New Mechatronics Engineering Technology Laboratory Developed

Purdue University Calumet’s School of Technology introduced a new state-of-the-art laboratory developed as a joint partnership between Mitsubishi Electric Automation (MEAU) and Purdue University Calumet. The laboratory includes 5 Automation Simulation rack units utilizing the newest available technology donated by MEAU. These rack units have programmable logic controllers, human machine interfaces and PC-based icon-driven programming tools.

As the region strives for STEM-based programs to meet workforce needs, this automation facility supports both Purdue University Calumet students and regional industry. The lab provides application-oriented experience to students in the mechatronics engineering technology baccalaureate degree program, which prepares technologists to design, build and service the complex, high-speed machinery used in the fast-growing packaging industry. Working in an environment of “real-world” equipment helps to make students more attractive to employers because they have the necessary knowledge and experience to use that knowledge right away.

“This is a win-win partnership between industry and the University. Students will have the opportunity to learn in a modern automation laboratory and Mitsubishi customers benefit through access to a training facility at a convenient location,” said Niaz Latif, Dean, School of Technology.

This laboratory could not have been developed without the generous support and donation by Mitsubishi Electric Automation. “Working with the faculty at Purdue Calumet’s School of Technology has been a privilege. Our involvement in the development of a world class training facility utilizing Mitsubishi Electric hardware, software, and training curriculum has been very rewarding,” said Mark Werthman, Sr. Manager Technical Support Group, Mitsubishi Electric Automation.