In order to familiarize our students with the various technologies used in Industrial Automation, School of Engineering at GD Goenka University in association with Festo, a leading German manufacturer of pneumatic components and electric drives used for automation, organized an exhibition on Low Cost Automation. For this purpose, a mobile van called ‘Festo Expotainer’ which is a custom built fully equipped exhibition vehicle built on Volvo Chassis having a wide range of Static displays of latest products along with Dynamic Application displays, was brought to the GDGU campus. It was an interactive and informative exhibition where Festo engineer Mr. Arpit Agrawal was explaining the components and their applications. More than 200 engineering students (mostly 2nd and 3rd year) visited the exhibition in small batches of 12 students each.
In this exhibition the students were introduced to the concepts of pneumatic control. The equipment showcased included Process valves, Ultra compact maintenance unit, Valve terminals and CPX, Miniature drives, Actuator handling technology, Stepper and Servo motor applications, Systematic gripping, Tubings, Part sensing and vision apparatus, and complete range of push-in fittings. It also showcased Mechatronic systems designed for various industrial applications such as purely pneumatic pick and place loop mechanism. Videos were also played showcasing the wide range of R&D projects undertaken by Festo in recent years.
All the students enjoyed the experience and found it informative. The engineer from Festoalso mentioned that he was impressed with the students’ eagerness to learn about these latest technologies. Overall it was a good learning experience for the students as well as faculty members and many students plan to use the technology for making bigger and better projects.