July 26, 2021
July 26, 2021
July 19, 2022
Automated machinery used in industries including packaging, assembly, textile, paper, electronics, food processing, rely on advanced motion control. These machines usually have multiple axes that need to move in coordination with high speed and precision to accomplish the task. To design such systems, engineers need to be familiar with industrial motion controllers, bring together knowledge from kinematics, control theory, dynamics, electronics, machine design and programming.
Mechanical engineering programs have developed courses and laboratories in controls and mechatronics. These courses mostly rely on specialized laboratory equipment, Lego robots, board-level electronics, interfacing and microprocessor programming. The industry expectation is more about system integration, selecting components from industrial product catalogs, calculations to match design requirements and programming of multi-axis motion controllers.
In this paper, we present a senior-level Automation course in our Mechanical Engineering program. This course was specifically designed to address the industrial expectations and has a weekly laboratory. The paper explains the course content in detail. The laboratory has several machines representing various industrial sectors. These machines were designed and built by a student team prior to the first offering of the course. Details of the machinery are explained along with the weekly laboratory exercises. Assessment results from multiple offerings of the course are also presented and discussed. This project was funded by a grant from the NSF-DUE.
Gurocak, H. (2021, July), Automation Course and Laboratory on Design and Programming of Multi-axis Industrial Machines Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. 10.18260/1-2--36736
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