June 24, 2017
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June 28, 2017
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.
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