Amatrol Mechatronics Learning System

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Mechatronics encourages innovation at a whole new level!

Amatrol’s Mechatronics Learning System teaches learners a broad array of job-ready skills in integrated technologies as they work together in a team environment. The Mechatronics Learning System is compact, enabling it to fit into almost any teaching facility. Whether using one station or many, Amatrol’s Mechatronics Learning System is the ultimate team project!

This learning system teaches learners how to manufacture industrial quality working directional control valves. They develop skills needed to enable processes to work together such as making precision physical adjustments. Modern industry leverages technology so that one set of equipment can make many products. Amatrol’s 870 Mechatronics System brings industrial realism to the classroom by allowing learners to program it to assemble a minimum of four different variations of the valve.

Individual Station Detail:

Seven stations make up a complete flexible manufacturing system. Each station is a small mechatronics system in itself with multiple, integrated technologies that can be used stand-alone or in various combinations, creating unlimited project capability.c

Station 1: Mechatronics Pick and Place Feeding (87-MS1)

Amatrol’s 87-MS1, Pick and Place Feeding, is station 1 of the 870 Mechatronics Learning System. The 87-MS1 station is a small mechatronics system in itself with multiple, integrated technologies that can be used stand-alone or in combination with other stations. Industrial safety and operation are emphasized on all Amatrol mechatronic stations.

The Pick and Place Feeding station teaches interfacing, problem solving, programming, sequencing and operation for pneumatic robots, material feeding systems, powered parts feeders, vacuum grippers, hall-effect sensors, and magnetic sensors. This station starts the process of assembling a working industrial directional control valve.

The 87-MS1 is a mobile workstation with slotted work surface that contains an operator station, powered feed module, pneumatic pick and place manipulator, finished parts storage module, parts set, a pneumatic distribution module as well as an electrical distribution module, an electro-pneumatic valve manifold, and a digital I/O interface module.

Learning Topics

  • Powered Parts Feeder Operation
  • Shock Absorber Adjustment
  • Vacuum Switch Adjustment
  • Vacuum Gripper Adjustment
  • Material Feeding Systems
  • Station Operation
  • Electrical Sensors
  • Electrical Pick and Place
  • Pneumatic Pick and Place
  • Mechatronics Safety
  • Control Systems Concepts
  • Mechatronics Introduction
  • Pneumatic Manipulator Operation
  • Powered Parts Feeder Sequencing
  • Pneumatic Manipulator Sequencing
  • PLC Program Design for Station Sequencing

Key Features

  • Hall-effect sensor
  • Vacuum gripper
  • Powered parts feeder
  • Pneumatic robot
  • Material feeding system
  • Magnetic sensor
  • Photoelectric sensor

Mechatronics Pick and Place Feeding Station (87-MS1)

Station 2: Mechatronics Gauging (87-MS2)

Amatrol’s 87-MS2, Gauging, is station 2 of the 870 Mechatronics Learning System. The 87-MS2 station is a small mechatronics system in itself with multiple, integrated technologies that can be used stand-alone or in combination with other stations. Industrial safety and operation are emphasized on all Amatrol mechatronic stations.

The Gauging station teaches interfacing, problem solving, programming, sequencing and operation for go/no-go gauging, analog sensor adjustment, non-servo electric traverse axis, synchronous belt drive, ball screw drives and part rejection/transfer. The 87-MS2 performs a number of quality inspections in the process of assembling a working industrial directional control valve.

The 87-MS2 is a mobile workstation with slotted work surface that contains an operator station, ultrasonic measurement module, proximity gauging module, part transfer module, part reject module, finished parts storage module, parts set, a pneumatic distribution module as well as an electrical distribution module, an electro-pneumatic valve manifold, and a digital I/O interface module.

Learning Topics

  • Ball Screw Drive Adjustment
  • Synchronous Belt Adjustment
  • Non-Servo Electric Traverse Axis Travel Adjustment
  • Station Operation
  • Electrical Sensors
  • Electrical Pick and Place
  • Pneumatic Pick and Place
  • Mechatronics Safety
  • Control Systems Concepts
  • Mechatronics Introduction
  • Non-Servo Electric Traverse Axis Sequencing
  • Part Reject Module Sequencing
  • Go/No-Go Station Sequencing
  • PLC Program Design for Station Sequencing

Key Features

  • Non-servo Electric Traverse Axis
  • Magnetic Reed Switches
  • Limit Switches
  • Photoelectric Sensor
  • Inductive Sensor
  • Ultrasonic Sensor
  • Analog Sensor Adjustment
  • Go/No-Go Gauging
  • Synchronous Belt Drive
  • Ball Screw Drives
  • Part Rejection/Transfer

Mechatronics Pick and Place Feeding Station (87-MS2)

Station 3: Mechatronics Orientation-Processing (87-MS3)

Amatrol’s 87-MS3, Orientation-Processing, is station 3 of the 870 Mechatronics Learning System. The 87-MS3 station is a small mechatronics system in itself with multiple, integrated technologies that can be used stand-alone or in combination with other stations. Industrial safety and operation are emphasized on all Amatrol mechatronic stations.

The Orientation-Processing station teaches interfacing, problem solving, programming, sequencing and operation for index tables, stepper motors, homing sensors, fiber optic sensors, part transfer, parts orientation, and capacitor sensors. This station performs the role of parts orientation and an optional simulated machine operation in the process of assembling a working industrial directional control valve.

The 87-MS3 is a mobile workstation with slotted work surface that contains an operator station, 8-station rotary index table, pick and place pneumatic robot, fiber optic gauging module, part transfer module, finished parts storage module, parts set, a pneumatic distribution module as well as an electrical distribution module, an electro-pneumatic valve manifold, and a digital I/O interface module.

Learning Topics

  • Part Transfer Module Sequencing
  • Homing Sensor Adjustment
  • Stepper Motor Controller Programming
  • Capacitive Sensor Adjustment
  • Fiber Optic Sensor Adjustment
  • Station Operation
  • Electrical Sensors
  • Electrical Pick and Place
  • Pneumatic Pick and Place
  • Mechatronics Safety
  • Control Systems Concepts
  • Mechatronics Introduction
  • Stepper Motor Index Table Sequencing
  • Parts Orientation Sequencing
  • Station Sequencing

Key Features

  • Stepper Motors
  • Homing Sensors
  • GMR (Giant Magnetoresistive) Sensors
  • Inductive Sensors
  • Capacitive Sensors
  • Parts Orientation
  • Part Transfer
  • Index Tables

Mechatronics Orientation-Processing Station (87-MS3)

Station 4: Mechatronics Sorting-Buffering (87-MS4)

Amatrol’s 87-MS4, Sorting-Buffering, is station 4 of the 870 Mechatronics Learning System. The 87-MS4 station is a small mechatronics system in itself with multiple, integrated technologies that can be used stand-alone or in combination with other stations. Industrial safety and operation are emphasized on all Amatrol mechatronic stations.

The Sorting-Buffering station teaches interfacing, problem solving, programming, sequencing and operation for sorting, queuing, flat belt conveyors, photoelectric sensors, and inductive sensors. This station performs the role of sorting parts by material type in the process of assembling a working industrial control valve.

The 87-MS4 is a mobile workstation with slotted work surface that contains an operator station, belt conveyor module, part sorting module, buffer module, proximity sensing module, parts set, a pneumatic distribution module as well as an electrical distribution module, an electro-pneumatic valve manifold, and a digital I/O interface module.

Learning Topics

  • Photoelectric Sensor Adjustment
  • Flat Belt Conveyor Adjustment
  • Station Operation
  • Electrical Sensors
  • Electrical Pick and Place
  • Pneumatic Pick and Place
  • Manual Operation
  • Machine Operator Functions
  • Mechatronics Safety
  • Control Systems Concepts
  • Mechatronics Introduction
  • Sorting Module Sequencing
  • Parts Queuing Module Sequencing
  • PLC Program Design for Station Sequencing

Key Features

  • Photoelectric Sensors
  • Flat Belt Conveyors
  • Queuing
  • Sorting
  • Inductive Sensors

Mechatronics Sorting-Buffering Station (87-MS4)

Station 5: Mechatronics Servo Robotic Assembly - Pegasus II (87-MS5)

Amatrol’s 87-MS5-P2, Servo Robotic Assembly – Pegasus II, is station 5 of the 870 Mechatronics Learning System. The 87-MS5-P2 station is a small mechatronics system in itself with multiple, integrated technologies that can be used stand-alone or in combination with other stations. Industrial safety and operation are emphasized on all Amatrol mechatronic stations.

The Servo Robotic Assembly station teaches interfacing, problem solving, programming, sequencing and operation for servo robotics, gravity feeders, pick and place assembly, pneumatic screw feeders, and part insertion. This station performs the role of assembling a working industrial directional control valve using a combination of servo robotic and pick and place technologies.

The 87-MS5-P2 has two mobile workstations with slotted work surfaces that contain an operator station, Pegasus II servo robot with teach pendant, spool insertion module, screw feed module, spring/knob feed module, screw/knob engagement module, assembly shuttle module, parts presentation module, finished parts storage module, parts set, a pneumatic distribution module as well as an electrical distribution module, an electro-pneumatic valve manifold, and a digital I/O interface module.

Learning Topics

  • Electrical Sensors
  • Mechatronics Introduction
  • Station Sequencing
  • Screw Thread Engagement Module Sequencing
  • Screw Feed Module Sequencing
  • Part Insertion Module Sequencing
  • Automatic Screw Feeder Adjustment
  • Parts Feeder with Escapement Adjustment
  • Station Operation
  • Electrical Pick and Place
  • Pneumatic Pick and Place
  • Mechatronics Safety
  • Control Systems Concepts

Key Features

  • Pneumatic Screw Feeders
  • Pick and Place Assembly
  • Gravity Feeders
  • Servo Robotics
  • Part Insertion

Mechatronics Servo Robotic Assembly Station (87-MS5)

Station 6: Mechatronics Torque Assembly (87-MS6)

Amatrol’s 87-MS6, Torque Assembly, is station 6 of the 870 Mechatronics Learning System. The 87-MS6 station is a small mechatronics system in itself with multiple, integrated technologies that can be used stand-alone or in combination with other stations. Industrial safety and operation are emphasized on all Amatrol mechatronic stations.

The Torque Assembly station teaches interfacing, problem solving, programming, sequencing and operation for an automated torque system, electric traverse slide, DC motor torque, variable speed motors and clutches. This station assures that the assembly components are properly tightened in the process of assembling a working industrial directional control valve.

The 87-MS6 is a mobile workstation with slotted work surface that contains an operator station, screw torque module, part clamp module, electric traverse module, a pneumatic distribution module as well as an electrical distribution module, an electro-pneumatic valve manifold, and a digital I/O interface module.

Learning Topics

  • Motor Starter Overload Adjustment
  • Motor Torque Adjustment
  • Non-Servo Electric Slide Adjustment
  • DC Motor Speed Adjustment
  • Station Operation
  • Electrical Sensors
  • Electrical Pick and Place
  • Pneumatic Pick and Place
  • Mechatronics Safety
  • Control Systems Concepts
  • Mechatronics Introduction
  • Non-Servo Electric Slide Sequencing
  • Torque Clamp Module Sequencing
  • Station Sequencing

Key Features

  • Variable Speed Motors
  • Clutches
  • Electric Traverse Slide
  • Inductive Sensor
  • Magnetic Reed Switches
  • Variable Speed PWM (Pulse Width Modulator)
  • Pneumatic Gripper
  • DC Motor Torque
  • Automated Torque System

Mechatronics Torque Assembly Station (87-MS6)

Station 7: Mechatronics Inventory Storage (87-MS7)

Amatrol’s 87-MS7, Inventory Storage, is station 7 of the 870 Mechatronics Learning System. The 87-MS7 station is a small mechatronics system in itself with multiple, integrated technologies that can be used stand-alone or in combination with other stations. Industrial safety and operation are emphasized on all Amatrol mechatronic stations.

The Inventory Storage station teaches interfacing, problem solving, programming, sequencing and operation for pick and place storage, pneumatic grippers and brakes, infrared sensors, and a programmable pneumatic traverse module. This station sorts the completed assemblies of working industrial directional control valves.

The 87-MS7 is a mobile workstation with slotted work surface that contains an operator station, a programmable position pneumatic robot, 4-channel parts storage module, a parts presentation module, a pneumatic distribution module as well as an electrical distribution module, an electro-pneumatic valve manifold, and a digital I/O interface module.

Learning Topics

  • Infrared Sensor Adjustment
  • Pneumatic Brake Adjustment
  • Pneumatic Gripper Adjustment
  • Station Operation
  • Electrical Sensors
  • Electrical Pick and Place
  • Pneumatic Pick and Place
  • Mechatronics Safety
  • Control Systems Concepts
  • Mechatronics Introduction
  • Non-Servo Electric Slide Sequencing
  • Torque Clamp Module Sequencing
  • Station Sequencing

Key Features

  • Programmable Pneumatic Traverse Module
  • Infrared Sensors
  • Pneumatic Grippers and Brakes
  • Pick and Place Storage
  • Magnetic Reed Switches
  • Inductive Sensors

Mechatronics Inventory Storage Station (87-MS7)

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Key Features

Key Features of Amatrol’s Mechatronics Programs

Amatrol’s Mechatronics Programs will quickly bring your mechatronics program online with the teaching tools you need to get the job done: extensive curriculum in print-based and either multimedia or eBook formats, high quality industrial hands-on training equipment, and computerized classroom assessment system..

Industrial Components and Safety

Amatrol’s Mechatronics Learning System uses industry standard components typical of what learners will see in industry. Recreating the industrial environment in the classroom helps make learners job-ready by building skills using the equipment they will find in the workplace.

Safety in an industrial setting is critical. Amatrol’s Mechatronics Systems teach learners standard industrial practices and methods that support a safe workplace. On the full-size mechanical system, emergency stop circuits meet industrial standards as does the real world operator panel. Learners study the importance of lockout / tagout and procedures for correct machine start-up, shut-down, and emergency stop operation.

Wide Array of Advanced Technology

Amatrol’s Mechatronics Systems cover a broad array of applications across a balance of mechanical, electrical, electronics, fluid power and software to enable learners to work effectively in virtually any industrial setting. As an example, the full-size mechatronics system includes eight types of electronic sensors, three types of electrical motors, four types of pneumatic actuators and 20 different mechanical power transmission components.

Individualized and Group Learning Formats

Amatrol’s curriculum is designed to give instructors the flexibility to teach students using either a self-directed or traditional lecture-lab format. The curriculum design allows labs to be implemented with a minimum of preparation.

Multimedia and Printed Curriculum Formats

Amatrol’s curriculum is well known for its breadth and depth of industry-relevant skills. Amatrol’s unique curriculum approach uses a task-based design where theory and hands-on activities are structured around industry-relevant tasks that enable learners to develop job-ready skills. The curriculum easily supports either traditional lecture-lab format or individualized learning so learners can move at their own pace.

The full-size Mechatronics Learning System boasts a robust ten Learning Activity Packets (LAPs). The first two LAPs concentrate on skills core to all stations: an introduction to mechatronics, systems concepts, safety, machine operation, sensors, pneumatic pick & place, and electrical pick & place. Integration skills across multiple stations, as well as skills specific to an individual station are covered in the balance. Overall system skills include discrete I/O handshaking, system start-up / halt, system stop / reset, and FMS programming.

All stations teach operation, sequencing and programming skills. Stations can be easily moved apart to function as individual workstations by releasing two quick connects and one plug-in cable. Stations can also be mixed and matched, enabling instructors to build and change the system as budgets allow or needs change. Many station combinations are available to support your needs.

On the Tabletop Mechatronics Learning System, the curriculum features an astounding breadth and depth of automation topics and skills. Key learning areas include: control system concepts, mechatronics safety, programmable controllers, PLC programming language, PLC program analysis, motor control basics, program development, timer instructions, time-driven sequencing, and much more!

Automated Lab Results

Amatrol’s SkillACE software makes documentation of lab results an easy task for teachers with a computerized data collection system and powerful reporting tools.

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