konnect Issue-date: 31st March, 2020.

Date: Date: 9th and 10th of January 2020
Venue: Mukesh Patel School of Technology Management & Engineering, Mumbai, India.

The Student Games is not intended to be an inter-school competition. Although each team was composed of 3 students from different institutions across the country, participants were evaluated on an individual basis. A total of 60 individuals participated and the top 6 individuals were selected to represent India at SAIT World Automation Games that will be held in Calagary, Canada during March 2020.

The event began at 2 p.m on the 9th of january 2020. Each of the groups were sent to one of the six different labs where the challenges were given to them. Each challenge lasted for about two hours. There was one instructor in each of the labs to evaluate the participants.

The six different challenges were as follows -
  1. Signal Processing Lab :
    The Signal processing was divided into two parts, namely, Labview challenge and Matlab challenge. In the Labview challenge the task was to generate a sine wave without giving the inputs explicitly and display the same running continuously. In the Matlab challenge the task was to show the ramp, step response of the given system using transfer function and Laplace transforms.

  2. Pnuematics Lab : In the Pneumatics Lab the challenge was to draw the free body diagram and derive the equations of motion for the given pneumatic system taking the specifications into consideration.An initial explanation and approach was imparted to us. The outcome of the task was to understand the different variables affecting the pressure of a system.

  3. Hydraulics Lab :
    In the hydraulics lab the students were told to design various systems like packaging system, parking system etc., by incorporating a few hydraulic components and other industrial controllers sensors and actuators. This task was more of a brainstorming session to implement different design ideas for an overall Hydraulics system.

  4. PLC and Sensorics Lab :
    In PLC and Sensorics Lab the challenges were to count the number of packages within a minute passing through a certain region on the conveyor belt ; to generate a square wave if a gas leakage was detected. A basic overview of Bosch Indralogic Software was imparted. The task required participants to develop a ladder logic to perform and execute the desired industrial process. Feedback on optimization of logic was given to all.

  5. Embedded system and Robotics lab :
    In the Embedded system and robotics lab the task was to program Fire Bird V 2560 using embedded c programming language on Atmel Studio. The tasks included: generation of a time delayed buzzer, motor control of a bot in order to move in a particular path. A brief overview of embedded C basics was imparted at the start of the session.

  6. Instrumentation Lab :
    In the Instrumentation lab students were told to design and build circuits on topics such as Astable 555 timer, Monostable 555 timer, RC phase shift oscillator and any other analog microelectronics /op-amp related experiments.They also had to give one innovative application where the given circuit is used and which sensor can be used as input for the given circuit.

On the 9th evening, there was a DJ party - a team socialising activity organised by the students of MPSTME. This activity diluted the intensity of the Games and added all the more fun to our experience.

The convener Dr. Dattatreya Sawant and all the student members of ISA MPSTME were very amicable and extended help and support in all aspects. The event ended with ISA District 14 VP Rajesh Rathi gracing the Valedictory ceremony. Prajwal Uppoor from BMSCE bagged the first place and Rachana S Raju from BMSCE was among the top 10 winners of India Automation Games 2020.

The team from BMS College of Engineering. L-R : Prajwal Uppoor, Rachana S Raju, Pranav M.
Group Photo

Report by : Pranav M, Prajwal Uppoor and Rachana S Raju BMS College of Engineering, ISA Bangalore Section.