Niaz Latif, Purdue University Calumet Dean of School of Technology and fellow administrators visited Shuttleworth, Inc. recently to receive a donation of equipment for the university’s new mechatronics engineering technology laboratory.
Shuttleworth, Inc., a leading international conveyor and product handling equipment manufacturer, is providing the laboratory with state of the art Slip-Torque® conveyor technology. The donated conveyor system simulates a pharmaceutical processing application and was exhibited at trade events nationwide. This partnership with Purdue University Calumet (PUC) will provide students with hands-on exposure and learning opportunities in both electronic and mechanical fields.
PUC has teamed with several packaging machinery manufacturers from across the country to develop the country’s first bachelor degree program in mechatronic engineering technology. This degree program was designed to incorporate both mechanical engineering and electronics and will focus a great deal on packaging technology.
In discussing the new program and the additions to the lab Niaz Latif stated that, “with this new mechatronics lab, our students will learn advanced programming techniques, interfacing automated equipment, sensor design, machine design, and troubleshooting.” He also commented that, “students will become prepared to design, install and troubleshoot this type of equipment, making them especially valuable to employers.”
With a growing need for trained technologists to operate the high-speed, intricate equipment that makes up the $6 billion industry, this new PUC packaging lab will be able to supply both the resources and the tools necessary to educate future specialists on the essential skills required to operate the machinery used in the packaging industry.
Carol Shuttleworth, President and CEO, currently serves on the Dean’s Executive Council at the School of Technology Purdue University Calumet and on the Board of Directors of the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute.