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Enhancing Machine Design Course with an Integrated Vending Machine System

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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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Instrumentation Division Technical Session 1

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Maged Mikhail Purdue University

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Dr. Maged B.Mikhail, Assistant Professor, Mechatronics Engineering Technology Ph.D., Electrical Engineering,
Tennessee State University, Nashville, Tennessee, August 2013. Dissertation title: ”Development
of Integrated Decision Fusion Software System For Aircraft Structural Health Monitoring” M.S., Electrical
Engineering, Tennessee State University, Nashville, Tennessee, May 2009. Thesis title: ”Development
of Software System for Control and Coordination of Tasks among Mobile Robot and Robotic Arm.” B.S.,
Electrical Engineering University of El Mina Cairo, Egypt, May 2001.

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Craig Durwin Engle Purdue University, Calumet (College of Technology)

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Craig D. Engle is clinical assistant professor of Mechatronics Engineering Technology and Mechanical Engineering Technology at Purdue University Northwest in Hammond campus located in Indiana. Craig's industrial experience includes 23 years in the aerospace industry focusing on flight and missile simulations and electro optics system analysis. Craig has submitted approximately 31 patent applications, received notice of allowance on 24 applications and paid issue fees on seventeen applications resulting in seventeen U. S. Patent Awards so far. He received a masters degree in interdisciplinary engineering from Purdue University Calumet and graduated from Purdue University with a B.S.M.E.

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Vending machines play an important role in our daily life. Because it is very convenient and not only can save the time of customers, but also the vendors. Thus it brings great convenience to the masses. Vending machine is a good example of mechatronics systems that combing different aspects including, not limited to, electrical, mechanical and control. In Engineering Technology department having a project for building a vending machine integrated with PLC will enhance and craft the student’s hands-on skills. In this paper, the authors are proposing a group project to design and control a vending machine in a machine design course. Another purpose of this project is to insure that students enrolled in the course offered as part of the program sponsored by the university is to have a hands on approach toward technology. Students also can learn of the importance of cost by comparing design criteria for different projects. This paper is presented at a time when traditional techniques for learning are being challenged. It is therefore considered necessary to incorporate different design criteria into the course. Different design criteria can be incorporated into the course by incorporating different project applications into the course such as vending machine. The emphasis is to place on designing a vending machine and developing programs to control the motion that can be seen in certain vending machines, which can be considered a marketing ploy. The motion occurring in the vending machine and sequent program development provided the opportunity of using standard equipment offered by manufactures. The development of software for motion control is considered to be an important feature of the class.

Mikhail, M., & Engle, C. D. (2017, June), Enhancing Machine Design Course with an Integrated Vending Machine System Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--28277

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