Cim On Wheels: An Innovative Educational Tool

Jian Edward Zhang, Lucy King
1997 Annual Conference Proceedings   unpublished
CIM on WHEELS is a mini-integrated design and manufacturing, computer controlled laboratory, set up in a trailer with wide-open side and rear doors. The overall dimension for the trailer is 16' x 8'. Observers and operators will be stationed outside the trailer. The equipment and trailer have been purchased with funds from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), TRW corporation, GMI matching funds, and contributions from many industrial companies.
more » ... trial companies. All equipment, activities and processes are under the supervision and control of a "supervisory" computer. CIM on WHEELS illustrates the concepts of streamlined engineering, from design to process planning to production. The GOAL is to provide a practical media for courses on CIM (computer integrated manufacturing) at GMI, seminars and workshops off-campus at various sectors of the community, technical or academic. The OBJECTIVES for this setup are to provide demonstrations and hands-on experience for students at GMI, for precollege students and for small industrial personnel at off-campus sites. GMI students are required to present,demonstrate and teach the components of CIM which they have learned in class, to offcampus audience. This allows them to obtain a deeper understanding of the topics. It will also give them the opportunity to play mentoring roles to the younger students. The CIM on WHEELS was displayed at SME-AutoFACT '96 Exhibition in Cobo Hall, Detroit, Michigan, November 12-14, 1996. II.
doi:10.18260/1-2--6451 fatcat:zoz66qz4ongpzd7esak6joujgi