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Development of a Vision-based Sorting Operation Laboratory: A Student-driven Project

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

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June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015





Conference Session

Innovations in Manufacturing Laboratories

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26.530.1 - 26.530.19



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Arif Sirinterlikci Robert Morris University Orcid 16x16

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Arif Sirinterlikci is a University Professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering and the Department Head of Engineering at Robert Morris University. He holds BS and MS degrees, both in Mechanical Engineering from Istanbul Technical University in Turkey and his Ph.D. is in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the Ohio State University. He has been actively involved in ASEE and SME organizations and conducted research in Rapid Prototyping and Reverse Engineering, Biomedical Device Design and Manufacturing, Automation and Robotics, and CAE in Manufacturing Processes fields.

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Alexandra M. Macek Robert Morris University

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December 2013 graduate of Robert Morris University currently employed by the steel industry.

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Bruce Allen Barnes Jr. Robert Morris University

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Projected completed as a senior undergraduate student at RMU.

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Development of a Vision-based Sorting Operation Laboratory: A Student Driven ProjectThis paper documents an undergraduate student driven project where two mechanicalengineering seniors designed and developed a small robotic work-cell for a screw sortingapplication. The project was conducted in the independent study form. The work-cell included abowl feeder and its pneumatic presenter, an articulate Fanuc robot, a proximity sensor, and Sonyprogressive scan camera. The students worked on wiring of peripherals into the robot controller,training of the camera for the vision application, writing the Teach Pendant (TP) program, andincorporation of the vision application into the TP program. The student team also designed agripper for the application and 3D printed it for eliminating the need and extended lead times ofmachining gripper components. Error proofing method was utilized in image detection andsorting.In addition to developing and debugging the work-cell, the students designed a hands-onlaboratory component to be utilized in an Automation and Robotics course. This laboratory wasadded as an extra credit in its first semester and will be used a mandatory exercise in the nextoffering. This paper accounts the students’ experiences at first hand. It also includes thepedagogical recommendations by the students, the laboratory exercise document, andsupplemental materials pertaining to the laboratory.The paper is concluded with the lessons learned and future activities to further improve thecurriculum including addition of new Automation and Controls courses and laboratory activities.

Sirinterlikci, A., & Macek , A. M., & Barnes, B. A. (2015, June), Development of a Vision-based Sorting Operation Laboratory: A Student-driven Project Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23869

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