Our CIM systems are modular and flexible solutions for educating and training students in the principles and technologies of computer integrated manufacturing.
Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) system has several key components: an automated storage and retrieval system (ASRS), at least one automated workstation such as CNC machining, a continuous-loop conveyor, a central management control station, a TCP/IP communication network, and OpenCIM software.
Additional workstations can be added at any time for executing a variety of automated tasks, such as laser engraving, hydraulic and pneumatic device operation, process control, and quality control inspection.
Machine Tending Stations
A Machine Tending Station can be used as a stand-alone workcell, or integrated within a CIM system. The robot tends the CNC machine and performs other part manipulation and/or assembly tasks.
When used in a CIM system, the robot loads and unloads parts to and from the CIM conveyor. The robot is mounted on a linear slidebase for mobility and larger work area.
Any of the MTS stations can be provided as a standalone FMS.
The ASRS storage station is a floor-mounted or a table top automated storage and retrieval (ASRS) system designed for educational use.
The robot is controlled by Controller-USB and by a dedicated ASRS software module in the OpenCIM software. An optional hand-held teach
Assembly & Quality Control Station
The assembly and QC station is equipped with a variety of assembly and quality control devices as well as with local storage devices.
This turnkey station gives students training and skills in assembly, quality control, robotic programming and automated manufacturing systems.
This turnkey automated welding station gives students training and skills in production welding methods, robotic programming and control.
Students learn to overcome common welding problems, such as thermal deformation, by adjusting welding technique. Students also learn to improve weld quality by optimizing important welding parameters such as wire feed rate, robot speed, inert gas shield and voltage.
The conveyor frame is constructed of extruded, black anodized aluminum. A double flexible-chain moves in the inner and outer rails and moves the load (pallets) by friction.
Due to the modular concept a large variety and sizes of conveyors can be created.
Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) Station
The PLC (Programmable Logic Controller) can control and monitor the flow of pallets on the conveyor with the help of sensors and actuators that are build into the stop stations.
Various PLC types (Siemens, Omron, Allen-Bradley) and field bus systems (digital I/O,
Pallet Tracking Station
The stop station allows the PLC to control and monitor the flow of pallets on the conveyor with the help of sensors and actuators that are built into the stop stations.
Stop stations for various PLC types (Siemens, Omron, Allen-Bradley) and field bus systems (digital I/O, PROFIBUS, ASI bus) are supported.
The OpenCIM software is a computer-integrated systems management solution that contains all the elements found in fully-automated facilities.
OpenCIM is a complete software package for the operation, control and simulation of CIM systems
Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) curriculum exposes students to automation and industrial applications of CIM productions.