Mitsubishi Electric, world’s leading electric and electronics company has been known for promoting young talent in the field of electronic engineering by organizing the Mitsubishi Electric Cup (ME Cup) every year for the past three years. The fourth edition of the event started on July 18, 2018 and concluded on 16th February 2019 at Manav Rachna International Institute of Research and Studies, Faridabad. Incepted in 2016, the ME Cup has emerged as the biggest national level automation competition in India that challenges many collegiate engineering teams to design, build, and present factory automated, innovative working models. The 4th installment of the event witnessed several innovative project submissions. All participating teams were backed by Mitsubishi Electric India’s technical support team and were provided with essential Mitsubishi Electric Factory Automation products such as Programable Logic Controllers (PLCs), Human Machine Interface (HMIs), Servo Motors, Variable Frequency Drives etc.
The two-day competition saw some incredibly innovative project displays built by the participating teams on the theme of Digital Industry through Smart Imagination’. These models provided smart solutions for building automation, and industrial manufacturing processes, among others. The team from D.K.T.E. Society’s Textile & Engineering Institute, Ichalkaranji won the competition and was awarded the winner trophy and a cash prize of Rs. 1,00,000. The runners-up trophy and a cash prize of Rs.75,000 was bagged by Institute of Technology, Nirma University, Ahmedabad followed by MKSSS’S Cummins College of Engineering for Woman, Pune that was awarded the third prize of Rs 50,000 and a trophy. They also received the award for the Most Popular Team. An appreciation prize of Rs 10,000 along with a certificate each was given to 15 selected teams. All participating teams were also given certificates of participation from Mitsubishi Electric India.
The competition was divided into three legs:
System Design and Presentation: This required participating teams to focus on the theme of Digital Industry through Smart Imagination, and independently design and produce a complete set of devices/models by using Mitsubishi Electric Factory Automation products.
Basic Knowledge: This involved questions on programmable logic controllers, inverters, human-machine interface, servo motors and factory automation network, with an aim to examine students’ understanding of Mitsubishi Electric products and factory automation technologies.
System Design and Presentation: This involved the final project design and presentation to the judges.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Katsunori Ushiku, Managing Director, Mitsubishi Electric India Pvt. Ltd. said, “Congratulations to the winners of the 4th edition of Mitsubishi Electric Cup. Mitsubishi Electric is giving a platform to students to work as a team, innovate and excel in the field of Factory Automation which ultimately contributes to the National Mission of Skill Development. As a mega-prize, Mitsubishi Electric will sponsor a visit to its Headquarters in Japan for Gold Cup Winners. The students will get an opportunity to witness the world-class manufacturing facilities at Mitsubishi Electric’s Factory Automation Factory in Nagoya, Japan. We hope that our initiative will help young minds to innovate in their future endeavors.”
Dr. Amit Bhalla, Vice President, Manav Rachna Educational Institutions said, “We are honoured to be chosen to organize the fourth edition of Mitsubishi Electric Cup. The working models showcased at the competition were a clear sign of emerging innovation in India and reflect the growth potential of our nation’s budding engineers. Manav Rachna has robust research, innovation and an entrepreneurial ecosystem with many international accolades in the sphere of technological innovations. Competitions such as these broaden the spectrum of students. I congratulate Mitsubishi Electric for its unmatched role in developing and honing the skills of young engineers.”