Donation of advanced process control systems will enhance training

Control system equipment from ABB is valued at more than $500k

Pictured "unveiling' one of the Digital Control Systems donated by ABB Canada is Lambton College president/CEO Judith Morris, left, and Nathalie Pilon, president of ABB Canada.

Lambton College officials say the donation of specialized computer systems will greatly enhance training, more than tripling the equipment available to students in the Chemical Production & Power Engineering Technology, Power Engineering Technology, and Instrumentation & Control Engineering Technology programs.

The equipment donation was made by ABB, a worldwide supplier and one of the leaders in Distributed Control Systems (DCS). The fact that ABB makes a majority of the installed base of equipment in the industry increases the likelihood of students using these exact systems in workplace settings.

Last week’s gift-in-kind donation is part of the Lambton College Foundation’s Envision Tomorrow capital campaign, which was launched last June. To date, the campaign has reached $33.3 million of a $45-million goal.

The new DCS can be implemented on an assortment of physical devices, offering hands-on training on equipment that students can troubleshoot, design and configure.

Nathalie Pilon, ABB’s president and CEO for Canada, said helping the “practitioners of tomorrow with valuable hands-on experience” is consistent with the firm’s mission.

Judith Morris, Lambton College president and CEO, said the donation means “our students have access to state-of-practice equipment and that our graduates will continue to meet and exceed the expectations of industry employers.”

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