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Teaching PLC Programming and Industrial Automation in Mechatronics Engineering

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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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Practical Teaching in Manufacturing – 2

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26.1483.1 - 26.1483.14



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Shouling He Vaughn College of Aeronautics & Technology

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Dr. Shouling He is an associate professor of Engineering and Technology at Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology, where she is teaching the courses in Mechatronics Engineering and Electrical Engineering Technology. Her research interests include modeling and simulation, microprocessors and PLCs, control system designs and Robotics. She has published more than 45 journal and conference papers in these research areas.

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Hossein Rahemi Vaughn College of Aeronautics & Technology

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Dr. Hossein Rahemi is a professor and department chair of Engineering and Technology at Vaughn College of Aeronautics & Technology. He is the author of two books, Vaughn College Journal of Engineering and Technology (VCJET), numerous conference papers in the areas of solid mechanics, computational mechanics, vibration analysis, fracture mechanics and reliability analysis. He is also a principle investigator for the NSF S-STEM grant and the HIS-STEM grant and a student adviser for a number of technical papers in the areas of mechanics, robotics and industrial automation.

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Khalid Mouaouya Vaughn College of Aeronautics & Technology

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Khalid Mouaouya, associate professor of engineering and technology, received his BT from College of Aeronautics and Technology, his MME from Manhattan College, MCE -Professional Degree- from Columbia University.
His teaching interests involved finding ways to make students understand and appreciate the role of mathematics in solving different and complex engineering problems.

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Teaching PLC Programming and Industrial Automation in Mechatronics EngineeringAbstractProgrammable Logic Controller (PLC) is an industrial computer which takes in data fromsensors and sends commands to actuators to implement complex industrial controls. Since PLCcontrollers are highly configurable, they have been widely used in various industries rangingfrom automotive, nuclear power and energy systems, material handling to food manufacturing.Due to higher demands in industries, PLC programming course as well as the fundamentals ofindustrial automation has been introduced and taught by many universities and colleges.In this paper, we present an approach to teach PLC programming and industrial automationcourses for students in Mechatronic Engineering at a college in Northeast United States. In thePLC programming course, we mainly introduced text languages, such as instruction list andstructured text, according to IEC61131 standard so that students can have a fundamental conceptabout PLC programming. The universal knowledge about PLC programming allows students totalk with the people from different counties of the world, Asians, Europeans and Americans. Inthe advanced course, Industrial Automation, we focus on teaching students the sequence controlconcept and problem solving strategy. For the advanced course, Ladder Diagram (LD) andSequential Function Chart (SFC) are used to put the designs into operations. From students’comments, the teaching approach was very successful. Students have developed various projectsusing the knowledge they learned from PLC Programming and Industrial Automation coursesand their paper have been presented at the college technical conferences, several ASEE regionalconferences and the Latin American Caribbean Conference for Engineering and Technology.Furthermore, a number of students have chosen PLC programming and industrial automation astheir career goal to pursue in their future.Keywords: PLC programming, Sequence control, Ladder Diagram.

He, S., & Rahemi, H., & Mouaouya, K. (2015, June), Teaching PLC Programming and Industrial Automation in Mechatronics Engineering Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24820

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