Charlotte, North Carolina
June 20, 1999
June 20, 1999
June 23, 1999
4.306.1 - 4.306.7
Session 1463 TS/ 3
Incorporating Robotic Simulation Technology into the Undergraduate Curriculum of Robotics and Industrial Automation
Frank Cheng, Daniel Chen
Department of Industrial and Engineering Technology Central Michigan University email@example.com
Simulation technology has not only fundamentally changed the way of conducting integrated product design and process development in industries, but also provided educators with new approaches to enhance the learning environment for the best engineering education in schools. This paper describes the authors’ initial experience of incorporating robotic workcell simulation technology into the undergraduate coursework of robotics and automation. This includes the discussions about the significant impacts of robotic simulation technology on the processes of learning and conducting robotic workcell design in both industries and schools. The practice has shown that robotic simulation software is an excellent tool for people to study and develop methods of fast product design, manufacturing process planning, and plant floor/cell control support.
Rapid deployment has been proven by many companies to be successful solutions for meeting the immense demand of product changes. This procedure integrates concepts, tools, and methods of fast product design, manufacturing process planning, and plant floor/cell control support 1. Among the important technologies for implementing this solution is simulation 2. Companies such as General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler have used simulation technology to lower the costs and shorten the product development life cycle. Their practice demonstrates that current simulation packages are capable of providing an interactive and accurate virtual environment with which designers can model and evaluate designed products and processes for low cost and reliable solutions, and without delaying production time and risking equipment damage 2,3,4,5.
Currently, in automotive industries the high demand for implementing rapid deployment technology through simulation has already created a growing shortage of qualified employees who can carry out virtual engineering design. At the same time, the educators from Michigan’s high schools, colleges and universities have also recognized the changes, challenges, and demands faced by today’s automotive industries. They believe that learning rapid deployment technology is important to Michigan’s students as they are preparing for their careers in high- tech industry 6.
Cheng, F., & Chen, D. M. (1999, June), Incorporating Robotic Simulation Technology Into The Undergraduate Curriculum Of Robotics And Industrial Automation Paper presented at 1999 Annual Conference, Charlotte, North Carolina. https://peer.asee.org/7728
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