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Board # 149 : MAKER: Remote Control of Festo Modular Production System for Education on Programmable Logic Control (PLC) and Robotics

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2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Columbus, Ohio

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June 24, 2017

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June 24, 2017

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June 28, 2017

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Juan Song Alamo Colleges District

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Dr. Juan Song is Corporate Account Executive at Alamo Colleges District at San Antonio, TX. She oversees secondary and post-secondary training in manufacutring and liaison between Alamo Colleges and manufacture partners. She is also the coordinator for Toyota Advanced Manufacturing Technology(AMT) Program and the AMTEC-ATE liaison.

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Sheng-Jen Hsieh Texas A&M University

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Dr. Sheng-Jen (“Tony”) Hsieh is a Professor in the Dwight Look College of Engineering at Texas A&M University. He holds a joint appointment with the Department of Engineering Technology and the Department of Mechanical Engineering. His research interests include engineering education, cognitive task analysis, automation, robotics and control, intelligent manufacturing system design, and micro/nano manufacturing. He is also the Director of the Rockwell Automation laboratory at Texas A&M University, a state-of-the-art facility for education and research in the areas of automation, control, and automated system integration.

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Daniel M. Sherry Alamo College

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Mr. Daniel Sherry has fourteen years of experience as a Skilled Technician and Electrician in the manufacturing industry, a Master’s degree in post-secondary and adult education, and over fourteen years’ experience in curriculum development and delivery. He applies his education and experiences to his position as a Technical Trainer II at the Alamo Colleges District in San Antonio, Texas where he is responsible for assessing the needs of the academic community and the manufacturing partners and developing and delivering competency-based training around those needs. He is also working with AMTEC and Purdue University as a Subject Matter Expert, advising on educational and technical materials in the creation of a virtual troubleshooting simulation program.

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Operating and performing experiments with real equipment is an integral part of learning process for many engineering, technology and physical science courses. However, equipment costs, high student-to-equipment ratios, and limited lab space are often obstacles to providing these experiences to students. Advances in computing and network technology have enabled equipment to be remotely controlled via the internet. Therefore, students can access equipment and perform experiments remotely by using their computers. This paper describes a system set up and remote lab exercise that allows students to perform experiments after hours. Students initially had difficulty performing tasks remotely due to computer setup and browser differences. After a presentation on how to navigate the system, students became more familiar with the system and were able to do the experiments. Initial results from a survey of users at a two-year college indicated that students were interested in the new setup and welcomed this approach since most were part time students who had full-time jobs outside the classroom.

Song, J., & Hsieh, S., & Sherry, D. M. (2017, June), Board # 149 : MAKER: Remote Control of Festo Modular Production System for Education on Programmable Logic Control (PLC) and Robotics Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--27770

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