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Production-Like Robotics and Automation Laboratory Resources for a Manufacturing Engineering Program

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Daniel J. Cox

Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA

Paper No. IMECE2017-72638, pp. V005T06A004; 7 pages
doi:10.1115/IMECE2017-72638
From:
  • ASME 2017 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 5: Education and Globalization
  • Tampa, Florida, USA, November 3–9, 2017
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5840-0
  • Copyright © 2017 by ASME

abstract

Instructional resources pose significant challenges when attempting to meet the goal of hands-on experiences in a manufacturing engineering curriculum with realistic plant floor production-like operations. The strategy to accomplish the goal of providing a production-like flexible manufacturing system laboratory resource associated with the courses in a manufacturing engineering curriculum is described in this paper. A hands-on approach to instruction using state-of-the art manufacturing equipment is accomplished with physical resources that can be used in a variety of laboratory sections that augment courses in manufacturing engineering. Many experiments and laboratory exercises in practical aspects of manufacturing can make use of common sets of state-of-the-art, industrial-grade, manufacturing equipment. The equipment for a flexible manufacturing system includes a material handling system integrated with industrial robotics and automation equipment. These hardware resources must also be compatible and integrated with software and computing resources including computer-aided design tools, programmable logic controllers, automation software, manufacturing execution systems software, and additional software resources.

Copyright © 2017 by ASME

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