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2013-08-05
ME Students seize the Grand Prize in National Competition

A team of PolyU’s Department of Mechanical Engineering undergraduate students showed their prowess in creativity and knowledge in Mechanical Engineering by winning the Grand Prize in a national innovation competition. This is the top and the only one Grand Prize out of 67 participating teams from all over the country.

The 7th “Mitsubishi Electric Automation Cup” National Automation Contest & Automation Innovative Design Contest,  held in Nanjing, China from 5 to 9 August 2013,  was co-organized by the Chinese Association of Automation and Mitsubishi Electric (China) Co. Ltd. along with the coordination of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Based on the theme “eManufacturing” this year, contesting teams have to design and setup a set of innovative devices or models which should be able to apply relevant automation products of Mitsubishi Electric. The designed product was supposed to go along with the development trend of automation technology, with a practical significance and an application background.

During the contest, all the teams made live demonstrations of their designs and provided answers to the questions raised. They were praised by the judges in the automation industry for their outstanding performance, passion and practical abilities.

The team formed by eight undergraduate students from the BEng in Mechanical Engineering programme, including  CHAN Cheuk Nam, CHAN Ting Him, JING Mingyuan, KAN Chun Fu, NG Yat Hei ,SIU Chi Ho, TONG Chun Hin and WONG Tsz Fung, with their design “eManufacturing Line for Canned Plant” to illustrate the integration between enterprise information management systems and Factory Automation (FA) control systems with the data sharing among the Manufacturing Execution System (MES) , Enterprise Resources Planning (ERP) systems and the FA field control system. 

Through the system, customers can order the canned plants with their preference (including selecting plant species and pattern), and then the order could be sent to ERP order management system which will then generate manufacturing plan based on the BOM and the manufacturing process. According to the manufacturing plan, MES will control a series of machines to execute manufacturing processes, including arraying recycled cream cans, placing soil, seeds and fertilizer into the can, packaging, and sort the finished products. Thus, the system automates the manufacturing processing with customization.

As the Grand Prize winner, the team will go on a sponsorship field trip to visit the Mitsubishi Electric manufacturing facilities in Japan.

The 1st National Automation Contest for the College Students was initiated and organized by Mitsubishi Electric (China) Co. Ltd. in 2007. The contest provides an innovative and practical platform for the students to realize their creative ideas with the advanced Mitsubishi Electric automation products. The contest also aims at improving the students’ comprehensive abilities of automation product application and enhancing their practical abilities with the purpose of applying what they have learned.