AUD students went for a Study Tour to Paris. Dr.Boutheina Tlili and Dr.Colin Christy accompanied them. On the 4th of May, we arrived Paris. At night they went to Champs Elysees and the saw Arc de Triumph.
5th of May, we went to Schneider Electric company in le Vaudreil where we learned how they produce their products. Schneider company uses automatic techniques to assemble their products. They mainly produce twp types of products : series LC1 D, and series LC1k. These are two types of contactors. The students saw the different stages of the product production . The working time is 24 hr in 7 days in a week. Every 10 minutes they produce their product. Through the production of the contactors, the products are controlled by the artificial vision. There are 33 cameras to detect the errors. If any error occurs, the alarms rings and the staff take action directly. The staff have daily meeting to discuss problems, plan and decide for solutions. Schneider company has no stock. The Distribution Centre is 25 km away from the company, from there the customers receive the products. In addition, if the customer has any specific order for the contactor ,the company produces it accordingly. The students like the Schneider trip. It is an amazing experience to see how robots are able to produce products without the interference of human beings.
Tuesday 6th of May, we went to Musee de Louvre , but it was unfortunately closed because Paris was celebrating (). Hence some students went shopping and others went to Champs Elysees. Some students saw the Eiffel tower.
Wednesday 7th of May, we visited Paris technology. Paris technology was found in 1864. Jan Rembouski is the head of the international affair and the director of Master Science Program. Paris Technology trains high level research and has training teaching levels in many different fields such as physics, mathematics and application, fluid mechanics and energy, life science and engineering. Paris Technology consists of many schools such as Ecolepoly technique, ENSCP, and Telecom Paris where each school is professional in specific field. Paris Tech offers 3 types of teaching and programs:
1) Engineering degree program for graduate students
2) Master of Science Paris
3) Doctoral Program, where around 500 PHD students are awarded each year.
The only university in France that teaches in English is the Eurocom university. The best 5 universities in the field of engineering are under one program called ‘ IDEA LEAGUE’ where they formed membership of elite in European network. These universities are:
1) Imperial college
2) TU DELF
4) Paris Tech
Then we went to Peugeot in Poissy. We saw the production of the car. They have 4000 workers and 626 engineers. 12% of the workers are women .Peugeot company produces 51 car per hour. Each car takes 31 hour to be produced. The
Thursday 8th of May, we went to Chateau de Versailles. Back in 1623, Louis XIII - father of Louis XIV - built a 'hunting lodge, a little gentleman's chateau' of brick, stone, and slate at Versailles. There we saw the paintings of the kings, their rooms as it was before, and the hall of mirrors. We saw some of the masterpieces and portraits such as Louis XIV, Queen Marie-Antoinette and her children.
Friday, May 9th : it was a departure to Toulouse.
May 10th , we visited Toulouse City which is 6 hours from Paris. There we went to Airbus and saw the production of jet A380. We saw the different test performance of an aircraft. The aircraft flow around the world to test its exposition to different type of weather. It went to Canada with a weather of -30 ?C and to Abu Dhabi where its weather was 49 ?C. We saw the final assemble of A380. A380 is a light aircraft that can handle more than 525passengers for standard configuration. Its empty weight is 260 tons. It can move 15000 km. Each part of the aircraft comes from certain place for example UK is responsible for the wings, Spain is responsible for the engine . They get the parts either by ships or trains to Toulousse. The final assembly of all the parts is in Toulousse. There is a large hall for 300 m, which we saw, there the parts are connected with 19,000 screws. This large hall have a roof which is equal to the weight of the Eiffel tower. By 2010, airbus will produce one aircraft every week. Emirates Airlines bought 58 of A380 aircrafts.
May 11th , we came back to Dubai. It was a very fun and useful trip , we learned a lot at the same time we had so much fun. We learned about France culture and some students learned some French words. Finally, this trips was an amazing trip that we will never forget!
Mehra Al Khajah