Combined visit to the Museum of Machine Tools and Ideko IK4 (Elgoibar, Gipuzkoa)
The evolution of manufacturing technologies: from preindustrial manufacturing to Industry 4.0
The Museum of Machine Tools pays tribute to the forge workers of Elgoibar, the actual founding fathers of the town itself. The iron industry that they pioneered still accounts for a large portion of the local work activity, and holds a good reputation internationally.
The museum’s installations and functioning machines give visitors the opportunity to observe unique manufacturing procedures and enjoy technical descriptions and practical examples of several machining methods. Moreover, the museum offers the younger generations a valuable experience to make sense of the origin and evolution of the different technologies used in machine manufacturing processes.
IK4-Ideko is a technology and research centre that specialises in manufacturing technology and industrial production. Their goal is to generate and develop new technologies that provide efficient answers to industry’s current and future challenges.
The specialisation in manufacturing technologies allows them to provide advanced solutions to improve output and competitive capabilities in sectors such as machine tools, railway, aeronautics, capital goods, automotive industry, and energy, among others.