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A Briefcase Hardware Design for Data Acquisition Training

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2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Columbus, Ohio

Publication Date

June 24, 2017

Start Date

June 24, 2017

End Date

June 28, 2018

Conference Session

EET Papers 2

Tagged Division

Engineering Technology

Page Count

10

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https://peer.asee.org/27437

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19

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Weican Xiao Michigan Technological University

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Weican Xiao is currently a lecturer in the Electrical Engineering Technology program in the School of Technology at Michigan Technological University. Dr. Xiao earned master degree in Engineering System at Colorado school of mines in 2002. He obtained another master degree in Electrical Engineering from Rutgers University in 2006 and the PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from Old Dominion University in 2012. Dr. Xiao’s research interests include power system, instrumentation and semiconductor power device fabrication. He is also specialized in using microwave power for diamond thin film fabrication and convert tar to light hydrocarbon species while working as a postdoc in Norfolk State University. Dr. Xiao is a member of American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) and a member of ASEE Engineering Technology Division.

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Andrew Joseph Dorton Michigan Technological University

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Andrew Dorton is senior undergrad student pursuing a B.S. in Electrical Engineering Technology at Michigan Technological University. Andrew has previously earned a B.S. in Pharmaceutical Chemistry at Michigan Technological University, Class of 2011. Andrews highest areas of interest are in control systems, data acquisition, and power generation.

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Mohsen Azizi Michigan Technological University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-8178-2520

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Mohsen Azizi received the Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering from Concordia University, Montreal, Canada, in 2010. From 2010 to 2013, he was a R&D engineer at Pratt & Whitney Canada Inc. and Aviya Tech Inc., Longueuil, Canada. Since 2012 he has been an adjunct assistant professor in electrical and computer engineering at Concordia University. In 2013 he joined Michigan Technological University, Houghton, Michigan, where he is currently an assistant professor in electrical engineering technology. His research interests include cooperative control and networked estimation in multi-agent systems, distributed and decentralized control of large-scale systems, and fault diagnosis, isolation and recovery (FDIR). He is specifically interested in the application of control systems and diagnostics in jet engines, unmanned vehicles, aircraft, and power systems.

Dr. Azizi was the recipient of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Postgraduate Scholarship Doctoral 2007-2010, and Fonds québécois de la recherche sur la nature et les technologies (FQRNT) Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Government of Quebec 2011-2012.

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Johannes Martin Eidnes A&D Technology

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Johannes Eidnes is currently the Engineering Design Manager at A&D Technology. He has made a career of Data Acquisition, Test, Automation and Control in the Aviation, Home & Building & Automotive industries. He has been a Project Engineer, a Project Manager and Department Manager (of engineers). Johannes has been an active member of the Michigan Technological University (MTU) School of Technology Industrial Advisory Board.

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Branden Owen DeVries

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Austin M. Ostipow

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Richard Lee Fowler Michigan Technological University

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Abstract

A university has paired with an industrial sponsor to develop a hardware briefcase for training purposes with data acquisition software. Before this project, the industrial sponsor provide in depth software training; however there was no hardware training component. Faculty and students need to design a hardware briefcase with discrete and modular I/O for hardware training purposes to be used in conjunction with the Software. The briefcase is mobile and can be brought to customer locations for training. The hardware briefcase connects to the company's data acquisition hardware and to a computer running software.

Components in the hardware briefcase include Modular I/O, and various discrete I/O such as push buttons, switches, and indicator lamps. Another feature of this design is the incorporation of a stepper motor and timing belt system with a proximity sensor to detect rotations of the timing belt. The briefcase also includes a heater, fan, and thermocouple combination for analog data acquisition and control. The thermocouple comes in through both a thermocouple module as well as an analog input module. The purpose of this is to allow training on conversions from a voltage signal to a temperature value.

A training manual was developed to provide a hardware training component along with the software. The training manual contains labs involving analog and discrete I/O and allows the user to develop problem solving skills and further enhancing their experience with the data acquisition software. The training manual is designed to be a heavily engaged activity. The introductory labs designed to familiarize the user with the software and the hardware briefcase. As the labs progress, the user will have to use problem solving skills to become well trained to the software and hardware. The later labs are troubleshooting labs will simulate what a customer might face in industry.

Xiao, W., & Dorton, A. J., & Azizi, M., & Eidnes, J. M., & DeVries, B. O., & Ostipow, A. M., & Fowler, R. L. (2017, June), A Briefcase Hardware Design for Data Acquisition Training Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. https://peer.asee.org/27437

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