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MAKER: Whack-a-Mole for PLC Programming

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

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June 14, 2015

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June 14, 2015

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June 17, 2015





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26.1122.1 - 26.1122.9



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Sheng-Jen Hsieh Texas A&M University

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Dr. Sheng-Jen (“Tony”) Hsieh is 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.

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MAKER: Whack-a-Mole for PLC ProgrammingThe paper describes the design, construction, and programming process for a small-scale“Whack-a-Mole” automated system. The system consists of a PLC, power supply, lights, andpush buttons and is controlled using a ladder logic program. The system was constructed usingFischerTechnik components, so it was easy to assemble and no machining work was needed.Undergraduate students learned about PLC instructions and how to interface I/O devices with aPLC by programming the game. At the same time, they honed their programming skills throughcompetition. The module has also been used for K-12 outreach activities. The presentation willinclude a live demonstration.

Hsieh, S. (2015, June), MAKER: Whack-a-Mole for PLC Programming Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24459

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