Mitsubishi Electric organises National Level Automation competition

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175 Participants from 35 teams would be displaying their innovation

Bilkulonline.com, Ahd Feb 16:  Innovative technological concepts, creative spirit and the quest to achieve success are expected to be the key to winning at the grand finale of Mitsubishi Electric Cup 2018. The two-day event of India’s biggest National Level Automation Competition is being held at NIRMA University in Ahmedabad.

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This is the third edition of the competition popularly known as the “ME Cup” organised by Mitsubishi Electric India (MEI), a leading player in Factory Automation. Each year, MEI invites applications from technical institutions across the country and budding engineers spend a good three to four months proving their mettle in the field of automation. This year, Mitsubishi Electric India’s Factory Automation and Industrial Division (FAID) has received 130 proposals from 66 institutions, across 14 states and finally 35 teams were shortlisted for the competition. With every passing year, ME Cup has gained tremendous popularity among engineering and technical institutions. Last year, the finale was held in Pune amidst overwhelming response and showcased striking innovations based on the theme ‘Intelligent Manufacturing for a Greener Tomorrow’.

The winner team ‘Team Innovators’ from Ajay Kumar Garg Engineering College, Ghaziabad walked away with prize money worth of Rs. 1 lakh. The second place was taken by “Con-Sol-E” from Institute of Technology, NIRMA University, Ahmedabad and received prize money worth Rs. 75,000. “The Innovators” from ISTC, Chandigarh secured the third spot and took home prize money worth Rs. 50,000. All the participants were given certificates of participation.

Each of the projects on display on Day 1 were created by students using Mitsubishi Electric Factory Automation products. This year’s theme is ‘Innovative Solutions for Smart Manufacturing’ under which participants were required to independently design and present a LIVE demonstration of the project. The third edition of the ME Cup was announced in July 2017, where teams had registered and submitted their proposals for the competition. These teams were then required to prepare working models of various industrial manufacturing processes, energy saving solutions, smart solutions for building automation etc. They were provided with technical support, training and Factory Automation (FA) equipment to make the models, on a returnable basis by Mitsubishi Electric India. Students were required to integrate Mitsubishi Electric’s Factory Automation products (including PLC, Servo, Inverter and Human-Machine Interface (HMIs), etc.) and build up and achieve an analogous system of smart manufacturing.

This year, the competition is being organised on much bigger scale, aimed at providing on-field training to budding engineers from across the country and to improve their ability for engineering applications.

Mr. Makoto Yokoyama, Director & Division Head, Factory Automation & Industrial Division, Mitsubishi Electric India said, “We are extremely happy that these budding engineers are making the most out of this competition to prove themselves and get their skills honed by working in  real-time situations. I am sure everyone is looking forward to the exciting competition and eager to know which institution walks away with the coveted Mitsubishi Electric Cup.