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PRESS RELEASE : Fluke announces the finalists in the 2016 Fluke Connect Student Contest

Competition combines education, technology, and business enabling students to demonstrate their advanced skills in using IIoT technology to improve operational efficiency

EVERETT, Wash., April 24, 2017 – Fluke Corporation announces the finalists in the 2016 Fluke Connect® Student Contest , which tests the skills, innovation, and business application of student teams enrolled in two and four year colleges, universities, trade/tech schools, and apprenticeship programs in the United States. Student teams use Fluke Connect wireless tools and software to collaborate and solve real-world operational problems.

The finalist teams and their selected projects are:

  • Richmond Community College: Bus differential protection application of PVD relays using different ration current transformers.
  • The Peterson School: Eliminate profit erosion due to warranty claims by discovering issues with power quality.
  • Puget Sound Electrical JATC: Commissioning solar photovoltaic systems and validating their parameters.
  • Assabet Valley Regional Tech: Diagnosing CAN bus systems faults.
  • Bates Technical College: Implementing a standard operating procedure to diagnose, fix, and maintain commercial container refrigerator systems.

A panel of six judges evaluated the teams on their technical skills, innovation and creativity, the business value of their projects, and the presentation skills of the team. The judges were: Tom Wilk, chief editor, Plant Services magazine; Todd Redd, national market manager for Graybar; Glen Mazur, author, trainer, and former department chair of Joliet Jr. College; and three judges from Fluke Corporation: Thomas Anderson, senior software engineer; Leah Friberg, education and public affairs manager; and Sabari Ram, SaaS product manager.

Final projects were submitted on April 7, 2017. They will be evaluated by the same panel of judges and the public, who will be able to vote via the contest website April 24-28. The winners, who will be announced May 4, 2017, will be determined by which team made the biggest impact using the Fluke Connect system, with 75 percent of the decision based on the evaluation by the panel of judges and 25 percent on the public vote.

Visit the contest website to view team profiles and follow the contest.

The first-place team and their adviser will receive a paid trip to Fluke headquarters in north Seattle to spend a day meeting with Fluke executive and engineering leadership, tour Fluke engineering and manufacturing, and see the Boeing manufacturing facility and Future of Flight Aviation Center next door. The school’s department will also receive $3,500 worth of Fluke tools.

Fluke Connect

Teams have full access to the Fluke Connect reliability platform. They use the wireless tools to electronically collect and tag maintenance data and the app, software, and Fluke Connect cloud to store and analyze the results and recommend actions.

Fluke Connect allows maintenance teams to:

  • Eliminate data entry errors by saving measurement data directly from the tool and associating it with a work order, report, or asset record.
  • Assign work orders to an asset and team member, and schedule it for completion.
  • Make confident maintenance decisions with data you can trust and trace.
  • Access baseline, historic, and current measurements by asset.
  • Move away from clipboards and spreadsheets and work collectively from one web-based data set, from anywhere on site or in the field.

Fluke Corporation

For information on Fluke tools and applications, or to find the location of a distributor, contact Fluke Corporation, P.O. Box 9090, Everett, WA USA 98206, call (800) 44-FLUKE (800-443-5853), fax (425) 446-5116, e-mail fluke-info@fluke.com or visit the Fluke Web site at www.fluke.com.

About Fluke

Founded in 1948, Fluke Corporation is the world leader in compact, professional electronic test tools. Fluke customers are technicians, engineers, electricians, and metrologists who install, troubleshoot and manage industrial, electrical and electronic equipment and calibration processes.

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