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MAKER: Mobile Device App for Wireless Control of a PLC-Based Automated System

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Conference

2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

New Orleans, Louisiana

Publication Date

June 26, 2016

Start Date

June 26, 2016

End Date

August 28, 2016

ISBN

978-0-692-68565-5

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Make It!

Tagged Division

Manufacturing

Page Count

9

DOI

10.18260/p.25634

Permanent URL

https://peer.asee.org/25634

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1293

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Thomas G. Hart Tarrant County College

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1998 - Present served as Faculty &Coordinator of Robotics and Automation at Tarrant County College, Ft. Worth, TX
1988 - 98 Taught Computer Maintenance Technology at Eastern Hills High School, Ft. Worth, TX
1986 - 88 Taught Computer Technology at Bryan Institute, Arlington, TX
1985 - 86 Worked at Graybar Electric, Dallas, TX as Branch Manager Trainee

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Sheng-Jen Hsieh Texas A&M University

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Dr. Sheng-Jen (“Tony”) Hsieh is a Professor in the Dwight Look College of Engineering at Texas A&M University. He holds a joint appointment with the Department of Engineering Technology and the Department of Mechanical Engineering. His research interests include engineering education, cognitive task analysis, automation, robotics and control, intelligent manufacturing system design, and micro/nano manufacturing. He is also the Director of the Rockwell Automation laboratory at Texas A&M University, a state-of-the-art facility for education and research in the areas of automation, control, and automated system integration. He also serves as Director of an NSF Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) program in the area of Mechatronics, Robotics, and Industrial Automation.

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Abstract

Automated systems have a profound effect on our daily lives and are built and used all over the world. Mobile device are commonly used by engineers for system maintenance. Industries are looking for graduates who have hands-on experience with programmable logic controller (PLC) based automated systems. This paper describes the design, construction, and evaluation of a learning module on remote access to automated systems using a mobile device such as a tablet or smart phone. The module includes (1) communication software configuration and setup, (2) wireless router setup, (3) how to interface a router with the PLC’s Ethernet adapter, and (4) PLC ladder logic construction. A post evaluation of the lesson indicated students highly enjoyed the hands-on experience as well as learning the subjects.

Hart, T. G., & Hsieh, S. (2016, June), MAKER: Mobile Device App for Wireless Control of a PLC-Based Automated System Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.25634

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