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- Effective Term:
- Winter 2022 through Winter 2024
- Course Number:
- MT 178
- Course Title:
- Mechatronics Capstone-Industrial Robots II
- Credit Hours:
- Lecture Hours:
- Lecture/Lab Hours:
- Lab Hours:
Addendum to Course Description
Faults can be in PLC controllers, pneumatic driven robots, DC, AC, stepper, or servo motor driven robots, can be electrical, electro-mechanical, and mechanical in nature.
Currently, we will work on SMC trainers.
Requires completion of lab-based homework, using PCC's lab equipment, outside of scheduled class sessions. Students should plan for approximately 3 hours per week on average and will be able to reserve time during open lab hours. The hours that lab will be available for this purpose will be visible for students in schedule notes and/or through other effective means at registration time.
Intended Outcomes for the course
Upon completion of the course students should be able to:
- Trace signals at different points in schematics of mechatronic systems.
- Trace and probe signals on mechatronic systems guided by schematics.
- Judge whether signals behave normally.
- Troubleshoot faults in mechatronic systems following a systematic methodology.
Course Activities and Design
The course will include instructor delivered lectures and demonstrations stressing key topics in the course. In preparation for the lecture portion of the course, students will be expected to complete all reading and homework assignments. Students may build, analyze and trouble-shoot increasingly complex mechatronics systems in class.
Outcome Assessment Strategies
Assessment of student performance in this course will be in the form of written and/or practice-based questions. Some formal reports and presentations may also be required.
Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)
· Levels of troubleshooting
· Types of PLC faults
· Status and diagnostic indicators
Mechatronics Power Supply Troubleshooting
· Power supply circuit operation
· Mechatronics power supply problems
· Power supply troubleshooting methods
Mechatronics Input Troubleshooting
· Discrete inputs
· Testing discrete input devices
· Testing discrete input modules
Mechatronics Output Troubleshooting
· PLC force function
· Forcing PLC inputs and outputs using variable tables
· Testing PLC discrete output devices
· Testing PLC discrete output modules
- Forming an objective problem statement
- Forming a clear mental picture of the entire system involved in the problem
- Designing and then carrying out quick and definitive tests to isolate the problem to a subsystem.
- Developing lists of all possible causes of the problem in an isolated sub-system.
- Designing quick and definitive tests to verify whether a possible cause is the true cause or not.
- Prioritizing to see which possible causes to check first based on the ease of the check and the probability of the cause
- Gathering and using clues to judge which path to follow. (Given the clues, what is the likely cause? Training of this judgment)