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Industrial Engineering

Industrial Engineering Facilities

The Industrial Engineering Program has two state-of-the art laboratories: the Flexible Manufacturing Laboratory and the Lean Manufacturing Laboratory.

Flexible Manufacturing Laboratory

The Flexible Manufacturing lab contains two Eshed Robotech ER-V+ robots, one ER-VII robot, one EMCO VMC-100 NC mill, one EMCO Turn 120P NC drill, an automated storage and retrieval system carousel, a ViewFlex machine vision system, and a conveyor system that transfers parts between stations. These hardware components are controlled through 4 Dell computers, an Allen Bradley programmable logic controller SL5/03 and 3 control stations (32 Inputs, 16 Outputs). The controller software is Window XP based OpenCIM developed by Intelitek. The lab is the main teaching site for INEN 413 (Robotics and Automation) and INEN 408 (Manufacturing Facilities). The lab was established in 1992 through a grant from the Louisiana State Board of Regents ($290,000). The lab was upgraded in summer 2007 by Intelitek Company through another Board of Regents grant for the amount of $52,800 and a grant from Louisiana Tech University Student Technology Fee Board ($10,700). Major components that were upgraded or purchased include:

• A new PLC control unit (Allen Bradley programmable logic controller SL5/03). This new controller interfaces with the Open CIM software and the CIM components (i.e. robots, NC machines, conveyor system, ASRS system).

Photo of CIM components, robot and round table

• New sensors and convey stops compatible with the new SL5/03 PLC.

• The arms of two ER-5 plus robots. The upgraded arms now provide better controllability and gripping power.

• A new ViewFlex Machine Vision System. This new system is easy to program and provides better on-line quality inspection function to the system.

• Four Dell Optiplex 745 Personal Computers. These computers allow the hardware components to be controlled under the Windows XP-based Open CIM software.

Snapshot of OpenCIM software on computer screen• A full on-line version of the OpenCIM software. This software enables the user to perform 3-D simulation and to control the hardware of the flexible manufacturing system through a local-area-network. It is also an enterprise resource planning (ERP) tool.

• Six Fishertechnic robotic kits. These kits allow students to assemble robots of different types using LEGO building blocks and learn robot programming using their notebook computers as platforms.Photo of robot arm working

The equipment in this lab allows students to learn modern manufacturing technology through experiments, such as robot programming, NC programming, machine vision programming, PLC programming, as well as the operations of a flexible manufacturing cell and an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system.

Lean Manufacturing Laboratory

Bogard Hall 323 is the home for Industrial Engineering Program's Lean Manufacturing Laboratory. The lab was established in Fall 2006 through a Board of Regents grant ($44,971) and a grant from the Louisiana Technology Fee Board ($10,700). Hardware and software available in the lab include:

1. Four Dell Optiplex 745 Personal Computers with internet access
2. Four Tungsten Palm Computers with WorkStudy 3.1 software
3. Autodesk Architectural Studio (5 users + 5 year subscriptions)
4. Minitab 15 (9 users)
6. Arena version 11 (7 users)
7. Factory Talk version 2 (7 users)
8. Relex Reliability Software (6 users)
9. Microsoft Office Project
10. Microsoft Office Visio
11. Primavera (9 copies)
12. Proplanner (Site-license for 5 years)
13. Mirror Star-Tracing Apparatus (5 sets)
14. Choice Reaction Time Apparatus
15. Digital Timing Board (5 sets)

Also available in the lab are the following DVDs:
Lean Manufacturing in a Small Shop
Building a Lean Culture
Five S Factory Makeover
Toast Kaizen
Kanban System
Supply Chain Management
Mapping Your Value Stream
Breakthrough Kaizen
Introduction to Lean Manufacturing
Flexible Manufacturing Handling
Work Measurement
Lean Tooling in Action
Introduction to Lean Tooling
Learning Lean through Simulation
A Lean Supply Chain at John Deere
Mistake Proofing: Achieving Zero Defects
Six Sigma
Machine Vision at Work

Industrial Ergonomics

The Industrial Engineering Program also provides students with the opportunity to gain experience in real-world ergonomic applications. Ergonomics is becoming increasingly important in repetitive motion and physically challenging environments due to worker injuries and the negative financial impact to their companies.

INEN 414 includes applications of biomechanics that develops students’ skills in design of workstations, tools, and work methods for improving productivity and work safety. The course is designed for hands-on experience and use of technical data to provide support for decisions that may affect employees in various environments. Students will utilize current equipment to apply the course material for greater understanding of industrial ergonomics. 

Photo of ergonomics tool connected to an armScreenshot of ergonomics reading on computer