Manufacturing Processes Laboratories
Students learn fundamentals of manufacturing processes in a traditional shop-type Machining Processes Laboratory and Joining Processes Laboratory. In these labs, students are exposed to a variety of conventional machining, forming and joining machine tools. Some of the available processes in these labs include: engine and bench lathes, knee-and-column milling machines, drill presses, surface grinders, tool grinder, saws (one vertical, one horizontal), surface plates with assorted manual and digital metrology gauging, electric arc welding, SMAW, GTAW, GMAW, spot welding plasma cutting torch, sand blasting, heat treating furnace, sintering furnace.
The process Engineering Laboratory houses two CNC machine tools and a coordinate measuring machine that represent the current generation of machinery similar to that in use in many modern factories in the United States: Haas Model VF-1 machining center, Superman Model TC-2 turning center, Browne and Sharpe MicroVal, DPC EZ-0804MV-XYZ manual video measuring system.
Automation and Control Laboratory
IME students learn principles, characteristics and applications of CNC and other automation technologies mainly in the Automation and Control Laboratory. To date, the laboratory has upgraded old equipment and has acquired new equipment such as new computers and RFID Development Kits and new bench-top CNC machines. Meanwhile, several local companies have donated about $150,000 worth of equipment to the laboratory. In summary, the Automation and Control Laboratory includes a variety of bench-top CNC machine tools, robots, controllers and sensors. The following is an abridged list of the apparatus employed in student learning.
- Bench-top CNC lathes
- Bench-top CNC milling machines
- Bench-top robots
- Conveyor with PLC controls
- Fischer Techniks kit
- Tri-PLC systems
- Barcode Scanners
- Passive RFID development kits
- Active RFID development kits
- Wireless sensor network nodes
- Motion control system
- Step motors, drivers, temperature sensors
In addition, this laboratory houses larger, industrial-style automation machinery:
- Scorbot ER-7 robot
- ABB IRB 140 robot
- 3D Microscribe digitizer
- DVT machine vision systems
- PPT machine vision systems
- Allen Bradley SLC-500 PLCs
- High-speed camera system
- Infrared (IR) camera system
- Linear actuators and controllers
ASEL focuses on the multidisciplinary development of theories, methodologies, and applications in designing safer, more resilient, more sustainable (longer-lasting), and lower-cost engineered systems. Current research thrusts in ASEL include:
- Modeling and optimization of complex systems
- Predictive analysis for failures and failure recovery schemes
- Development of data-driven decision making processes under uncertainties
Joint Composite Manufacturing Laboratory
The IME and the ME departments agreed to build a joint composite testing and processing laboratory in 2005. The laboratory hosts equipment from both departments in Dolve 127-130 for the joint teaching and development of undergraduate courses related to composites. Major equipment in the joint laboratory includes:
- Spray booth enclosure for lay-up
- Autoclave system
- Injection molding systems
- Material Testing systems
- Impact testing system
- Gas gun for ballistic impact test
- Flaw detector
- Fiber optic strain measurement system
- Eddy current testing system
- Bag molding system
The Computer/simulation Laboratory gives students access to high speed computers, printers and pertinent industrial engineering software. The lab is also the place where students go to work on homework and discuss upcoming projects. The lab can be accessed 24 hours per day, providing a study area for students. The lab was restructured in Fall 2012 with 25 new DakTech Gemini 67 core I performance desktop computers, one HP LaserJet 4250 high speed printer and 25 new work stations and chairs.
The computers are equipped with software that is utilized in IME classes, in addition to other useful programs: Solid works, Pro-Engineer/Creo, Tri-LOGI, LabView, Matlab, MasterCam, Minitab, Hyper LINDO, Hyper Lingo, Arena, ProModel.
Human Factors/Ergonomics Laboratory
IME 311 and 411 have frequent lab activities in Human Factors/Ergonomics Laboratory located in CIE 212. Currently the Laboratory has the following major equipments: Skinfold Calipers, anthropometers, Moart reaction time RT/MT panel, electrical fitness cycle, digital sound meters, light meters, hygrometer, anemometer, hydraulic hand dynamometers, hydraulic pinch gauges, hand grip heart rate, monitors, physicians scale, stopwatches, skeleton super.
Electronics and Precision Manufacturing Laboratory
This laboratory serves as a teaching and research facility which provides equipment, space and a supporting environment for undergraduate and graduate education in the field of electronics, manufacturing especially in the area of second-level (chip to board) and advanced packaging for microelectronic systems as well as in the methods of precision manufacturing and rapid prototyping.
The laboratory supports IME 427/627, Packaging for Electronics, IME 437/637, Methods for Precision Manufacturing, IME 380, CAD/CAM for manufacturing. The Laboratory also supports current and future research projects in the area of microelectronic systems packaging with a focus on low-cost, disposable microelectronics such as RFID tags and microsensor systems for at least three faculty and a number of graduate students. Silica aerogels and other advanced materials are another prominent area of research supported by the equipment in this lab. The equipment list is summarized as follows: stencil printers, solder paste inspection station, pick-and-place component placement station, component placement inspection station, AOI , reflow oven, electroplating system, soldering rework station, rapid prototype machine, characterization microscope, FSA (fluid self-assembly) setup for RFID manufacture, vertical type injection molding machine, Supercritical CO2 dryer.