Mar 27, 2023  
2015-2016 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2015-2016 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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IE 3771 - Automation Technologies

2 lecture hours 2 lab hours 3 credits
Course Description
This course deals with automation technologies utilized in manufacturing, logistics, and service environments. It compares manual and automated systems for material handling, storage systems, inspection, and product identification. It includes hands-on lab instruction in topics such as robotic programming, flexible manufacturing systems, and using a coordinate measuring machine (CMM). (prereq: IE 426   or ME 323 )
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Distinguish important capabilities and limitations related to automation technologies, particularly with respect to robotics, identification, inspection, material handling and storage systems
  • Select and justify a material transport system and a storage system for a given scenario in a manufacturing or service industry
  • Perform calculations related to production rate, production capacity, and storage capacity
  • Distinguish important capabilities and limitations of robotic processes
  • Program a robot using a software interface
  • Analyze a line balancing problem using a heuristic algorithm
  • Understand flexible automated production systems through use of the Festo FMS

Prerequisites by Topic
  • General understanding of a variety of manufacturing processes (such as machining, sheet metal stamping and forming, and plastic injection molding)

Course Topics
  • Robotics, discrete control, PLCs
  • Material handling and storage systems
  • Automated data capture and identification technologies
  • Inspection and inspection technologies
  • Flexible manufacturing systems
  • Line balancing
  • Calculating production and storage capacity

Laboratory Topics
  • Programming a robot
  • Operating and programming a CMM
  • Operating and analyzing a FMS
  • Bar codes and RFID
  • Line balancing

Charlene Yauch

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