A team of three engineering students of Lovely Professional University recently bagged ‘Level One Position’ at the 4th Delta Automation Contest-2017, which was held in Suzhou City, Jiangsu Province of China from 23-26 July. More than 75 Asian teams from China, India, Taiwan, and Thailand competed in the finals of this prestigious international contest. It was sponsored by Teaching Automation Technology Steering Committee, Ministry of Education, China. Held annually, it is an innovative technology competition for automation applications. This year the theme of the contest was ‘Seeking Smart Manufacturing Talents’.

LPU students’ software and a hardware based semi-robot project is called ‘‘Picasso 4.0’’, after the great Spanish painter ‘Picasso’. This robot is capable of performing all painting, engraving, and designing services on walls and vertical surfaces. The participating members of the team were Arnab Kumar Das (B.Tech ECE), Veluguri Vinod (B.Tech Mech), and Nikhil Goyal (B.Tech ECE).  The robot used different tools to paint, draw and engrave as per the inputs by the user. The painting system is automatic and there is no self-inspection system. Manually, one has to only ensure that enough paint supply is present in the reservoir. The judging panel comprised of industry professionals, experienced professors, and senior technical directors from the Delta Group.

On congratulating the winning team, LPU Chancellor Mr. Ashok Mittal goes on to say,

I am happy to see that our hard working students have applied the best integration of theory and real practice in their innovative painting robot. I advise all the other students to keep on developing their innovation capacity and spirit of cooperation to come out with such consumer oriented projects and ideas. With constant hard work and perseverance, such works are sure to transform our students into global leaders in their related fields.

It is worth mentioning that this was the first time students from India participated in Delta Cup, and showed extra ordinary caliber to attain the level one position in the first go. From a total of 52 teams in India, LPU’s was shortlisted amongst the top three to compete further in the Delta Cup. The other two teams from India selected were from Vellore’s VIT and Gurugram’s NCU.