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Tech Lab Designs Progress for Supply Chains

Thu, 09/01/2016 - 10:56

Q: What is the scope of CIATEQ’s contribution to the automotive industry?

A: The Center for Advanced Technology (CIATEQ) is an advanced technology center that possesses significant human and infrastructure capacities for the design, modeling and manufacturing of machinery used in many industries, including the automotive sector. The facilities in Aguascalientes, San Luis Potosi and Hidalgo have developed the greatest number of projects for the sector. Between 2007 and 2015, CIATEQ conducted 83 technological development projects and 133 services for the industry. Projects conducted for VW, GM, Nissan and Honda stand out among our most successful collaborations, as does our support for the improvement of production processes at Tier 1 companies, namely Valeo, Mahle, Sealed Power, Delphi, Hutchinson and Moresa.

CIATEQ is collaborating with CIDESI and COMIMSA in the creation of the Center for Engineering in Dies and Tools in San Luis Potosi. The center will focus on the design, manufacturing and testing of molds, dies and tools with applications in diverse industries, especially automotive. The center will be the first of its class in Mexico and will give a strong boost to companies in the value chain dedicated to input manufacturing using different tools. The center is expected to gradually end imports of molds and dies by domestic companies.

Q: What strategies has CIATEQ employed to promote its engineering services to newcomers?

A: We have ties with industrial chambers that have helped us establish relationships. CIATEQ constantly takes part in meetings of associations such as AMIA, CANACINTRA, COPARMEX and ANIPAC, where we can offer our technological capacities to industry representatives. We also help organize events that benefit the sector such as the Forum for the Development of Mexico’s Auto Parts and Vehicle Industry, held annually in Aguascalientes.

Q: What is the extent of CIATEQ clients’ involvement in the design and engineering processes of new components? 

A: The design and engineering of special devices and machines is among CIATEQ’s main strengths. For a long time, collaboration with clients was achieved through traditional face-to-face meetings during the conceptual, basic and detailed engineering stages. Our engineering rooms now enable us to work in different cities and review jointly, in real time, the advances made on projects, especially regarding design and the inclusion of new concepts. This way, our clients can contribute with fresh ideas during the project’s execution stage.

CIATEQ also has the necessary infrastructure to perform virtual manufacturing projects or simulation of production processes for unitary or global operations. It is a very useful tool, especially when there are equipment or systems that need to be integrated or removed from the production line, or when production lines need modifications. The use of this simulation tool saves important economic resources and time when companies need to make modifications to their processes.

Q: What expertise can CIATEQ offer as a metrology and testing partner, especially for SMEs that plan to enter the market and establish their supply chain?

A: CIATEQ has the infrastructure to offer calibration, measurement and testing services. It complies with the characteristics required for a type II laboratory in accordance with the ISA-RP52.1 regulation, which is used to regulate environments for standard laboratories. This laboratory employs highly qualified personnel and has a Quality Assurance System accreditation from the Mexican Accreditation Entity as a calibration and testing laboratory. It also has ISO 9001:2008 certification, which guarantees it complies with the requirements to be a supplier for companies that have ISO 9000 systems. We offer services to calibrate according to mass, temperature, length, pressure, flow volume, force and electricity. We also offer certified calibration masses manufacturing, consulting for the accreditation of laboratories, metrology courses and collaborations with laboratories in the MESURA Interinstitutional Network to calibrate by other dimensions, such as time and frequency.