Vanier College is pleased to announce that ABB, one of the world’s leading manufacturers and suppliers of instrumentation and analyzers, has donated to Vanier College’s Industrial Electronics Program a model LLT100 Laser Level transmitter. The LLT100 is a high performance non-contact, level-measuring instrument designed for industrial applications and challenging environments such as those in mining, oil and gas, chemical, food and beverage, power, pulp and paper, pharma, water and waste water industries.

This partnership between ABB and Vanier is one way to better prepare students for the workforce. Installed in the Vanier Industrial Electronics Program process station, the laser instrument has been mounted for mobility and ease of use in student lab activities related to level measurements. Using this laser-measuring instrument will allow Vanier students to train on the type of equipment they will encounter in the workplace during their internships and when they graduate. Industry uses such technology to measure the contents of bulk product level in storage silos, volume estimation of bulk material heaps, and distance measurement in municipal and processing industries, to name but a few..

“We cannot control or study things that we cannot measure, so Instrumentation is a fundamental part of Industrial Electronics Technology,” says Jason Duheme, Coordinator of the program. “Classical variables of study are level, pressure, temperature, and flow. Instrumentation is a field where both the applications and the sensing technology solutions are in constant evolution.  For our students, gaining experience on laser level technology such as the ABB LLT100 gives them a head-start in their careers, placing them in line with the latest technology available.”

In addition to ABB’s donation, Everest Automation, a distributor of ABB, was inspired by the students and as such, contributed various instruments to the program, including pressure instrumentation and cut-away training valves.  “Digitalization and cross-industry ecosystems are creating important challenges as well as opportunities for the manufacturing sector,” says Eric Maier Co-president of Everest Automation. “Everest Automation, together with its partners, provides customers with solutions that help them meet these challenges successfully. In order to achieve this, an essential ingredient is required: well-educated, competent and creative individuals that are passionate about the work they do and that are open to evolving in this ever-changing world.”

“In working with educational institutions such as Vanier College, Everest Automation hopes to play a part in stimulating interest in young people for industrial automation as they weigh through their different career options. With the advent of Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), having well-trained people working to applying these latest technologies in industry will be key to Quebec being competitive on a world stage”

“For our Industrial Electronics students, learning to use the most modern equipment from the various industries that hire our graduates is extremely important,” says John McMahon, Director General of Vanier College.  “Partnerships or relationships with companies such as ABB and Everest Automation, ensure that our students are being exposed to the newest technology, processes and thinking.  This is especially important in the new age of Industry 4.0 linking computers to computers to machines. Vanier is in the business of preparing the next generation of thinkers, innovators, and creators and working with business and industry is a vital ingredient of our success.”

«A true economic motor with 5000 businesses and companies, St Laurent is the second employment node in the metropolitan region after downtown Montreal, and possesses the largest technological park in Canada, the St-Laurent campus of Technoparc Montreal. It is this strategic position that allows us to welcome world-class businesses such as ABB that involve themselves in our Laurentian Community and make a concrete contribution to the shaping of the next generation being firmed by the Industrial  Electronics program of Vanier College,” says Mr. Alan De Sousa.

“ABB is pleased to have contributed to the donation of the Laser level transmitter to Vanier College. This accurate and easy to use device, manufactured by ABB Measurement & Analytics factory in Québec City, will without a doubt be an essential instrument, which will allow students to learn, practice and achieve their academic goals. The ability to attract and support the best and the brightest students, such as those at Vanier College, is of the utmost importance to ABB. I believe in motivating and empowering students to fulfill their potential and prepare them for a successful future.” said Robert Landry, ABB Measurement & Analytics Sales Manager for Eastern Canada.

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