Universidad Tecnológica de Pereira in Colombia has been awarded Educational licenses for InduSoft Web Studio SCADA software for use in their Ingeniería en Mecatrónica” (Mechatronic Engineering) program. The program serves close to 600 students and has three courses that offer practical training in various specialties in Industrial Automation: Industrial Automation, Industrial Network Communications, and SCADA.
Using the Demo of InduSoft Web Studio, the university has completed three projects. One project was for a coffee dryer, another for home automation, and one project for a plastic injection machine. The program is also currently in development of a project for food and beverage sterilization at elevated pressures, automating a coffee drying process, processing fruit into powder, and IQF (individually quick frozen) foods.
The solution that first introduced the University to the capabilities of InduSoft Web Studio was a lottery raffling system. According to to Julián Eduardo Granados Piraván, one of the professors in the program, “The first advances with the software were realized with the development of a new raffling system for the premier lotteries in the country. This project was developed for the country’s biggest supplier for raffling equipment in our country. From this experience, as teachers we wanted to express this new found knowledge with our students, and to do so we used the trial version of InduSoft Web Studio”
The program has ambitious plans for projects developed with the InduSoft Web Studio SCADA software platform. They hope to integrate InduSoft Web Studio to robotic and CNC equipment, and various PLCs. The program has also acquired a plant for the distillation of alcohol based fuel.
“We know the importance and the potential of Indusoft, which is why we want to explore other forms of interaction with your company, especially being able to certify our students in the use and development of SCADA using Indusoft Web Studio,” Piraván says.
After completion of ongoing projects, the team hopes to share what they have learned with other cities in Colombia through Servicio Nacional de Aprendizaje (SENA), the primary organization for the development of technicians in the country.