Following their great efforts during a two-day competition, two members of the Vietnamese team won the gold medal at the Asia-Pacific Online Mechatronics Skills Competition that wrapped up on Thursday.
The event attracted candidates from six countries, including Japan, South Korea, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam.
“Unlike the previous global and ASEAN mechatronic skills contests, this competition is focused more on programming than on mechanical installation,” said Nguyen Van Tan, one of the two winners and a student of the Hanoi Electromechanical College.
The contest's requirements referred to flexible shifts between systems, making them similar to the actual production lines of factories, Tan added.
Dinh Tu Ngoc, Tan’s teammate, said the two contestants had to program five production stations in Exam 1, which included the industrial robot arm deployment.
Within 120 minutes, they were required to abandon the 4th station and change the locations of the other four stations in Exam 2, which was the hardest.
“We later entered Exam 3, in which we had to operate these four stations to meet a different manufacturing process,” Ngoc said.
This competition is a playground for strong opponents that often won high rankings in previous mechatronic contests, as commented by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Duong Duc Lan, president of the Vietnam Association of Vocational Training and Social Work Profession.
“Among them are Korea, Japan, and particular Singapore whose team are very good at foreign languages,” Dr. Lan added.
Therefore, Vietnam’s success at the Asia-Pacific Online Mechatronics Skills Competition has clearly reflected the country’s competitiveness in the Industry 4.0 era in comparison to those of other Southeast Asian and Asian countries, Dr. Lan concluded.
Following this victory, the Vietnamese team is looking to the World Skills Competition scheduled to take place in China’s Shanghai next year.
It is the first time that such a competition has been conducted online, under the organization of Germany’s Festo, a world leader in automation, technical training and development, as introduced on its website.
Mechatronics, which is seen as a typical profession of the Industry 4.0 era, is a combination of mechanics, electronics and information technology. Mechatronics technologies help create highly automated production lines as well as precise products to improve labor productivity.