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Development Of An Online Laboratory For Computer Integrated Manufacturing Courses

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2008 Annual Conference & Exposition


Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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June 22, 2008

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June 22, 2008

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June 25, 2008



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Technology Integration in the Classroom

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13.424.1 - 13.424.10



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Yuqiu You Morehead State University

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Dr. Yuqiu You has academic background from both automation engineering and industrial technology. For six years, she taught many courses in the area of manufacturing and automation. She has experience in developing new manufacturing courses and establishing online process control station for virtual laboratory. Presently, she is teaching NC-CNC machining technology, Computer Integrated Manufacturing, and Robotic Interface Engineering, Robotic Applications, and Fundamentals of Computer Technology.

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Xiaolong Li Morehead State University

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Dr. Xiaolong Li has an academic background in electrical engineering, telecommunications, and computer technology. He has developed and taught courses in data communications, microprocessor, digital signal processing, image processing, circuit analysis, and performance analysis. He joined the GEARUp program at Cincinnati in 2005, where he provided Geometry and Algebra tutoring for students of Western Hills Design Tech and Western Hills University.

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Gabriel Alungbe Morehead State University

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Sam Mason Morehead State University

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Development of an Online Laboratory for Computer Integrated Manufacturing Courses

I. Introduction

This paper describes the development of an online laboratory for students in Computer- Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) courses. Computer-Integrated Manufacturing is a comprehensive topic taught in a 400 level course to senior undergraduate students, and in a 600 level online course to graduate students. Teaching computer-integrated manufacturing courses can be a challenge because of the breadth of topics spanning from manufacturing technology to electronic technology and computer technology which encompasses concepts from manufacturing processes such as modeling and milling, to manufacturing automation systems and manufacturing information management systems.

Laboratory experiences are important for technology students in the CIM courses to reinforce theories and concepts presented in class lectures. Therefore, the ability to offer hands-on lab experiences to both traditional students and online students is vital to effective learning [1]. The development of an online laboratory will enable participation in laboratory experiences by distance students. It is also motivated by the fact that presently, as never before, the demand for access to the laboratory facilities is growing rapidly in engineering and technology programs. Being able to make the laboratory infrastructure accessible as virtual laboratories, available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week, goes far in addressing these challenges, and would also contribute to lowering the costs of operating laboratories. Additionally, online virtual laboratories will provide the opportunity for students to explore the advanced technologies applied in implementing web-based remote control/monitor solutions, so to prepare them for their future careers.

Current technology enables the remote access of equipment and instruments via the Internet. With the rapid developments of computer networks and Internet technologies along with dramatic improvements in the processing power of personal computers, online virtual laboratories are now a reality [2]. In the early 1990’s, the first remotely shared control system laboratory was proposed in the 1991 ASEE Frontiers in Education Conference. The system enables sharing of laboratory data between universities using networked workstations. Since then, a variety of remote experimentation activities have been developed in universities, such as microelectronic experiments for transistor characterization, engineering introduction experiments for circuits and devices, online experiments for control systems, and remote experiments using a scanning electron microscope [3].

The purpose of the CIM online laboratory is to provide students lab facilities and lab activities that can be accessed locally through the campus LAN network and remotely through the Internet. This paper concentrates on the development of a web-based motor control system and a wet process control system for the online laboratory. This paper introduces the hardware integration and software applications implemented in the systems, examines the procedures for the development of mechatronic systems, demonstrates the operation of the web-based control systems, and describes the lab activities that can be developed for the online laboratory.

You, Y., & Li, X., & Alungbe, G., & Mason, S. (2008, June), Development Of An Online Laboratory For Computer Integrated Manufacturing Courses Paper presented at 2008 Annual Conference & Exposition, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 10.18260/1-2--4108

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