Discovering Automation and Computer Controls Workshop Information
DISCOVERING AUTOMATION AND COMPUTER CONTROL
October 20 , 2012
9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Discovering Automation and Computer Control Workshop
The Purdue College of Technology's Manufacturing Engineering Technology program will host a one-day workshop entitled "Discovering Automation and Computer Control". This fun and informative workshop is designed to give attendees an appreciation for the field of manufacturing as a viable education choice and career path. Participants will complete several enlightening, interactive hands-on exercises and observe demonstrations that illustrate various computer-assisted manufacturing methods. Hands-on exercises will include such activities as generating drawings using computer-aided design, programming computerized machine tools to produce a small product, and programming robots and other material handling devices to move materials from one location to another.
The goal of this workshop is to expose high school sophomores, juniors and seniors to the fun, exciting and challenging field of Computer Integrated Manufacturing.
What is Computer Integrated Manufacturing?
Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) links traditional islands of manufacturing automation, the people that work with and support them, and the systems that control them. The implementation of CIM at any level requires manufacturing industries to hire well-educated and highly-skilled individuals with knowledge in the areas of technical computing, manufacturing process integration, mechanical and electronic systems implementation, process control, and quality assurance.
Who Should Attend?
This workshop is designed for students in grades 10 through 12 who plan to pursue a college degree and are interested in any of the following technical areas:
No previous experience is required.
Note: One parent or guardian per student is also invited to attend; however, due to limited equipment and space, parents/guardians may only participate as observers.
Parallel Workshop Session Topics
All attendees will participate in each of the following workshops:
Computer-Aided Design: Participants will be introduced to many activities necessary to produce a simple 3-Dimensional Solid Model using a computer.
Computer-Aided Manufacturing: A computer will be used to generate and verify a numerical control program. The program generated will be used to operate and control a computerized CNC machine tool to produce the students product.
Programmable Logic Controllers: Attendees will write a program that will route a pallet around a conveyor system. The program will employ symbol-based programming using ladder logic.
Robotics: Students will be introduced to a couple of common robot programming methods. Programs will be written to pick and place an object from one location to another.
Workshop fees for all applicants selected for the program have been paid for by the program sponsors.
Purdue University College of Technology Manufacturing Center - The College of Technology Manufacturing Center was established in the fall of 1994 to emphasize and coordinate activities associated with manufacturing within the School of Technology. The Center two primary activities include the administration of the program of study entitled Manufacturing Engineering Technology (MFET) and the assistance in the coordination of cross-departmental manufacturing activities that take place within the College of Technology.
MFET Program The Manufacturing Engineering Technology program is an interdisciplinary program designed to prepare students for most areas associated with automation and computer control applications to solve problems. The curriculum blends the study of computer, electrical, mechanical and manufacturing systems. The skills of MFET graduates enable them to make immediate contributions in some of todays most challenging manufacturing environments as well as to lead and assist their organizations in achieving the ultimate proficiency of manufacturing resources.
Manufacturing Center Laboratory
This nationally recognized 2,400 square foot facility is divided into four functional areas that include a 17 workstation computer laboratory, a 1,400 square foot integrated manufacturing system, a small electronics manufacturing system, and a moderate size area used for automatic data capture. All areas are equipped with many of the most current manufacturing technologies available.
Professor Brad Harriger: Professor of Mechanical Engineering Technology with specialization in automated manufacturing.
Professor Henry Kraebber: Professor of Mechanical Engineering Technology with a specialization in Manufacturing Operations and Planning.
MFET Student Instructors
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