Industrial AutomationSTAFF REPORT LHR: The Technology Upgradation and Skill Development Company (TUSDEC) aims to set up the Pakistan Institute of Industrial Automation (PIIA) in order to render a training platform in the wake of shortage of skilled manpower in the local automation industry.

“The dearth of formally trained workforce for equipment maintenance, troubleshooting, installation and programming of equipment,” said a company spokesperson.

He said that the PIIA will not only act as an ordained institute for manpower training but will also steer the planning and implementation of programmable logical controller (PLC) and industrial automation projects in the country.

“The institute will extend consultation and advisory services acting as an adept solution provider for industrial automation problems faced by the industry,” maintained the spokesperson.

Adding, it will also substantiate the concept of industrial incubation under which, infrastructural support and consultancy will be extended to the automation equipment manufacturers or suppliers for setting up or upgrade their own labs and production units.

Figures from Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) reveal that the import of modern machinery and equipment during 2010-11 was worth $6,547 million, which then rose to $7,167 million in 2011-12.

The accelerating figures indicate that the mounting demand of PLC-based systems in Pakistani industry.

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