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Reconfigurable and Scalable Automated Systems Projects for Manufacturing Automation and Control EducationStudies have suggested that individuals have different learning styles. Some students are morehands-on while others are more analytic. Automation and control courses often includelaboratory exercises to provide hands-on experience. However, laboratory exercises often focuson one aspect of automation and control at a time, such as wiring or PLC programming. Neededare more comprehensive learning experiences that provide students the opportunity to integratetheir knowledge and skills in building complete systems. To achieve this goal, the authorrecently implemented semester projects in which students build small-scale automated systemsusing Fischertechnik components along with industrial programmable logic controller, relays,and motors. Students’ feedback suggests that this approach is viable and relevant to theirlearning experience and future careers. In addition, they are often proud of their finished projectsand are willing to show them at university-sponsored outreach and dissemination events. Thispaper details the implementation, execution, and contents of these projects and how they relate tothe course syllabus.
Hsieh, S. (2011, June), Reconfigurable and Scalable Automated Systems Projects for Manufacturing Automation and Control Education Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18832
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