With a donation of industrial-grade motion equipment, Motion Solutions is helping the California Mechatronics Center change the way engineers are trained.
Motion components don’t add value in isolation – they work best as part of a system. We apply that philosophy to the projects we design and also to our position as a corporate citizen in the greater engineering community. We actively look for ways to help foster success in the community and for our customers and ourselves, at the same time.
California Mechatronics Center; California State University, Chico
“I’m not sure the students understand how beneficial the experience is, sometimes. But especially after they graduate, they begin to find out,” Repanich said in a recent conversation. “They come back and they say, ‘Oh my goodness, I’m now working with engineers from other schools and they don’t have any experience.’ Why do our students know this stuff? Because we have the equipment that they can use. They can actually physically see the bearing and see a gear head and make it turn.”
The Motion Solutions donation included 28 THK KR33 stages, which had an immediate impact. Repanich has developed a mechatronics course for graduating seniors that presents them with real-world problems. Courtesy of the Motion Solutions equipment from this donation and a previous gift, class members can solve those problems with industrial-grade components.
Research Professor, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering Director, California Mechatronics Center
Students in the California Mechatronics Center help companies interested in automating a production or assembly process.
O’Connell Technology Center; California State University, Chico
Word has gotten out about the class. It started with 12 to 15 students. Most recently, the class expanded to 60 students and appears on track to reach 80.
“We could not offer this class without the donations that Motion Solutions has made,” says Repanich. “It’s essential to have the mechanical part of it and the motors part of it and that’s what they’ve given us. And enough equipment for dozens of students to do projects with. It’s really fabulous.”
Motion Solutions doesn’t just support the CSU Chico programs, we benefit directly from them. Several of our engineers are graduates of the program. Their training enables us to better serve customers and helps us maintain the connection with the University. “As a graduate of CSU Chico myself, I was excited to have the opportunity to help orchestrate the donation from Motion Solutions,” says Casey Covey, class of 2008 and now Northern California sales manager for Motion Solutions. “At research universities, you work on projects that might take 10 years to reach market. At CSU Chico, I learned skills I put to use immediately after being hired.”
The equipment given to CSU Chico will ensure that the quality of the learning experience will continue to produce individuals who are ready to make an impact at companies right away. We’re happy to know that we can help benefit those students, our customers, our own organization, and the greater engineering community.
Omron’s Adept e-Cobra Robots were donated to the California Mechatronics Center.
The Motion Solutions’ donation included high-rigidity, high-precision KR actuators.
About the Author
Alex Polo is a Sales Engineer and linear motion specialist at Motion Solutions.