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Automation Laboratory Development Provides Enhanced Student Learning Abstract
This paper describes experiments and course content associated with an upgraded course in Automated Production Systems. The objective of the Automation Laboratory is to provide experiential learning opportunities, while at the same time providing exposure to real world industrial automation equipment and tools. Included in the paper is a description of the content and objectives of each laboratory session and a description of the hardware platforms used to accomplish the laboratory exercises.
The University of Tennessee at Martin offers an ABET-accredited Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree with concentrations in civil, electrical, industrial, and mechanical disciplines. A three course sequence involving various aspects of control technology is offered (Table 1). Some of the courses are required of all engineering students, regardless of discipline, while others are available on an elective basis.
Table 1. Courses in Controls Sequence versus Degree Requirements Disciplines Courses Civil Electrical Industrial Mechanical ENGR 317: Instrumentation and Required Required Required Required Experimental Methods ENGR 462: Linear Control Not Required Required Required Systems Design taken ENGR 475: Automated Not Elective Required Elective taken Production Systems taken by most students
The first course, ENGR 317: Instrumentation and Experimental Methods, emphasizes sensors and measurement techniques used in experiments and controls applications. It is the only course of the three required of all engineering majors and helps address ABET outcomes associated with experiment design. The second course, ENGR 462: Linear Control Systems Design, emphasizes the concepts and methods used in the design and analysis of systems that use continuous feedback control. This course is mathematically intensive and is similar to that found in most undergraduate degree programs. The course does not include a lab, but incorporates assignments that require students to implant control algorithms into motor control experiments designed by Quanser1. The third course, ENGR 475: Automated Production Systems, focuses on production and manufacturing applications that involve discrete or batch processes. This course is not mathematically intensive and is more hands-on than the course in Linear Control System Design.
Much of the content contained in the Automated Production Systems course is traditionally referred to as Industrial Controls. An Industrial Controls course is not as common in
LeMaster, R., & Farrow, D. (2006, June), Automation Laboratory Development Enhances Student Learning Paper presented at 2006 Annual Conference & Exposition, Chicago, Illinois. 10.18260/1-2--22
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