Tallahassee Community College (TCC) needs an assembly line system to utilize in their Advanced Manufacturing and Training Center as a Mechatronics certification tool. TCC requires a system for teaching their students to examine and diagnose common issues in a manufacturing setting. TCC’s educational need for the machine is paramount, requiring the team to design a system that can create many different challenges for students.
A modular system provides the flexibility necessary for educational use. Objects travel across the conveyor belt where sensors determine size and material. A mechanical arm then sorts the objects into the appropriate bin. For the educational purpose, we provided pre-calculated failures as curriculum options. Similar systems are used in the food industry, the environment industry and the travel industry. Discovering and removing foreign materials is crucial to the success of production and for the safety of the people who use the product.