Background

In 2010 the dealers of two different car companies in Europe free of charge repaired 14.000 cars produced during a 2 years period. Lack of proper quality assurance systems within their global production workflow has led to unexpected broken springs in the front rears, resulting in several million Euros as additional costs for 2 models and reduced market shares.

This examples demonstrate that Quality Assurance (QA) processes are one of the critical skills and key constraints to economic growth and development in Europe, and a range of new international standards developed support immediate needs for skills development in QA applications and practices. EU directives, harmonized standards, and educational guidelines targeting the interplay with the expanding SME fabrication industry promote new production systems where QA of knowledge-based production is a convenient and necessary tool.

TITUS aims to disseminate from the Leonardo da Vinci pilot project MECCA (2005-2007), a new competence transfer model, a new quality assurance system, and a new pedagogical principle for organizing, delivering, and deploying effective production technology transfer within and between companies, as well as towards VET schools. This training principle will be supported by an online Student Response System for hand-held devices, that is going to be used to enhance interaction and communication in class, e.g. by using multiple choice questions to initate discussions addressing the problem solving process.    

 

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use, which may be made of the information contained therein.

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