A group of 44 students including 4 M.Tech and 40 B.Tech (computer science and electronics engineering) students attended a two day industrial tour IATC Siemens: Chandigarh on 7th and 8th Nov, 2014. Faculty members Dr. Sandeep Nagar and Ms. Leesha Aneja escorted the group for the visit. The purpose of the visit was to familiarize students to industrial automation and robotics. Siemens is an electronic leader worldwide and IATC Siemens, Chandigarh is the sole training center for north India.
The industrial visit was planned to give a very valuable exposure around industrial automation and working style. Students took important notes about future prospects in their field of engineering. During the visit to Siemens around 1 hour and 30 min seminar sessions were held, which covered the following details: –
Excellent infrastructure of company and laboratory facilities was presented and students particularly appreciated humility of very knowledgeable training personals about their innovative products. PLC based control systems included analog and digital electronic systems along with pneumatic control for mechanical systems. Students from computer science noted the coding patterns for the control systems whereas students from electronics studied various electronic components and circuits to implement control systems. During the demonstration, it was particularly emphasized that industrial automation systems must be fool proof. Longevity of a solution along with ease of repair is main factors to present an industrial quality solution. Students asked a variety of questions and the people at SIEMENS amply answered them.
Apart from visiting the training facility, a visit to Sukhna Lake added a sense of adventurism in the industrial tour. Students enjoyed boating and general sightseeing too. This particular combination of education & entertainment i.e. ‘edutainment’ is part of constant effort of School of Engineering, to infuse new energy into routine university schedule.