LTU opens $500,000 industrial engineering lab, honors Siemens as Corporate Partner of the Year

SOUTHFIELD–Lawrence Technological University unveiled its new Siemens Electro-Matic Industrial Engineering Laboratory at a Nov. 8 ceremony. The new lab is located in the Engineering Building on the LTU campus in Southfield.

Industrial engineering deals with the optimization of complex processes and systems. Industrial engineers work to eliminate wasted time, money, energy and materials. LTU offers fully accredited bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in industrial engineering.

Siemens Corp, a subsidiary of the German industrial automation giant Siemens AG, was also honored as LTU’s Corporate Partner of the Year. The award was presented to Raj Batra, an LTU alumnus and president of Siemens Digital Industries US.

“We are a proud partner of LTU, and we are grateful for this recognition,” Batra said at the ceremony. “It’s truly great to see how LTU is driving the education of the next generation of digital talent. High tech jobs in manufacturing in the United States have a great growth potential. To reach this potential, our education and training must address the demand for digital skills. The opening of this first Industrial Engineering Lab is a milestone putting top-notch technologies into the hands of manufacturing’s next generation.”

Batra is a 1990 LTU graduate, with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. He received the university’s Alumni Achievement Award in May 2017.

“Our mission is to produce engineers who will be the leaders of tomorrow,” said Nabil Grace, dean of LTU’s College of Engineering. “Our graduates hit the ground running in their professional careers thanks in large part to LTU’s partnerships with Siemens and other forward-thinking companies that provide invaluable support to the university.”

Added LTU President Virinder Moudgil: “Raj Batra’s career serves as an inspiration for our engineering students and recent graduates. They will set their sights higher after seeing what he has accomplished.”

Siemens Corp. was the founding sponsor of the new lab with a donation that included software and equipment, and Farmington Hills-based Electro-Matic Products Inc. was also instrumental in the creation of the new lab. Other support has come from 1955 LTU alumnus Henry Horldt, P.E., Detroit-area locations of French auto supplier Faurencia, Cintas Corp., Sylvania Osram, SAS Automotive Systems, Valeo, and FCA.

Through in-kind and cash donations, these contributors have provided more than $500,000 in industry-donated hardware and software, allowing LTU industrial engineering students to study everything from the human factor of production-line fatigue to the optimal placement of robots, sensors, and parts bins on the factory floor. The new facility includes:

* An industry-grade conveyor line and programmable robot capable of simple assembly operations, pick-and-place inventory functions, and loading and unloading. Students can design the best assembly line operation sequence to accomplish various assigned tasks.
* Programmable Logic Control (PLC) units used to simulate setting up industrial automation systems.
* The instrument panel of a RAM 1500 truck, which students can program to create various displays and functions.
* An industrial work station, provided by Faurecia, where students perform various mechanical functions using several tools on various objects.
* An assembly area where students manually assemble LEGO race cars, with the blocks required for assembly stored in 200 bins.
* A coordinate measurement machine used for quality inspection of parts.

The industrial engineering lab is another step in a longstanding relationship between Siemens and LTU. Since 2013, LTU has received two major in-kind software grants from Siemens. The university now uses the Xcelerator portfolio of software including NX software for computer-aided design, manufacturing and engineering; Tecnomatix, the industry-leading digital manufacturing software; the Fibersim portfolio of software for composites engineering; Simcenter STAR-CCM+ and Simcenter Amesim, a robust suite of simulation software and test solutions; and Solid Edge software, a hybrid two-and three-dimensional CAD system.

Lawrence Technological University, www.ltu.edu, is a private university founded in 1932 that offers more than 100 programs through the doctoral level in its Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Business and Information Technology, and Engineering. PayScale lists Lawrence Tech among the nation’s top 15 percent of universities for the salaries of its graduates, and U.S. News and World Report lists it in the top tier of best Midwestern universities. Students benefit from small class sizes and a real-world, hands-on, “theory and practice” education with an emphasis on leadership. Activities on Lawrence Tech’s 107-acre campus include more than 60 student organizations and NAIA varsity sports.

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