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Cim Lab To Support Manufacturing Design Implementation

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2007 Annual Conference & Exposition


Honolulu, Hawaii

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June 24, 2007

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June 24, 2007

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June 27, 2007



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Technology Integration in the Classroom for Manufacturing II

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12.355.1 - 12.355.9



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Jahangir Ansari Virginia State University

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JAHANGIR ANSARI is an Assistant Professor of Manufacturing Engineering in the Department
of Engineering and Technology at Virginia State University. He received his M.S. degree in
Mechanical Engineering in 1979 and Ph. D. degree in Mechanical Design and Production
Engineering in 1983 both from Seoul National University. He joined the faculty at VSU in 2002.
He has over 18 years of industrial experience in different areas including shipbuilding and cement
plant industries. His research interests include Structural Vibration, FEM, CAD/CAM/CNC, and
Computer Integrated Manufacturing.

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Amir Javaheri Virginia State University

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Amir Javaheri is an Assistant Professor of Manufacturing Engineering and a member of graduate faculty at Virginia State University. He received his M.S. degree in Operations Management from Case Western University and a PH.D. in Industrial Engineering from University of Cincinnati. His current research interests are primarily in the assessment of student learning in various stages of program objectives, program outcomes and course learning outcomes.

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Nasser Ghariban Virginia State University

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NASSER GHARIBAN is Assistant Professor in the Department of Engineering and Technology at Virginia State University. He holds a Ph.D. Degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington. He involves in manufacturing engineering related research activities including robotics and automation areas.

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CIM Lab to Support Manufacturing Design Implementation Course in Manufacturing Engineering


Integration of information technology in manufacturing industry in recent years has dramatically affected the delivery of instruction in manufacturing engineering programs. Inclusion of the state of art techniques and technology in a manufacturing education, particularly in the engineering field, is a key factor in the advancement of this discipline. CIM laboratory strongly supports manufacturing engineering curriculum to fulfill some of the ABET requirements for criteria: (b) an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data, (c) an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs, (k) an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice. Some key components of CIM and hierarchy of operation in a manufacturing facility are studied and correlated. They include CAD-CAM link, numerical control, automation, production and manufacturing control, control through proper communication and computer supervisory control, robotics control, process planning. A short summary of planning, implementation, and managing of a CIM environment will also be covered. The students will conduct experiments on creating a CIM environment using computer supervisory control. By conducting a hands-on CIM lab project, students have access to the relatively new technologies associated with computer integrated manufacturing, which enable them to participate in tomorrow’s rapidly changing technologies and become creative problem-solvers and designers. In this project, students design a product that starts with raw materials and continue with fabricating parts, inspecting, assembling, and storing. This paper emphasizes on the technical contents as well as educational values of the projects.


At our Engineering and Technology Learning Center (ETLC) we provide our students with access to a CIM lab, a CAD/CAM lab and a Robotics lab to support our Manufacturing Engineering program. These labs have significantly enhanced this program by providing excellent teaching aids and hands-on experience to educate our students. Our curriculum is designed to have Engineering Graphics, CAD/CAM, Manufacturing Automation, Quality Engineering, Production Planning and Inventory Control, Materials Engineering and related labs to provide our students with quality hands-on experiences. Through these courses the students can receive the appropriate training using different software including Solidworks, Mastercam, MS Project, Labview, Matlab and other manufacturing simulation software.

As a result, our graduates will be more marketable due to their acquired soft and hard skills through our Manufacturing Engineering program. They will be able to satisfy the growing need of robotics and real-time programming expertise in industries.

Although there have been many papers published on automation, robotics, and the applications of CIM in manufacturing1, 2, 3, 4, few of them have used an approach to build such projects over

Ansari, J., & Javaheri, A., & Ghariban, N. (2007, June), Cim Lab To Support Manufacturing Design Implementation Paper presented at 2007 Annual Conference & Exposition, Honolulu, Hawaii. 10.18260/1-2--2892

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