The automation solutions company is providing “hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth” of real-world equipment in a move to help strengthen engineering education. It is also donating software and providing training to faculty so they can enhance their skills on and knowledge of the new equipment.
Students will be able to put their knowledge into practice by using a new set of programmable logic controllers (PLCs) to simulate assembly line production in one of the college’s electrical labs.
“We are proud to be partners with Georgian College, helping students to engage in hands-on learning of automation solutions,” said Peter Brouwer, general manager of Omron Canada. “The latest technologies in motion control, machine safety, HMI, vision, sensors and control components are available and can be tested together in a learning environment that simulates integrated interactions of total machine automation.
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In addition to the technology contribution, Omron has also partnered with Georgian College’s Centre for Applied Research and Innovation to help a food and beverage client improve its manufacturing process with new electrical and mechanical capabilities.