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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

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June 23, 2013

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June 23, 2013

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June 26, 2013



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Instrumentation Technical Session I

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23.1034.1 - 23.1034.14



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Akram Hossain Purdue University, Calumet (Tech)

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Akram Hossain is a professor in the department of Engineering Technology and director of the Center for Packaging Machinery Industry at Purdue University Calumet, Hammond, IN. He worked eight years in industry at various capacities. He is working with Purdue University Calumet for the past 24 years. He consults for industry on process control, packaging machinery system control and related disciplines. He is a senior member of IEEE. He served in IEEE/Industry Application Society for 15 years at various capacities. He served as chair of manufacturing Systems Development Applications Department of IEEE/IAS. He authored more than 25 refereed journal and conference publications. In 2009 he as PI received NSF-CCLI grant entitled A Mechatronics Curriculum and Packaging Automation Laboratory Facility. In 2010 he as Co-PI received NSF-ATE grant entitled Meeting Workforce Needs for Mechatronics Technicians. From 2003 through 2006, he was involved with Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL in developing direct computer control for hydrogen-powered automotive. He is also involved in several direct computer control and wireless process control related research projects. His interests are in the area of industrial transducer, industrial process control, modeling and simulation of Mechatronics devices and systems, wireless controls, statistical process control, computer aided design and fabrication of printed circuit board, programmable logic controllers, programmable logic devices and renewable energy related projects.

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Mohammad A. Zahraee Purdue University, Calumet (Tech)

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Dr. Mohammad A. Zahraee became assistant dean for Graduate Studies at School of Technology in 2010. He holds bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Southern Illinois University, an M.S. in Structural Engineering, and a Ph.D. in Engineering Mechanics both from University of Illinois at Chicago. Mohammad joined Purdue University Calumet in 1989 and was the chair of the Manufacturing Engineering Technologies and Supervision from 1996 through 2007. He was also acting head of Electrical Engineering Technology from 2000 through December 2006. Zahraee served ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering, Technology, Computing, and Applied Sciences) from 1992 through 2010 as a program evaluator, commissioner (Accreditation Team Chair), as well as the national chair of the Technology accreditation commission of ABET during 2009-2010. A professor of Mechanical Engineering Technology, Mohammad chairs the Graduate Education Council in the school of technology, advises all incoming graduate students, and approves all graduation audits for MS students. M.S. in technology at Purdue University Calumet has 150 students, the second largest enrollment for such degree.

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REMOTE DEMONSTRATION OF PACKAGING MACHINERY SYSTEMS VIA PUBLIC NETWORKAbstractAbility of remotely operating and visually demonstrating a packaging machine is quiteadvantageous to an OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer). Currently, the customer needs tocome to OEM development site to see the live demo of the packaging machine. There areseveral ways this concept could be applied. Scenario one: a packaging machine located at acustomer site is not functioning properly and requires debugging. In this case packaging machinedesigners/developers all need to travel to customer site to fix the problem. If two or three suchmachines are having problems, it becomes more difficult for this set of design/developmentengineers to go to all three sites and fix the problem. In each of these cases travel time, travelexpenses and availability of a particular design/development engineer become limiting factors.Scenario two: ability to demonstrate one or more packaging machines, located at OEMdevelopment site, from the exposition site is also quite advantageous. Currently, one or twopackaging machines are shipped to the exposition site in knocked down condition andreassembled to make the demonstration. In some situations if a particular machine is underdevelopment and cannot be taken to the exposition site, its operation videos are taken and playedat the exposition site to prospective customers. Scenario three: An OEM personnel traveling toa distant location need to demonstrate a packaging machine to a prospective customer. Thepackaging machine is almost completed but located on OEM premises. The concept could bevery useful at this time in demonstrating the machine remotely before inviting the customer tothe site.In each of these above cases the ability of remotely operating, debugging, and demonstrating apackaging machine is desirable and would be cost saving for an OEM developer of packagingmachinery.We have developed a relatively inexpensive solution to operate a packaging machine remotelyfrom the HMI (Human Machine Interface) panel (local to the machine) and visually seeing theoperation of various parts of the machine through a camera vision system (one or more cameras).Similarly, the process of remote debugging, downloading modified version of programs toremotely located Programmable Logic Controllers, HMI unit are the subject matters of the paper.This paper will discuss specifications of software and hardware tools necessary for the solutionand step by step operation of each of these tools for the implementation. Figure 1 show theproposed communication network for remotely controlling and demonstrating packagingmachinery system. OEM Premises Router Router Switch Camera PLC OEM Product / Packaging Machine Switch Customer Premises Camera PLC OEM Product / Packaging MachineFigure 1: Proposed Communication Network for Remotely Controlling and Demonstrating Packaging Machinery Systems

Hossain, A., & Zahraee, M. A. (2013, June), REMOTE DEMONSTRATION OF PACKAGING Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--22419

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