Addition of Motion Control capability by adding mechanical actuators and Servo Drives to existing Rockwell PLC controls for 436 lab.

Project Title: Addition of Motion Control capability by adding mechanical actuators and Servo Drives to existing Rockwell PLC controls for 436 lab.

Project Lead’s Name: Jeff Peterson


Phone: (513) 529-0755

Please Choose the Primary Affiliation: CEC

Are There Other Project Team Members?: Yes

Other Project Team Member: Dr. Mark Scott

Other Team Member Email Address:

Brief description of project: The current PLC controls that we have in our 436 lab are capable of controlling Allen Bradley's new Kinetix Servo Drives via Ethernet. The software instructions for this type of control are already available in the software we currently are using in this lab. But in order to add this to our current lab, we are in need of the drives, motors and mechanical actuators. We are planning on this equipmnet to constitute a 3 Axis mutipurpose lab unit. The addition of this equipment will greatly enhance our students skills and experience in the very important area of motion control. Along with enhancing the current 436 lab, it would be a great addition to the proposed PLC class/lab and could also be used for multiple senior design projects

Does this project focus on graduate student education or graduate student life?: No

Describe the problem you are attempting to solve and your approach for solving that problem.: Adding motion control training to our PLC controls lab will greatly enhance the overall depth of experience that our students get from this lab. We are also planning on expanding this lab into a full blown course in the near future. This equipment will add to our range of important control subjects that we'll be able to cover in either the 436 lab or in the new PLC controls course.

The criteria state that technology fee projects should benefit students in innovative and/or significant ways. How would you describe the innovation and/or significance of your project?: Servo drives are used in all kinds of industrial applications such as Robotics, CNC machines, aerospace flight control, medical and material handling applications. Experience in working with servo drives is a valued skill in a lot of industries.

How will you assess the project?: This equipment will be part of a lab that has existed for going on 16 years here at Miami Oxford. We have had great success in helping students learn how to design and program control systems using PLC's with the end result being many students with successful jobs in this field. I would like to see this success continue into the future while giving students the ability to work with the latest technology and equipment. Basically the assessment will be the continuation of this success and in the progress of improving and expanding this ongoing lab and future course.

Have you applied for and/or received Tech Fee awards in past years?: Yes

If funded, what results did you achieve?: We were able to upgrade our existing lab to continue to use the latest versions of the programming software. If we had not been able to purchase the newer processors, we would have been limited to an older version of the software. Also the newer processors are significantly more powerful than the older units and will allow us to add more capabilities in the future, such as adding motion control using servos motors as mentioned earlier.

Did you submit a final report?: Yes

What happens to the project in year two and beyond? Will there be any ongoing costs such as software or hardware maintenance, supplies, staffing, etc.? How will these be funded?: There should not be any significant expenses with this equipment in the future.

Note! I was working on a quote for the Nook units to combine item 11(quote #2450470)& item 12 into 1 quote from CBT that would include the 3rd axis as shown (item #12)on the materials list. That quote was not ready in time for this proposal so I estimated the cost of the 3rd axis based on the quote #2450470. For the beacons, they have a default battery life of 3 years, with a maximum of 5 years. The replacement cost of these beacons is $60 for each set. So, that would be $120 in 3 years to 5 years. In the long term, this will be funded by our department.

Budget: Hardware

Hardware Title(s) & Vendor(s): Cincinnati Belting and Transmission

Hardware Costs: $14,456.38

What is the total budget amount requested?: $14,456.38