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Iowa College Team Wins Fluke Connect Student Contest

By Chemical Processing Staff

Apr 04, 2016

A Northwest Iowa Community College team is the winner of the Fluke Connect Student Contest. The team — students Tory Schmidt, Joel Groeneweg and Eric Berneir, and advisor Mark Bohnet — designed a project to increase technicians’ and electricians’ efficiency when troubleshooting or performing preventive maintenance in ethanol production. The team simulated the process control system of a diverter gate and distillation column used in grain handling during ethanol production. Their project demonstrated a significant improvement in troubleshooting and preventive maintenance as a result of capturing and sharing measurement data using the Fluke Connect system, according to the company.

The winner of the Fluke Connect Student Contest was the team that made the biggest impact using the Fluke Connect system, with 75% of the decision based on evaluation by an industry judging panel and 25% based on the public vote on the contest website.

The Northwest Iowa Community College team and their adviser receive a trip to Fluke headquarters in north Seattle in May to spend a day meeting with Fluke executive and engineering leadership, touring Fluke engineering and manufacturing and seeing the Boeing manufacturing facility and Future of Flight Aviation Center next door. The school’s department receives $3,500 worth of Fluke tools.

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