(Cabuyao, Laguna)- With the aim of strengthening the research capacity of the Laguna Province, the Department of Science and Technology's Philippine Council for Industry, Energy, and Emerging Technology Research and Development (DOST-PCIEERD) and the University of Cabuyao (UC) officially inaugurated the Data Analytics-Network Grid and Automation Laboratory (DANGAL) on May 26, 2023.
The UC (PNC) DANGAL seeks to promote community partnerships and industry collaborations with a focus on immediate translation to research and practice, leveraging and diversifying DOST PCIEERD-funded resources, integration across the computing and engineering disciplines, and creating a competitive advantage in research and development on a global scale.
The Php 7 million laboratory will also concentrate on warehouse automation, which includes automated storage and retrieval systems, autonomous mobile robots, automatic guided vehicles, pick-to-light and put-to-light systems, voice picking and tasking, automated sortation systems, and goods-to-person (GTP) systems.
Dr. Enrico C. Paringit, Executive Director of DOST-PCIEERD, emphasized that there should be recognition of cutting-edge research, which requires state-of-the-art facilities and well-equipped laboratories since this is a part of the Institution Development Program (IDP) of the council. "It is important that we ensure that our institutions have the necessary resources to pursue innovative research and development”, said Paringit.
The UC (PNC) Dangal Research Laboratory also represents the institution's dedication to fostering the advancement of technology development and seizing the opportunities brought by Industry 4.0, according to Dr. Paringit. This lab will operate as a catalyst for cooperation, information exchange, and research improvements both inside and outside the confines of this university and in the Laguna Province's manufacturing sectors.
He also reminded the University of Cabuyao’s faculty and students to regard the UC Dangal Research Laboratory as more than a physical space filled with equipment and advanced technologies. "May this be a symbol of the aspirations and ambitions of the students and researchers and a space where ideas will flourish, where innovation will be nurtured, and where solutions to real-world challenges will be born”, narrated by Paringit.
UC (PNC) DANGAL’s Project Leader Engr. Mary Grace Beaño also motivated the UC teachers and students during her talk on the importance of the lab in terms of capacity building and its dedication to national development through research and development. The lab also aspires to increase the skills of the College of Computing and Engineering by promoting practical training for both staff and students and by enhancing the data analytics, network, grid, and automation processes between Laguna industrial firms and the university, mentioned by Engr. Beaño.
UC (PNC) DANGAL is the city's first laboratory supported by PCIEERD’s Institution Development Program (IDP). IDP is an existing program that strengthens the capability of institutions to undertake research in industry, energy and emerging technology fields. This program covers provision of support for the establishment and upgrading of research laboratories and facilities of academic and research institutions in the country.