CEO Johanna Vuopala.
“Sustainable mechatronics is a growing field, and the need to train new experts is considerable. The new professorship focuses on devices and technologies that help us all live our lives more sustainably,” says Aki Mikkola, head of LUT's mechanical engineering department.
Related devices may include smart and energy-efficient industrial robots, electric non-road mobile machinery and vehicles, and systems where humans and robots interact. Also, close and remote control interfaces between employees and production lines can be further developed.
“We should also take greater advantage of virtual and augmented reality to assist machine operators and maintenance staff,” adds Heikki Handroos, professor of mechanical engineering at LUT University.
(Photo: Tommi Mattila)