Omron gifts equipment to Georgian College engineering programs
Automation solutions provider Omron Automation Americas has provided Georgian College engineering technology students with hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of equipment encountered in industrial applications today.
Georgian College engineering technology students now have a wealth of real-world equipment thanks to a generous gift from Omron Automation Americas. A leader in automation solutions, Omron recently gifted the college in Barrie ON with workforce-relevant technology, bringing its cumulative giving to be worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. Omron is also donating software and providing training to faculty so they can enhance their skills on and knowledge of the new equipment.
The success of applied learning programs relies heavily upon students’ access to the latest tools used in industry. Peter Brouwer, general manager of Omron Canada, emphasized that Omron places great value on supporting engineering education values and that Georgian College’s engineering and environmental technologies department presented a welcome opportunity to engage with the future of the automation industry.
“We are proud to be partners with Georgian College, helping students to engage in hands-on learning of automation solutions,” says Brouwer. “The latest technologies in motion control, machine safety, HMI, vision, sensors and control components are available and can be tested together in a learning environment that simulates integrated interactions of total machine automation.”
Georgian College students will be able to put their knowledge into practice by using a new set of programmable logic controllers (PLCs) to simulate assembly line production in one of the college’s electrical labs. In addition to their contribution to labs and classrooms, Omron has also partnered with Georgian College’s Centre for Applied Research and Innovation to help a food and beverage client improve its manufacturing process with new electrical and mechanical capabilities.
To honor Omron’s contribution, Georgian College will be hosting a room naming dedication event on April 25th at its Barrie campus.