Omron opens new Automation Competence Laboratory at Istanbul’s TR University
Omron Europe B.V. has established a new Automation Competence Laboratory (ACL) at the Turkish University in Istanbul. Besides enabling visitors to see, experience and even create solutions using Omron control equipment, the ACL plays an important role in the practical education of the students.
Omron opened an automation competence facility earlier this year in Copenhagen, Denmark, and plans to open further facilities throughout Europe. However, this is the first laboratory of its kind to be opened by the company. The laboratory has a two-fold purpose. First, it enables customers and other visitors to see first-hand the solutions to applications and fully understand the complexities and benefits. Second and most importantly, it give students of higher technical education the opportunity to gain vital experience before they go out into the real world of industry.
“For twenty days each month the facility is handed over to the staff and students of the local technical university where the facility is situated,” says Dogan Ugur, General Manager of Omron Electronics in Turkey. “It is an inherent part of Omron’s corporate principles to work for the benefit of society and in this context we feel a commitment to address societal issues. The education of young people is one of those issues because currently students leave university without any practical industrial experience. The new ACL will change that situation.”
Key elements of the ACL are a real machine-testing environment with various manufacturing stations, an expert area with application examples and demonstrations of new and potential technologies, and a laboratory area in which products can be tested and used to build solutions. Future technologies that will be on show to visitors include nano-automation, high-resolution lasers, 100% in-line machine vision systems, flexible and open motion control, gradient temperature control, advanced process control, LCIA (Low Cost Intelligent Automation) and integrated safety systems.
The new ACL in Istanbul is located at the University of TR campus and was officially opened on 23 November 2006 by Ali Coskun, Turkey’s Minister of Trade and Industry.
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