Scania Gymnasium student Tobias Gustafsson and his partner Max Freiman, representing Sweden, placed first in the Scandinavian round of the WorldSkills CNC Turning Competition at the recent Verktygsmaskiner 2008 in Göteborg (Gothenburg), Sweden. Working for the first time with a CNC control from Fanuc GE CNC, and with only one day to learn and practice with Fanuc’s Manual Guide i, Gustafsson and Freiman nevertheless bested their competitors, programming and turning the required part to the highest accuracy.
Tobias Gustafsson explains: “We were pitched against Norway and Finland. Each pair had to programme and produce identical parts on identical Emco Turn E45s. The rival teams had CNCs from other manufacturers—ironically, CNCs on which I was trained. However, I found that I could very quickly transfer my skills to the Fanuc CNC running Manual Guide i.”
The end of the story is told with proud satisfaction. “When the judges did their work,” recounts the victorious student, “our finished part was found to have the most accurate dimensions, and thus we won first prize.”
Explains Tord Käck, general manager and sales manager with Fanuc GE CNC Nordic AB in Sollentuna, Sweden, “Manual Guide i was designed to be a very intuitive workshop programming software, and operators find Fanuc CNCs very user-friendly.”
Gustafsson won the Swedish milling competition as well, so he now proceeds to WorldSkills Calgary 2009 in September of next year to face competitors from around the world. WorldSkills showcases excellence in skilled trades and technologies training.
“We wish him every success,” says Käck.
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