According to Prof. Márcio José da Silva, the principal initiator of the agreement with Siemens, the objective of the partnership was the purchase of innovative and high technology industrial automation equipment used in industrial applications, with viable and attractive conditions for an educational institution. “Our goal is to create at PUC Minas one of the largest and most modern university automation laboratories in Latin America, making it a benchmark in terms of technology and automation,allowing training of teachers in the technologies, in order to spread automation knowledge,” said Silva.
“Siemens regards this type of partnership with educational institutions in the industrial automation area as an opportunity to cooperate with educational institutions—in particular, PUC Minas, one of the most renowned in the market,” said Mauricio Barbarulo, Siemens Brazil (www.siemens.com.br) DCS product manager.
“This partnership was made possible due to the strong desire to make a difference, and the synergy between the involved parties, who understand that a partnership like this supercedes the mere question of the enterprise. As a result, it has the potential to produce knowledge that is only possible with the sum of efforts in a common sense way, and with the clear objective to foster technological development in a country lacking in knowledge and talent, especially in the engineering sector,” concluded Carlos Eduardo Boechat Muniz Filho, automation business developer at Siemens Brazil.
Sílvia Pereira, firstname.lastname@example.org, is a freelance journalist based in Brazil.