Machines and Mechanisms (AMM) decided to include a national label
student competition exclusively for undergraduate students with 14th
National Conference on Machines and Mechanisms (NaCoMM - 09). The main
idea behind this is to encourage creative thinking of the
undergraduate students in the field of kinematics, dynamics,
mechanisms, machine analysis and design, robotics, and their
applications. M/s Janatics India Pvt. Ltd. gladly agreed to sponsor
this event. The competition consists of three stages and the theme of
the competition was Increase In The Usage Of Pneumatics In Place Of
In the first stage, students were asked to submit a two-page proposal
on the conventional systems that students want to replace or modify by
pneumatics. Student participation was encouraging in this stage, out
of which thirteen proposals were selected for second stage of
competition on the basis of feasibility by a group of experts.
In the next stage, the
students, whose proposals were selected, developed their models and
submitted a write-up explaining the working principle, hardware
details, circuit diagram and a color photograph of their model. M/s
Janatics supplied materials to some of the groups at very low cost.
The response in this stage was poor. None of the write-up
revealed any creative thinking because the concepts were copied /
borrowed from existing ones. Therefore, the expert committee withdrawn
the competition and final stage was cancelled.
committee decided to encourage the students and finally four group of
students has been invited to attend the conference NaCoMM - 09 and
present their model on 18th December 2009 during the conference.
We thank all the
participants, experts, sponsoring organization (M/s Janatics India
Pvt. Ltd.), Mr. Partho Bhowmik and Mr. Saikat Ghosh, for their kind
help and timely support.