Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) embodies three components essential
to the implementation of flexible design & manufacturing -- the means for
information storage, retrieval, manipulation and presentation; the mechanisms by
which to sense state, and modify substance; and the methodologies by which
to unite them. The Computer Integrated Manufacturing Laboratory (CIMLab),
founded in 1987, provides students and research associates with necessary
facilities to contribute to the success of this goal.
Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) embodies a
CIM cell that uses a network of computers to control robots,
production machines and quality control devices. The CIM cell can be
easily programmed to produce custom parts and products. Educational
CIM soft wares are used to simulate the production cycle and enable
control and analysis of various aspects of the cycle, from the
planning through production.
system consists of 4 stations
# 1 ASRS (Automatic Storage and Retrieval System):
it picks and place the raw material or finished goods.
#2 CNC lathe & robot Er4u: It is a 6 axis robot and it picks the parts from the conveyor and places
it in the CNC lathe and CNC mill.
# 3 QC robot Er4u:
It is also a 6 axis robot and it picks the material places it on QC
station where it is measured by a digital Vernier caliper
pneumatically operated. It also picks and places the pallet with raw
material from buffer to AGV.
# 4 Quality control:
At the QC station material is inspected by using a digital camera
when defects are identified by digital image processing.
The material is transported to all the stations by a conveyor system
where it is placed on pallets. The material transportation and
identification is controlled by a PLC.