IIoT course@IISc: Sensors & Actuators (Week 2)

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Dear friends,

Last friday (20th January) was my second class of the Industrial IoT course that I’m taking at CCE, IISc as part of proficiency program. Before the class, the whole day I spent in Peenya Industrial Area having discussions with various manufacturers of Transformers, control panels and electrical switchgears discussing the maintenance related issues they are facing after the installation. These discussions gave me greater food for thoughts for my class that was starting at 6PM.

I started my class by giving the overview of the entire course which I fine tuned based on the participant’s reason for joining the course. I had also got some interesting feedback from them about the course format over email, which in a way helped me get some idea about their expectation from the course. I spent most part of my class talking about Sensors and Actuators. I had prepared slides of various Sensors and Actuators, which are very popular in Manufacturing Industry. I also spent sometime in explaining on how these sensors and actuators are integrated with the embedded devices. We also had fair bit of interaction in terms of the working and applications of various sensors and actuators that I presented.

As you’d know from earlier posts the important objective of the course is to expose Industry problem statements to the participants. With this in mind I handed over the last half an hour of the class to Mr. Shankar Kashyap, Co-founder and Director of SVG Control Systems Private Limited. He runs a factory which employs more than 50 people in Peenya that manufactures industrial control panels. He shared the products that his company offers and also about the netegrities involved in manufacturing industrial control systems. He was happy to share his customer pain points in the order of increasing magnitude and also mentioned the benefits his company would have in case we solve those problems using the tools that we were discussing in the class. Interestingly most of the problems that he defined in the class can be solved using Internet of Things.

I could sense the participants are responding very positively to the methods that I’m adopting by looking at their participation in the class and also by seeing the assignments that they are submitting. I could see very interesting problems stated by them in their assignments, which I’ll be discussing in the class next week. I’ve also asked them to identify the sensors and actuators that can most likely be used to solve the problems, which they have defined.

For the coming Friday (27th January) I have invited another entrepreneur from manufacturing background, who also has very interesting problems at his facility that can be solved using Internet of Things. More on it in my next post.



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