Igniting imagination, fueling discovery: Introducing the SREC, SMC Centre for Pneumatics and Grippers

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September 05, 2023

Igniting imagination, fueling discovery: Introducing the SREC, SMC Centre for Pneumatics and Grippers

As we stand on the cusp of this remarkable moment, I am reminded of the words of Albert Einstein: 'The only source of knowledge is experience". This sentiment encapsulates the essence of our endeavor today – the quest to provide a platform for experiential learning, exploration, and hands-on application in pneumatics and grippers. This center is not just a physical space but a conduit that bridges theoretical concepts with practical implementations, propelling us toward a future where innovation knows no bounds. This marks a significant milestone in our journey of technological innovation and advancement. With great excitement and pride, we inaugurated the newest addition to our academic landscape – the SREC, SMC Centre for Pneumatics and Grippers, on 25th August 2023, situated within the heart of our distinguished Department of Robotics and Automation. 

Dr. A. Murugarajan, Professor and Head of the Department of Robotics and Automation, delivered the welcome address. Our respected principal, Dr. N. R. Alamelu, chaired the event and provided an exceptional overview of the facilities established for the student's well-being. She motivated the students to actively engage in utilizing these resources for their future benefit, nurturing their potential through maximum utilization of these facilities. 



An opening remark was given by Thiru. Venkatesh Balasubramanian, Senior Manager | Training and Marketing, SMC Corporation (India) Pvt Ltd. He imparted a wide array of knowledge to the students, covering a diverse array of subjects and topics. A pivotal moment signified the collaboration and commitment between two entities for a shared purpose. The signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) is not only a formal agreement but also a representation of the dedication to mutual growth and progress: our esteemed principal, Dr. N. R. Alamelu, and our distinguished chief guest, Thiru. Venkatesh Balasubramanian came forward and formalized the agreement by signing the Memorandum of Understanding. Our chief guest was Thiru. P. Rajakumar from L&T Technologies and Services, who was also a part of the successful mission Chandrayan-3. He gave an inspirational speech and demonstrated the plethora of opportunities available in the modern world. 





Finally, the event concluded with a vote of thanks proposed by Mr. S. Sarveshwaran, Assistant Professor, Department of Robotics and Automation. The journey ahead promises not only technical prowess but also a shared vision of shaping a world where technology enhances human potential. We are thrilled to see the enthusiasm of our students, the dedication of our faculty, and the support of our esteemed guests all converging to amplify the impact of this center on the landscape of technological advancement. We inaugurated the SREC, SMC Centre for Pneumatics and Grippers; let us remember that this is not just an event; it is a promise of knowledge gained, skills honed, and horizons expanded. With the ribbon about to be cut and the doors set to open, let us embark on this exciting journey together, guided by the belief that innovation is not a solitary pursuit – it is a collaborative odyssey that shapes the future.

- Sherril Johnson, II- Robotics and Automation