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Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) Lab
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.
Computer 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.
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This system consists of 4 stations

           Station # 1 ASRS (Automatic Storage and Retrieval System): it picks and place the raw material or finished goods.

Station #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.

Station # 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.

Station # 4 Quality control: At the QC station material is inspected by using a digital camera when defects are identified by digital image processing.

Transportation and Verification: 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.