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Robotics and Mechatronics-based Solar Cell Roughness Measurement Laboratory

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

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June 10, 2012

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June 10, 2012

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June 13, 2012



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Development of Manufacturing Engineering Laboratories I

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25.1136.1 - 25.1136.12



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Richard Y. Chiou Drexel University

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Michael G. Mauk Drexel University


Tzu-Liang Bill Tseng University of Texas, El Paso

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Tzu-Liang (Bill) Tseng is Associate Professor of industrial, manufacturing, and systems engineering at University of Texas, El Paso. He received his M.S. degree in industrial engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 1995 and Ph.D in industrial engineering from the University of Iowa, Iowa City, in 1999. Tseng delivered research results to many refereed journals, such as IEEE Transactions, IIE Transaction, International Journal of Production Research, Journal of Manufacturing Systems, International Journal of Management Science, OMEGA, and others (more than 100 refereed publications). He has been serving as a principle investigator of several research projects funded by NSF, NASA, DoEd, and KSEF. He is currently serving as an Editor of the Journal of Computer Standards & Interfaces.

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Bret Alan Davis

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Robotics and Mechatronics-based Solar Cell Roughness Measurement LaboratoryAbstractThis paper discusses the design and implementation of a mechatronics-based solar cell surfaceroughness measurement laboratory for student learning experience in the emerging field ofrenewable energy. Renewable Energy science and technology stimulates discoveries anddevelopments that promise to sustain a wave of new technological and economic innovationsthroughout the world. It is likely that the use of renewable energy will become an increasingnational priority that will affect the next generation of college students. This system is comprisedof several subsystems and elements that are together utilized to automate the gathering andprocessing of solar cell roughness data. While the Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) is usedfor controlling the I/O between the robots in the workcell and the Laser Check system, aLabVIEW program is responsible for triggering the robotic programs, as well as collecting andprocessing the data collected by the Laser Check device. A concluding section discusseslaboratory development for student hands-on learning experience within the context of a roboticsand mechatronics course.

Chiou, R. Y., & Mauk, M. G., & Tseng, T. B., & Davis, B. A. (2012, June), Robotics and Mechatronics-based Solar Cell Roughness Measurement Laboratory Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--21893

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