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Design and Evaluation of Sensor Module for Portable Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) Kit for Automated Control Education

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


New Orleans, Louisiana

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June 26, 2016

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June 26, 2016

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August 28, 2016





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NSF Grantees Poster Session II

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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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Automated control exists in almost every sector of the economy. Many automated control applications are integrated into daily life, such as traffic lights, automatic doors, elevators, coffeemakers, automated lighting, and copy machines. In all these applications, sensors are used to provide the signals needed to control the machine or process. It is difficult to teach a control language such PLC programming without knowing how sensors work. This paper describes the design and evaluation of a sensor module (consisting of commonly used industrial sensors) and how this module is integrated with a portable PLC kit to make learning about PLCs and sensors convenient and accessible in the classroom and at home. Students have responded positively and want to see more tools like the sensor module and portable PLC kit.

Hsieh, S. (2016, June), Design and Evaluation of Sensor Module for Portable Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) Kit for Automated Control Education Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.27287

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