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A Web Based Approach To Automated Inspection And Quality Control Of Manufactured Parts

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2002 Annual Conference


Montreal, Canada

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June 16, 2002

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June 16, 2002

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June 19, 2002



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Curriculum Development in Manufacturing ET

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7.127.1 - 7.127.10



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Karthik Soundararajan

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S. Manian Ramkumar

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Immanuel Edinbarough

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Session 3548


Immanuel Edinbarough, Manian Ramkumar, Karthik Soundararajan

The University of Texas at Brownsville/Rochester Institute of Technology/Alliance Automation Systems

Abstract This paper presents an approach for the automated inspection and quality control of manufactured parts from a remote site. A web-based control system was developed to establish communication among the various components of the experimental manufacturing cell, consisting of an IBM 7535 robot, a measuring station and a part feed station. The various cell components are interfaced with the computer through digital and analog interface modules from National Instruments and is controlled using a graphical programming language called LabVIEW. A dedicated web page was developed for the cell that allows remote users to perform online quality tests. Details pertaining to the cell and the control architecture developed to automate the quality control task are presented in this paper. The feasibility of providing non-site based hands-on engineering and technology education is also explored through this project.

I. Introduction

The advent of the world-wide-web has tremendously influenced the way in which industry and academia perform various activities. More and more academic institutions are starting to recognize the vital link that the web provides between the faculty and the students. 1 The motivation for this work comes from the awareness of the Intern et and its innumerable applications in the manufacturing industry. There are several applications already developed or under development, to harness the power of the Internet for manufacturing applications. One such application that we have explored is the use of the Internet to perform basic dimensional measurements on components and do quality checks, from a remote site. This approach to quality control will eliminate the mandatory presence of an operator near the automated manufacturing cell, but still be able to monitor the production and quality of the parts. Academic institutions can use this technique to offer quality control and related courses on -line for distance delivery. In the following sections we will be presenting details pertaining to the ne cessary tools and a methodology for developing a web-based quality control system.

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Soundararajan, K., & Ramkumar, S. M., & Edinbarough, I. (2002, June), A Web Based Approach To Automated Inspection And Quality Control Of Manufactured Parts Paper presented at 2002 Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada. 10.18260/1-2--10753

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