The ADMS Lab has migrated to the new EPIC facility. The basic components are still the same as described here.
The centerpiece of the ADMS lab is a state-of-the-art automated manufacturing cell.The Lab is used in ME345, a junior-level course on Manufacturing Automation. The emphasis is on a systems point of view of the manufacturing process and the role each component plays in an integrated system.
The main components of the ADMS Lab are:
- Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC)
- CNC machines
- Sensors, including a vision system
- Software modules for CAD/CAM, CIM, and Simulation
- Communication networking
The ADMS Lab cell consist of a set of stations arranged around a conveyor belt as shown…
The control station contains the central computer, the PLC (Programmable Logic Controller) and its terminal. It does not contain a robot or any production devices.
The CNC station contains the CNC computer and controller, the CNC machines (two milling machines and one lathe) ERV7/9 robots, sensors, buffers and a small linear conveyor.
QC (Quality Control) Station
The QC station contains the QC computer and controller, two CNC mills, one CNC Lathe, the ERV9 Robot, a vision system, sensors and buffers. The devices are used for inspection of part quality based primarily on machine vision.
The following elements are common to both the CNC and QC stations:
- An ACL controller which coordinates the operation of the station and controls the robot and any peripheral devices.
- A PC for user interface to the station controller and device controllers or other software.
- Devices that perform an operation in the production cycle, such as CNC machines.
- Two SCORBOT-ER7/9 robots which perform material handling tasks such as loading and unloading a part into a CNC machine, loading it onto the pallets, etc.
- A peripheral device that aids the robot in the material handling tasks, such as a linear slide-base that supports the robots in the CNC stations.
In addition the stations contain other devices that perform production activity such as material removal or online inspection.
The design stations contain PCs loaded with several software tools: design packages, production tools and production system simulation and control. These include CAD/CAM software and the OpenCIM package to run the entire setup as a single CIM system.
What students learn
As part of the ADMS lab experience in (12 modules), students manufacture various parts designed on a CAD system and then fabricated using computer-controlled machines
The CAD software package used in the lab allows the user to not only design a part but to also generate the CNC machine code. There are two basic types of machines in the ADMS Lab: Universal Milling Machines and Lathes. Each of these machines requires different types of programs in order to work. The CAM software has two main components: 3-D Machining and 3-D Turning, for milling and turning respectively.