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Using the Parallax Propeller for Mechatronics Education

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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

End Date

June 26, 2013



Conference Session

Instrumentation Technical Session III

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23.1343.1 - 23.1343.8



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Hugh Jack Grand Valley State University Orcid 16x16

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Hugh Jack is a Professor of Product Design and Manufacturing Engineering at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. His interests include manufacturing education, design, project management, automation, and control systems.

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Title: Using the Parallax Propeller for Mechatronics EducationAbstract: Microcontrollers have become a mainstay of mechatronics laboratories. For example, the Arduino boards, and shields, are low cost flexible hardware that provided substantial capabilities. At [authors university] all engineering students learn to program microcontrollers using Atmel ATMega processors, these also used on the Arduino boards. In the mechatronics course, [course number] - Dynamic System Modeling and Control, the students use Parallax Propeller based hardware. The alternate hardware platform broadens the students’ knowledge and gives them access to a multiprocessing environment. The paper objectively outlines the hardware/software platform and how it can be used in a mechatronics course for Manufacturing Engineering students. The supported topics include data collection, feedback control, various sensors, networking, and human interfaces. Educational activities include laboratory work, and small projects.

Jack, H. (2013, June), Using the Parallax Propeller for Mechatronics Education Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--22728

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