Industry Leaders Enhance SUNY Delhi Electrical Program

DELHI, NY (12/14/2013)(readMedia)-- SUNY Delhi recently received donations from two industrial automation leaders, with a value totaling around $75,000, which will enhance the college's electrical instrumentation and controls program and help the college develop future mechatronics-related programs.

Wolf-tec, Inc., a manufacturer of meat, poultry and seafood processors, and Rockwell Automation, the world's largest company dedicated to industrial automation, made software and hardware contributions that have updated the equipment Delhi's electrical instrumentation and controls majors currently use. The equipment, called PLCs or Programmable Logic Controllers, uses digital technology to automate processes, such as the control of machinery in advanced manufacturing environments. In addition, Horizons Solutions provided training for faculty on the donated software.

"We feel fortunate to have friends like these from the industry who have made contributions on many levels," said Eric Robert, Dean of Applied Sciences and Building Technologies at SUNY Delhi. "These partners have gone above and beyond their donations by connecting with students as guest lecturers and supporting faculty and student attendance at national conferences."

In addition to manufacturing and distributing meat, poultry, and seafood processors, Wolf-tec, Inc. offers product handling and vacuum transfer systems, meat tenderizers, and macerators, as well as automated molding, cooking and chilling systems. The company sells its products through distributors in North America, South America, Asia, Europe, Africa, New Zealand and Australia. The company was founded in 1977 and is based in Kingston, New York.

Rockwell Automation is a global provider of industrial automation, power, control and information solutions. Brands in industrial automation include Allen-Bradley and Rockwell Software. Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Rockwell Automation employs about 21,000 people in more than 80 countries.

Horizon Solutions LLC is a privately held electrical/industrial distributor in the Northeastern United States with branches across upstate New York and New England. The company focuses on automation, electrical, energy, process and safety applications while providing technical expertise, supply chain solutions, training and education to its customers.

SUNY Delhi electrical instrumentation and controls majors learn the study of motors, controllers and electrical systems design. The program focuses on electrical maintenance, layout and installation stressing residential wiring during the first semester and commercial wiring during the second. Using a hands-on approach to learning, students learn to coordinate electrical installations with other trades and become familiar with blueprints, specifications, and code requirements.