TAFE Innovista, platform for budding engineers in Tamil Nadu

With an aim to encourage innovation in the field of engineering, and to build a fruitful industry-institution connect, India’s second largest tractor maker, TAFE provided a platform for budding engineers from select colleges across the State to showcase their talents and efforts through an initiative called TAFE Innovista.
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Held in TAFE’s Sembium plant, near Chennai on December 19, 2013 the event, R Murali Krishnan – VP Product Marketing and Swithun Manoharan – Vice President Materials and Strategic Sourcing inaugurated the programme. Both were GET’s at TAFE in 1988 and 1989 respectively.
Innovista, the one-day competition and overall, saw participation from 225 students. A total of 60 teams from nine colleges across Tamil Nadu showcasing innovative ideas and concepts in the fields of engineering, automobile, embedded systems, paramedical, social environmental concepts, tapping energy efficient natural resources and importantly rural and agricultural interests.
Projects were set for display and demonstration throughout the day, where TAFE’s panel of judges evaluated the various teams. All the exhibits were of outstanding standards and posed quite a challenge for the judges to pick the best out of 60 odd teams. Finally, the six projects that were awarded were:
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First prize – Kongu Engineering College, for the project ‘Car Safety System’; second prize was shared by Alagappa Chettiar College of Engineering and Technology – ‘EFFI Cycle 2013’ and Institute of Road and Transport Technology – ‘Sugar cane fertilizer feeder’.
MAM College – ‘Non-invasive measurement of blood oxygen saturation for analysing sportsman potential’ and Alagappa College – ‘BAJA 2014’ shared the third place.  Kongu Engineering College – ‘Fruit maturity index’ came in at fourth, while Sri Shakti Institute of Engineering & Technology – ‘Automation of paramedical ingredient monitoring system using labview’, and Kongu Engineering College – ‘Automatic braking during reverse parking’, came in at fifth and sixth respectively. The awards were given away by Thirumalai M, GM – Materials; VE Ramesh – Materials, Neeraj Jain – Materials and Raju – Gears, Chennai.
The $ 1.6 billion TAFE is the world’s third largest tractor manufacturer and the second largest by volumes in India. It manufactures a range of tractors in the sub 100 HP segment in both the air-cooled and water-cooled platforms and markets them under its three brands of Massey Ferguson, TAFE and Eicher. Its over 1,000 strong distribution network covers the entire length and breadth of India. Apart from India, its products have found excellent acceptance in over 80 countries across the world, including developed countries in Europe and the Americas.
TAFE is committed to the total quality movement and three of its tractor plants are certified under both, ISO 9001 and ISO 14001. It has been the recipient of a number of accolades and awards. Apart from tractors and farm machinery, TAFE manufactures diesel engines, batteries, hydraulic pumps and cylinders, panel instruments, gears and transmission components.

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