The CIM and Robotics laboratory at the ORT Braude was opened in 1997. It is located at the ground level of the central building of the college in Hall D106. It occupies a space of more than 100m2 in close proximity to the Computer Aided Design laboratory (Hall D107) the Strength and Measurement Laboratory (Hall 108) and the Control Laboratory (Hall D109). The laboratory was established in order to provide our students with knowledge and hands-on experience in the area of Computer Integrated Manufacturing and Robotics. Israel's most important industry - the HiTech industry depends heavily on the ability of engineering universities and colleges to provide their students with modern and updated equipment to accompany their theoretical studies. The CIM and Robotics laboratory presents the students the most advanced methods in various production processes. These modern methods are based upon the emerging technologies of computer-integrated manufacturing (CIM) and flexible manufacturing (FMS). They allow for faster development of new and improved products of high quality, shorter development and production cycles, faster delivery times, reduced production costs, and the ability to compete with the ever-changing demands of the international markets. The Laboratory serves students in the department of Industrial Engineering and Management and department of Mechanical Engineering. It is used by a large number of undergraduate students for carrying out supervised assignments and projects. The Laboratory is based on a semi industrial CIM/FMS training facility designed and build by Eshed Robotech. It consists of all the stages of computer integrated manufacturing (CIM), from product design to product realization.
  • Graphic station based on CADKEY software. The station provides tools for 2D and 3D product design including full Solid modular design. The station is connected to colored printers and plotters to provide professional technical drawing in all standard sizes.
  • MasterCam design and simulation station. This station includes the most updated MasterCam software for product and process design. It provides tools for product design in 3D, post processor for converting graphic image into machine code files (Gcodes) and communication channels for data transfer between the station and the actual CNC machines.
  • Vizcom station. This station uses one of the most widely used Man-Machine Interface (MMI) packages available in the market. It includes the Vizcom software for graphic interface and simulation, as well as miniature production plant controlled by a Logical Programmable Controller (PLC).
  • OpenCim software. The OpenCim software, designed and developed by Eshed Robotec provides an open system for the control of virtual as well as real production lines. It includes a full scale simulation package for various production processes, and real-time control of the various equipment in the laboratory.
  • 2 semi-industrial FMS Cells. The cells include an EMCO Lathe and an EMCO machining center with tool changers. Each cell includes a loading/unloading robot (ER V) and is controlled by dedicated PC controller. The machining center is connected to a MasterCam station, allowing loading/unloading of NC files (in Gcode) generated by the MasterCam processor. The lathe is connected to a ??? Module that provides programming and simulation tools.
  • Automated Storage and Retrieval Robotic System (AS/RS) - a single stacker system with two 5x6 storage units. This is a scaled-down but fully industrial AS/RS, that provide fast and accurate storage and retrieval of raw materials, tools and products. The AS/RS system is based on a Cartesian Robot with four degrees of freedom and various sensors for control and safety. The system also includes a computerized data base for efficient inventory management.
  • Five ER V articulated robots. These robots are on one hand integral part of the CIM set up of the laboratory, and on the other hand can be operated as individual robotic cells. All robots are controlled by the ACL language and can be programmed both on and off line.
  • Four Mitsubishi fully industrial articulated robots. These robots can be operated individually, providing excellent performance of five degrees of freedom industrial robots. The robots are arranged around an assembly station for experiments and demonstrations of issues related to assembly processes.
  • The vision station is based on an ER V articulated robot and computer vision package (ROBOTVISION PLUS). The vision station serves for individual experiments in different aspects of computer vision, and robotic-vision cell integration. This station is also an integral part of the Quality Control (QC) and Quality Assurance (QA) of the overall CIM system.
  • The PLC station includes an ER V articulated robot, linear conveyor system and various sensors controlled by an industrial PLC. It cell can be programmed for various tasks, requiring integration of PLC programming (using ladder diagrams) robot programming (ACL) and sensory data.
  • Central pallet conveyor system. The system includes a closed-loop conveyor with load/unload stations, and a system of pallets and modular part-holding templates. The pallets are identified by a magnetic coding system on each station physically connected by the conveyor system. The conveyor is controlled by a PLC that is an integral part of the overall CIM system, and therefore provides real time report on the status of material transfer within the system.
  • Courses given in conjunction with the laboratory (visits, assignments and course projects). This includes scheduled laboratories given as part of course requirements, and individual projects in the various aspects related to the laboratory. There are 12 laboratory session during a semester each includes 5 groups of 3 students each. Following is a list of the topics covered by each laboratory assignment:
  1. Introduction to CIM and ACL
  2. Robotics: Introduction to on-line programming.
  3. Robotics: Motion control
  4. Robotics: Pick & Place
  5. Robotics: Interface with external equipment.
  6. PLC: Integration with a robot and sensors.
  7. Vision.
  8. Solid modular design: CadKey.
  9. Man-Machine Interface (MMI): VizCon
  10. Computer Numerical Control (CNC): MasterCam.
  11. CIM Simulation: OpenCim
  12. Operation of CIM system.
  • Projects in Robotics and Computer Integrated Manufacturing by students from the department of Industrial Engineering & Management and department of Mechanical Engineering.
  • Visits of High school students in a Technological Enrichment Program, organized by the ORT Braude College.
Department of Industrial Engineering and Management
ORT Braude College, Carmiel.
Tel: 972-4-9901926, Fax: 972-4-9882016
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