LAN Implementation in a Teaching Laboratory for Computer Integrated Manufacturingby David E. Werstler, Western Washington Univ, United States,
Kathleen L. Kitto, Western Washington Univ, United States,
Abstract: The CIM (Computer Integrated Manufacturing) lab at Western Washington University contains a miniature factory with five robotic workcells and eight computers representing various departments of the company, connected with a LAN (local area network) and PLC (programmable logic controller) network. It is the combination of the networks and common database that differentiates the CIM course from others that teach only specific computerized tools, thus fully demonstrating the concept of integration. Each student in the course becomes the manager of a department and implements the assigned software in the paperless factory.
Subject Headings: Computer networks | Robotics | Manufacturing | Colleges and universities | Databases | Students | Managers | Computer software
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