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Fluke Connect Contest Rewards Student Teams

By Chemical Processing Staff

Nov 01, 2016

Fluke Corporation invites students enrolled in two and four year colleges, universities, trade/tech schools and apprenticeship programs in the United States to demonstrate their skills and innovation in the 2016 Fluke Connect Student Contest. Student teams use Fluke Connect wireless tools and software to collaborate and solve real-world operational problems. The first place team and its advisor will receive an all-expenses paid trip to visit Fluke Park for three days and two nights plus $3,500 worth of Fluke tools for the school’s department, according to the company. Last year, the team from Northwest Iowa Community College won with a project to increase maintenance efficiency in ethanol plants.

“The industrial internet of things is such a great connector between people entering the workforce and their future employers,” says Toffee Coleman, Fluke education program manager. “This contest challenges students to figure out why maintenance data is useful. What data should they collect and how can they use it to drive improvements?  When teams collaborate with neighboring facilities on the project, both sides inevitably experience multiple ‘ah hah’ moments that are so rewarding to see.”

To enter, student teams design a project that uses Fluke Connect to improve operations for a facility or client. Applications and business cases are due by November 18. A panel of judges will select five teams to compete, each of which will receive up to 10 Fluke Connect tools plus Fluke Connect software to implement their project. The teams have until March 31st to complete their projects. Winners will be announced the week of April 10, 2017.

Teams receive full access to the Fluke Connect app, cloud software and selected wireless test tools. They’ll use the tools to electronically collect and tag maintenance data and the app and software to store and analyze the results and recommend actions.

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