Founded in 1951, PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore, is one of India's leading engineering colleges. Their BE Robotics and Automation program started in 2011 and was the first of its kind in the state of Tamil Nadu.
It is the vision and mission of PSG College to ensure that students have access to the latest technology. Funded by a Government of India initiative, the college decided to invest in the UR5 from Universal Robots to create an enriching experience in the classroom, incorporating collaborative robots in their robotics program and encouraging students to become industry-ready by working with this Industry 4.0 technology. In order to also spur the growth of surrounding manufacturers in Coimbatore, PSG College also offers courses to local industry professionals to train them in collaborative robot technology.
PSG College already had traditional industrial robots in their lab. However, as they are large and unsafe, they are kept inside cages, and students were unable to work with them. Additionally, programming these traditional robots was difficult for students to learn, and customization was also cumbersome. In line with their mission to have the latest technology and create a reputable robotics lab available to their students, the PSG team was looking for something that would create a stimulating classroom environment where students could truly become industry-ready by the time they graduated.