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A Manufacturing Laboratory For Integrated Hands On Applications

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2004 Annual Conference


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 20, 2004

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June 20, 2004

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June 23, 2004



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Manufacturing Laboratory Experience

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9.56.1 - 9.56.15



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Can Saygin

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Session 3263 Paper #1669

A Manufacturing Laboratory for Integrated Hands-on Applications

Dr. Can (John) Saygin

Engineering Management Department University of Missouri – Rolla Rolla, Missouri 65409 - 0370 E-mail: Phone: + 1 – 573 – 341 – 6358 Fax: + 1 – 573 – 341 – 6567 URL:


Since 1980’s, Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) has dramatically changed the way of manufacturing in all industries as well as the way manufacturing courses are taught. Among many worldwide CIM programs offered at various universities, some are more application oriented, some focus more on the business aspects, and some put more emphasis on the information technology behind the CIM concept. Over the last decade, CIM had evolved into a newer concept, namely Computer Integrated Enterprise (CIE), due to the advancements in the area of information technology and its applications in e-business. Nevertheless, there is still a gap between the shop floor and the upper level functions, such as enterprise resource planning. This paper focuses on the automated manufacturing systems and production aspects of CIE under the umbrella term of Integrated Manufacturing with emphasis on integration and reconfigurability of laboratory equipment to provide the most effective environment for hands- on applications.

The paper introduces the basic features and capabilities of a laboratory, Integrated Systems Facility (ISF) (, which was established with the goal of improving manufacturing system related courses at the Engineering Management Department at the University of Missouri – Rolla (UMR). It highlights several teaching and research aspects of this initiative. Courses that have been determined by considering various learning styles in order to encourage life-long learning within the scope of integrated manufacturing concept and their laboratory requirements are discussed. A sample project is described in order to highlight the overall approach.


The rapid growth of information technologies that has provided public access to a vast assembly of educational resources and learning opportunities has transformed the capacity of higher education to deliver educational and training programs to learners of different age groups. Increased enrollment of adult learners who demand an education using these new information

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Saygin, C. (2004, June), A Manufacturing Laboratory For Integrated Hands On Applications Paper presented at 2004 Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--13151

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