June 18, 2006
June 18, 2006
June 21, 2006
Division Experimentation & Lab-Oriented Studies
11.858.1 - 11.858.13
Laboratory Development for Robotics and Automation Education Using Internet Based Technology
Abstract This paper describes laboratory and curriculum development integrated with Internet based robotics and automation for engineering technology education. Drexel University’s Applied Engineering Technology Program received a NSF CCLI grant to develop a series of laboratory courses in the area of internet based robotics and automation in manufacturing. The development efforts include industrial partnership with Yamaha Robotics, restructured and advanced courses in applied engineering program curriculum, and laboratory activities integrated with network technologies. The instructional materials for Internet based robotics and automation education utilized Robotics and Mechatronics lab as the experiments of choice. The application-oriented curriculum, which is validated by the industry, has been developed with the goal of producing graduates ready to work in engineering technology. The new Internet based techniques allow the remotely situated students to program, control, and monitor the robotic operations through the Internet using the Windows-based graphical user interface. This also allows the integration of robots and automation into the information networks and easy access through the Internet for design and manufacturing. The paper also covers the new learning technology through the lab development for teaching of the remote monitoring/control of robots and programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and how to effectively deliver internet based robotics and automation education through the Internet.
1. Introduction Robotics and automation are essential components in automotive, electronic, appliance and other industries. Over the past few years, Web-based approaches have been widely used in collaborative product design and manufacturing. In the areas of robotics and automation, Web-based technology is regarded as a new promising approach for manufacturing. In tomorrow’s factory, design, manufacturing, and business are integrated into the Internet. It is a trend that web based robotics and automation have become critical issues in the integration with e-manufacturing systems and management. Internet has improved technology tremendously over the past few years. The improvement in data transfer speed, data security, technology to transfer these data has opened new frontiers. The internet technology can also create online educational tools for teaching and demonstration of automated manufacturing processes with robotics. Those Web-based systems allow robotics and automation to communicate, share design data, information and knowledge through the Internet1-13.
To enhance the workforce skills in the product development cycle, an Internet- based approach for lab development is introduced to develop web-enabled robotics and automation. This laboratory development component in the NSF project deals with integrating various AET (applied engineering technology) tools such as robots, pneumatic actuators, sensors, web-cameras, conveyors, programmable logic controllers
Chiou, R., & Kwon, Y., & Rauniar, S., & Sosa, H. (2006, June), Laboratory Development For Robotics And Automation Education Using Internet Based Technology Paper presented at 2006 Annual Conference & Exposition, Chicago, Illinois. https://peer.asee.org/832
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