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The 4th Delta Advanced Automation Design Contest –
Winners Go to Chung Yuan Christian University (Taiwan) and HeFei University of Technology (China)
The 4th Delta Advanced Automation Design Contest had just been held at Delta’s Wujiang Plant in Jiangsu, China, from July 24-26. A total of 74 teams from 68 colleges and universities in China, Taiwan, Thailand and India earned a place in the final contest. After two days of fierce competition, the winners of the “Special Award”, the highest honor, went to:
˙Chung Yuan Christian University “Intelligent Co-Factory” Team ( Taiwan) built the IoT smart factory with shared manufacturing equipment for customized products, echoing the competition theme of smart manufacturing.
˙HeFei University of Technology “Hu Bing” Team (China) presented a vision-based programming-free system for robot control, perfectly integrating tracking technology, dual-camera positioning and three-dimension algorithm to achieve simple and programming-free track design and control of robot operation.
The 4th Delta Advanced Automation Design Contest adopts the concept of advanced industrial automation development from “Industry 4.0” and “Made in China 2025”. Under the theme of “Seeking Smart Manufacturing Talents”, the competition included three major categories: “smart machines”, “smart robot”, and “smart manufacturing”. This year, the 74 teams who earned their places in the final contest included 56 teams from China, 6 from Taiwan, 5 from Thailand and 3 from India, making this competition an international event. Aside from the Special Awards, the First Prize, Second Prize, Third Prize and Editor’s Awards were also presented among the other 72 teams at the award ceremony on July 26. (Please go to
http://mkt.deltagreentech.com.cn/2017/jingsai/winnerslist.asp for detailed information)
At the award ceremony, Delta Group Chairman Mr. Yancey Hai said, “The manufacturing industry worldwide is going through a major transformation toward smart manufacturing, and ‘Industry 4.0’ and ‘Made in China 2025’ are highly focused due to this global trend. Delta, focusing on caring for “Environmental Protection, Energy-saving, and Our Green Earth”, values the development of advanced education and conducts various academia-industrial cooperation projects. The Delta Advanced Automation Design Contest is one of the most important projects, and we have successfully discovered many talents with innovation and creation through this contest.”
The general manager of Delta Industrial Automation Business Group, Mr. Andy Liu, pointed out at the opening speech, “Smart manufacturing is the future of manufacturing industry, as well as the foundation of ‘Industry 4.0’ and ‘Made in China 2025’. To achieve this goal, we need more talent, and that is why Delta, as a world-class industrial automation brand, keeps working on academia-industrial cooperation to cultivate and find more talent. We provide great opportunities like Delta Advanced Automation Design Contest to encourage more students devoting to this field, experience the industrial environment and prepare for their future career in this field.”
During the 3-day final contest, contestants needed to pass two stages including team competition and a championship contest followed by a proposal introduction, demo kit display and Q&A session with the judges. At the team competition, all 74 contestants presented their ideas and demonstrated demo kits’ functions and features to all judges. Finally, 15 teams out of the 74 were chosen to compete at the championship contest, where they have to conduct project presentation, on-site demo and Q&A session.
Many creative and outstanding ideas were brought up by contestants during the contest:
Seeking Smart Manufacturing Talents ˙Chung Yuan Christian University (Taiwan) “Intelligent Co-Factory” Team - IoT Smart Factory with Shared Manufacturing Equipment for Customized Products (Special Award):
Based on the idea of shared smart production line, the “Intelligent Co-Factory” designed an automated smart coffee bean roasting production solution. This solution adopts Delta’s industrial PC and SCADA system to acquire customer orders and machine operation information. Once the order is given, the PLC will control the system to pull the required amount of coffee bean (by weight measurement) into the roaster and setup roasting time and temperature to automatically execute coffee bean roasting according to customer requirement. Delta’s machine vision system were also applied to ensure the roasting status of coffee beans, and automatically pulls roasted coffee beans in to cups for sealing. This solution integrates IoT technology, smart control and automation technology and monitoring software, and can be applied to co-production line for small companies. This project is a perfect interpretation of smart manufacturing and won the Special Award.
˙HeFei University of Technology (China) “Hu Bing” Team - Vision-based Programming-free System of Robot” (Special Award):
This solution uses motion and tracking technology, along with dual-camera machine vision detection and positioning to capture the trace made by motion of teaching bar or human hands. With the trace captured, the system conducts trajectory segmentation and transcoding into executable motion instructions for robot controller to complete robot operation path planning. Users can also draw any operation track in software for the robot to execute without editing any complicated programs. The innovative project and demo brought the honor of Special Award to the “Hu Bing” Team.
˙LisHui Vocational and Technical College (China) “Pioneers of LisHui Vocational College Team” - Everyone Loves Moss (Editor’s Award):
This project relies on automation and features smart cultivation and production in growing moss base on customer’s demand. The whole system structure can be categorized into three layers:
- Management layer: achieves remote monitoring and management for production site
- Equipment layer- completes nurturing a variety of moss cultivation in trays
- User-layer: uses mobile APP to select types of moss and to remote monitor and control production information.
The project is well thought and commercial and received the Editor’s Award from the media.
˙LPU University (India) “PICASO” Team - PICASO 4.0 (First Prize):
The PICASO 4.0 is a Vertical Laser Engraving Automated Solution that integrates Delta’s CNC controller and a multi-axis motion control robot. The solution allows the equipment to move horizontally, and can directly perform laser engraving on various materials including brick walls, concrete, glass, timber, and more. As an utterly innovative solution that does not constraint by horizontal workspace, it can also opt for a variety of tools for painting and cutting.
˙Kasetsart University (Thailand) “12M” Team - Fertilized Egg Inspection Automation Machine (First Prize):
The Fertilized Egg Inspection Automation Machine adopts the Delta’s Machine Vision System that effectively substitutes the conventional human eye inspection. When eggs are placed on the backlighted tray, Delta’s Machine Vision System can recognize whether the eggs are fertilized by inspecting gray scale of the illuminated eggs, and those detected with embryo will be further nurtured. This solution can inspect 42 eggs or more at one time with high accuracy rate of 95%, and helps to save a great amount of labor cost, and increase inspection efficiency and yield.
˙National Taipei University of Technology (Taiwan) “Checkmate” Team – Chaos Handling / Intelligent Game Player (Second Prize):
The Checkmate utilizes an artificial intelligence algorithm for backgammon that can identify participants’ move to analyze their strategies, and is equipped with Delta’s SCARA Robot and Open CNC Controller to play chess with participants. This solution can be further applied as a large-scale machine learning approach for smart manufacturing in the future, where these simulations resemble factory processes such as assembly, sorting, machining, and more. It is a perfect collaboration of AI and smart machines.
During the final contest, Delta also organized abundant activities and keynote speeches, including factory and laboratory visits to the Delta Wujiang Plant, “Smart Manufacturing Trend & Chance and Challenge of Industrial Robot”, seminar for teaching experience sharing and employment forum. All attendees were very satisfied with the substantial arrangements and the opportunity to learn more about Delta, and they enjoyed the interaction and information exchanges with their teammates as well as other contestants.
Andrea Wang, one of the members of the Special Award winning team Chung Yuan Christian University “Intelligent Co-Factory”, said, “It was a valuable experience to participate the Delta Advanced Automation Design Contest. It was a great trial of our technique and learning, and we’ve learnt so much about the industry and knowledge from Delta, judges, experts, and other contestants during the final contest. I’m grateful for all their suggestions and instructions. Also, seeing the operation of an international company like Delta will definitely help me and my teammate for our future career.”
As a world-class industrial automation brand, Delta has been working on enhancing industrial technology while sharing experience and techniques to talents through academia-industrial cooperation. Since 2008, Delta has launched academia-industrial cooperation project with dozens of colleges and universities in Taiwan and China, including donating automation products, build up “Delta Laboratory”, and more. Delta also plans to extent this project to other Asian countries such as Thailand and India, hoping to cultivate and find more talents for the “Automation for a Changing World”.
Various Activities, Abundant Experience
“Seeking Smart Manufacturing Talents” - The 4th Delta Advanced Automation Design Contest at Wujiang, China
(From left to right) Delta GreenTech China Vice Chairman Jimmy Yiin, Deputy Director of Automation Steering Department of Industry & Information Vocational Education Teaching Steering Committee Jian-Xiong Di, Wujiang District Party Committee Member Xiao-feng Xu, Delta IABG General Manager Andy Liu, Chinese Association of Automation Vice President Shao-yuan Li, and Deputy Director of Taiwan Affairs Office of Suzhou Municipal People’s Government Yong-sen Zhou inaugurate the final test
Delta Group Chairman Mr. Yancey Hai encourages efforts for innovation to elevate development of future manufacturing at the award ceremony
Mr. Andy Liu, General Manager of Delta Industrial Automation Business Group, pointed out at the opening speech that “Smart Manufacturing” is the future of manufacturing industry, and requires more talent to achieve this goal
The 4th Delta Advanced Automation Design Contest opening ceremony at Delta’s Wujiang Plant
74 teams gathered from Mainland China, Taiwan, Thailand and India to compete at the final contest
The judges pay a visit to every team and listen to the introduction of the design concept and demo display
Every team practices their skills and creativity through deploying automation equipment
The team from India participated the contest for the first time and presents their design and project to the judges
15 finalists present their design concepts and entry demos to the judges to compete for the championship
Kasetsart University “12M” Team from Thailand presents the design concept and displays the demo of “Fertilized Egg Inspection Automation Machine” on stage and answer judges questions at the final contest
Delta Group Chairman Mr. Yancey Hai (left 3) presents the Special Awards to Chung Yuan Christian University “Intelligent Co-Factory” Team (left) and HeFei University of Technology “Hu Bing” Team (right)
Chung Yuan Christian University “Intelligent Co-Factory” Team from Taiwan wins the Special Award with the “IoT Smart Factory with Shared Manufacturing Equipment for Customized Products” project
HeFei University of Technology “Hu Bing” Team from China wins the Special Award with the “Vision-based Programming-free System of Robot” project
LisHui Vocational and Technical College “Pioneers of LisHui Vocational College Team” from China wins the Editor’s Award with the “Everyone Loves Moss” project
LPU University “PICASO” Team from India wins the First Prize with the “PICASO 4.0” project
Kasetsart University “12M” Team from Thailand wins the First Prize with the “Fertilized Egg Inspection Automation Machine”
National Taipei University of Technology “Checkmate” Team from Taiwan wins the Second Prize with the “Chaos Handling / Intelligent Game Player”
The media interviews a student contestant
Mr. Peter Peng, Director of Robotic Automation Business Dept. at IABG, shares the challenges and future trend of industrial robots at “Smart Manufacturing Trend & Chance and Challenge of Industrial Robot”
Delta hosts an employment forum with guest speakers to share their valuable experience with students
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