At the closing ceremony of the 20th Machine Tool Congress, representatives from both organizations were presented with the award


Last week San Sebastián was the capital city of Machine Tools. On Friday, the Minister of Economic Development and Competitiveness, Arantxa Tapia, headed the closing ceremony of the 20th edition of the oldest industrial congress, which this year had drawn over 300 people to the Basque Technology Park in Miramon.

In addition to Arantxa Tapia, other people who attended the closing ceremony were Antxon López Usoz, President of AFM, Jon Peli Uriguen, Innovation Delegate for the Provincial Council of Gipuzkoa, and Andrés Zabara, Director of Promotion and Cooperation at CDTI (Centre for Industrial Technology Development).

During the closing event, the Congress’ awards were given out. Leire Godino, a student in the Machine Tool Lab—which is sponsored by AFM—at the School of Engineering at the University of the Basque Country’s Bilbao campus, received the award for best Final Year Project at a School of Engineering for her work “Characterization of CBN Grinders for Grinding Superalloys”.

The Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of the Basque Country was given the 2015 Award for Best Presentation by the Scientific and Technical Committee for their presentation “Turbine Manufacture and Repair Using Five-Axis Laser Tools”, a category that had four papers.

Finally, the company Korta, in collaboration with CEIT-IK4 and Tecnun, received the 2015 Award for Most Innovative Presentation by a Company for their paper “Quality Control in Ground Screws via the Non-destructive Magnetic Barkhausen Noise Analysis (BNA)”.

In the video below, CEIT-IK4 researcher Kizkitza Gurruchaga, expert in nondestructive testing, talks about the study.

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