The 6h Delta Advanced Automation Design Contest – Delta Cup – was held at Delta´s Wujiang Plant in Jiangsu, China, at the end of July. This year, the contest adopted the concept of advanced industrial automation development from Industry 4.0 and Smart Manufacturing. Under the theme of “Seeking Smart IIoT Talents”, the competition included three major categories: Innovative Machines, Smart Factory, and Better Future Living. This year, the 79 teams that earned a place in the final contest included 62 teams from China, 8 from Taiwan, 3 from Thailand, 3 from India, 2 from Vietnam, and 1 from the newly participating the Netherlands – Fontys University of Applied Sciences. After the fierce competition, the winners of the Grand Prize, the highest honor, went to three schools, including Fontys University of Applied Sciences from the Netherlands, Sun Yat-sen University from Taiwan, and Shanghai Jiao Tong University from China.
The Smart Wrist project from Fontys adopts a Codesys motion control system to drive two sets of servo drives and motors, and controls the 360-degree rotation of two independent wedge disks mounted on bearings. The ROS robotic system achieves robot joint motions and precise horizontal control. It is flexible and extendable. The wrist can be applied in medical surgeries and the robot arm extends the end axis. The advanced robotic technology and highly flexible extendibility is regarded as a practical and potential solution.
“The Delta Advanced Automation Design Contest is an important event for Delta to fulfill corporate social responsibility and cultivate new talents with industry-university cooperation. Through the contest, Delta helps students majoring in industrial automation to utilise their creativity and Andy Liu, General Manager of Delta´s Industrial Automation Business Group. “The demos of the 6th-year event showed many innovative designs and demonstrate that this contest uncovers student potential. We believe these participants will become top talents in their future careers.”