The School of Technology recently welcomed the campus to tour its new Mechatronics Laboratory during Technology Day 2009. The ceremonial ribbon cutting was performed by Chancellor Howard Cohen, Purdue Calumet, Dr. Victor Lechtenberg, Vice Provost for Engagement, Purdue West Lafayette and Dr. Niaz Latif, Dean, School of Technology, Purdue Calumet.
This laboratory is a collaborative effort between the University and many members of the packaging industry resulting in a world class laboratory. With over $200,000 in donations as a result of this collaboration, PUC students have access to modern equipment of the same quality they will encounter upon employment.
The laboratory offers hands-on experience in both the electrical and mechanical areas of designing, installing, and troubleshooting the complex equipment that produces and packages all of the items consumers purchase daily. Students will learn advanced programming techniques, interfacing automated equipment, sensor design, machine design, and troubleshooting.
Since this laboratory contains current industry standard equipment, use of this lab in class constitutes experiential learning, and students will be well prepared to design, install, and troubleshoot this type of equipment making them very valuable to employers.
Companies supporting this effort include: Intralox, Eaton, Mitsubishi Electric Automation, Hoffman, Schneider Electric, ELAU, Fox IV Technologies, Fastec Imaging, Morrison Container Handling Solutions, Dorner Manufacturing, Balluff, Shuttleworth, Bimba Manufacturing, Aeromet Industries and the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute.