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Factory2Fit Spotlight Feature – R&D Manager Fernando Ubis

Factory2Fit Spotlight Feature

Research and Development Manager Fernando Ubis

Visual Components

We recently caught up with Fernando Ubis, Research and Development Manager with Visual Components, at the company’s headquarters in Espoo, Finland. Visual Components is a leading global provider of 3D factory simulation software that offers machine builders, system integrators, and manufacturers a simple, quick, and highly cost-effective way to build and simulate their total process solutions.

Thanks for speaking to us today Fernando. Could you start by describing your typical working day?

My day starts early in the morning. I go through all of the activities related to current projects and meet with colleagues from different teams (Visual Components Support, Development and Sales teams). My responsibilities vary according to what needs to be done on a given day. I often need to contact many different people, and deal with administrative duties too.

What do you like most about the role?

My favourite part of the role would be working closely with the latest technologies.

How do your professional interests match the objectives of Factory2Fit?

Visual Components acts as the Factory Simulation and Visualisation technology provider for Factory2Fit. My professional interests match the project’s objectives primarily through the link between automation technology and the human side of implementing automation technologies in production environments.

What is unique about Factory2Fit in your opinion?

I think focusing on the link between technology and the human side is quite unique, along with the way the impact will be bidirectional.

What does Factory2Fit have in common with other EU-funded research projects?

The advancement of the technological state-of-the-art is something that Factory2Fit has in common with other EU-funded projects. Also, the positioning of European research at the cutting edge is a common theme across the research projects.

Has anything surprised you in the first six months of the project?

The active involvement of all project partners has been a very positive surprise.

What do you see as the biggest challenge for Factory2Fit?

It can be challenging to get workers (end users) to collaborate – until they see the benefits of collaborating with the project to create new technologies to improve their work.

Could you describe the coordination between Visual Components and the other partners? Do you build on each other’s expertise?

The relationship with partners is smooth and cooperative. The first ‘triangle of coordination’ is formed by the Finnish hub – Prima Power, VTT and Visual Components. We have been working together since the initial proposal stage. In Visual Components, we have since the start of the project gradually begun to collaborate with the other partners too.

Which three key words would you use to describe the overall impact of Factory2Fit?

I would choose ‘Factory of the future’, ‘Human-targeted’, and ‘Innovative’.

Thanks for taking the time to speak to us Fernando. We look forward to more updates as the project progresses.