Mitsubishi Electric Cup: Budding engineers battle it out at grand finale of automation contest

Team 'Inferno' from Dayalbagh Educational Institute emerge as winners of competition, take home Rs 1 lakh prize money.

Pune, February 13:
The grand finale of the Mitsubishi Electric Cup 2016 -- the national-level automation competition for students organised by Mitsubishi Electric India’s Factory Automation and Industrial Division (FAID) was held on February 13 at the Vishwakarma Institute of Technology (VIT), Pune. This was the first such competition held by Mitsubishi Electric India, a leading player in Factory Automation. It had been launched in the month of July last year after which the company had invited applications from technical institutions across the country.

The final round that spanned over two days showcased some mind-boggling technological innovations created by budding engineers using products from Mitsubishi Electric Factory Automation.

The winner team ‘Inferno from Dayalbagh Educational Institute, Agra’ walked away with prize worth of Rs 1 lakh. The second place was taken by 'N-Dimension from Vishwakarma Institutes of Technology, Pune' who took home prizes worth Rs 57,000 and ‘“A”utomation from CVR College of Engineering, Hyderabad’ secured the third spot and received prizes worth 50,000 . All the participants were given certificates of participation.

Amidst overwhelming response, the organizing committee of the Mitsubishi Electric Cup shortlisted a total of 24 teams from across the country to compete in the final round.

The theme for the maiden edition of the contest -- in tandem with the environment statement of Mitsubishi Electric -- had been kept as Eco Imagination through Smart Manufacturing. FAID has always been committed to the motto of ‘Eco Changes for a greener tomorrow’. Under the theme, students were required to integrate Mitsubishi Electric’s factory automation products including PLC, servo, inverter and human-machine interface etc, build up and achieve an analogous system of intelligent manufacturing and energy saving management application, based on e&eco-f@ctory concept while taking e-f@ctory system as the trunk.

The competition aimed at providing on-field training to budding engineers from across the country and improving the ability of college students for engineering application, stimulating their interests in learning engineering technology and building up an innovation capacity in them.

Mitsubishi Electric India also supported Vishwakarma Institute of Technology (VIT), Pune with extension of their Factory Automation lab with latest technologies.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Makoto Yokoyama, Director and Division Manager, Factory Automation and Industrial Division, Mitsubishi Electric India said, “I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all participants and supportive members from institutes, organizations and companies who made this event successful. I congratulate all the winners; this competition was designed keeping in mind real-life experiences and challenges that a budding engineer faces. Therefore, the whole idea was to create a similar environment and to provide them real life experiences and training. The theme for our first year was 'Eco Imagination through Smart Manufacturing' so as to encourage students to come up with ideas of technology that have an environment-saving aspect to them.”

Also speaking on the occasion, Mr. Makoto Kitai, Managing Director, Mitsubishi Electric India said “It was a pleasure to witness the young engineers of India with their fresh ideas and Innovation. Mitsubishi Electric Cup is also a part of Mitsubishi Electric India’s CSR initiative which is supporting education and skill development. Mitsubishi Electric India is committed to contribute to the societies it operates in, through a wide range of activities”.

What: Mitsubishi Electric Cup
When: February 12, 13   
Venue: Vishwakarma Institute of Technology (VIT), Pune

About Mitsubishi Electric India (MEI):

With over 90 years of experience in providing reliable, high-quality products, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (TOKYO:6503) is a recognized world leader in the manufacture, marketing and sales of electrical and electronic equipment used in information processing and communications, space development and satellite communications, consumer electronics, industrial technology, energy, transportation and building equipment. Embracing the spirit of its corporate statement, Changes for the Better, and its environmental statement, Eco Changes, Mitsubishi Electric endeavors to be a global, leading green company, enriching society with technology. The company recorded consolidated group sales of 4,323.0 billion yen (US$ 36.0 billion*) in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015.
Mitsubishi Electric in India has grown to become a company offering a wide range of innovative and high-quality products for the Indian market. This includes products and solutions for Air Conditioners, Factory Automation and Industrial Systems, Photovoltaic solutions, Semiconductor & Devices, Transportation Systems and Visual & Imaging. For more information visit: Mitsubishi Electric

*At an exchange rate of 120 yen to the US dollar, the rate given by the Tokyo Foreign Exchange Market on March 31, 2015

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