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“The material covered in LSSU's engineering program provided me a solid foundation for graduate studies. The systematic approach and communication skills needed to tackle engineering projects were taught and then practiced over and over again. In particular I appreciate the many hours spent by the faculty to develop oral presentation skills in each student. As a graduate student now, these skills have proven to be highly beneficial and, to my surprise, obviously not taught to the same extent at many other universities.”

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Senior Projects 2012-2013

Team AIM

Erik Miller takes you on a tour of the new work cell!

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Team AIM pictured from left: Faculty Advisor Prof. Jim Devaprasad; Project sponsors Diane Haig and Jason Marksino of Applied Manufacturing Technology; Erik Miller, EE; Mike Brown, MfgET; Josh Bodell, MfgET; and Jon Spencer, ME.

Team AIM: Automation in Motion

Members:

  • Erik Miller, EE
  • Mike Brown, MfgET
  • Josh Bodell, MfgET
  • Jon Spencer, ME

Faculty Advisor:

  • Prof. Jim Devaprasad

Companies:

  • Applied Manufacturing Technology, Orion, MI
  • LSSU Engineering

Engineering Support:

  • Mr. Jason Markesino, AMT

Project Description: Robotics System IntegrationTeam Automation in Motion (AIM) designed, constructed, and integrated a robotics workcell into LSSU's robotics and automation lab. The workcell consists of four Fanuc robots mounted on a rotary index table that is controlled by an Allen Bradley programmable logic controller (PLC). The robotics workcell serves two purposes: First, it is an educational platform that will be used to train future LSSU engineering students, and second, a solar array assembly demonstration to showcase its operation. The software used for this project included: RoboGuide, Karel Editor, Teach Pendant Programming, Creo, BootP/DHCP Server, RSLinx, Logix5000, and Factory Talk Studio Machine Edition.

Fanuc rotary index workcell Fanuc Rotary Index workcell uses 4 robots to assemble solar cells and test for bad parts.
Fanuc placing solar wafers Fancus testing cell

Fanuc palletizing solar cell
Fanuc places solar wafers into cell framework Complete cells are picked up and placed under light source projectd by roboto on right to test for bad parts. Palletizing robot changes end-of-arm tool from gripper to suction to sort completed and tested cells onto separate pallets.

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