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Industrial and Manufacturing
Systems Engineering
Automation and Simulation Laboratory

Purpose: Used to conduct projects and experiments related to IMSE 582, Computer Process Control; IMSE 462, Computer-Aided Design; IMSE 459, Simulation in Systems Design; IMSE 451, Computer Graphics; and IMSE 483, Computer-Integrated Manufacturing. The laboratory is also used for research and development projects in simulation modeling.



  • Hardware
  • 10 HP personal computers  
  • 1 HP DeskJet 520 printer
  • IMSE-related Software
  • Lindo and Lingo
  • Minitab version 12.0
  • OPTLine beta version
  • ProCAD and ProCAM
  • Witness version 8.3
  • DFMA
  • PLC 5
Computer-Integrated Manufacturing Laboratory

Purpose: The CIM Laboratory is one of the major laboratories for manufacturing. The laboratory is used during the Fall and Winter semesters for teaching laboratory exercises and performing course projects for IMSE 483, Computer-Integrated Manufacturing, and for conducting demonstrations and laboratory projects for IMSE 382, Manufacturing Processes I; and IMSE 481, Manufacturing Processes II.


Equipment: Contains a CIM cell (shown in photo) consisting of:

  • An Emco Maier (VMC100) CNC vertical milling machine
  • An Emco Maier (120P) CNC lathe
  • A machine tending station consisting of a SCORBOT-ER VII robot arm
  • A loading and unloading station consisting of a SCORBOT-ER V robot arm, and two gravity feeders
  • A closed loop conveyor with pallets
  • Associated CIM software from Eshed Robotec.
  • 4 CAD/CAM software licenses (Teksoft's ProCAD/ProCAM)
Human Factors Engineering & Ergonomics Laboratory

Purpose: Used to conduct experiments, and design and analysis exercises related to work methods, work analysis and time estimation; human anthropometry and strength capabilities; design of assembly lines, workcells and workstations; reaction time measurements; visual and auditory capability measurement; and work environment, sound and illumination measurement. The laboratory is used for IMSE 442, Work Methods and Measurement; IMSE 534, Human Perfomance Engineerng in Manufacturing, IMSE 548, Human Factors, IMSE 593, Vehicle Package Engineering, and AE 545, Vehicle Ergonomics I.


The Human Factors Engineering and Ergonomics Laboratory (HFE&E Lab) has recently obtained an extensive array of office and industry workplace furniture to simulate such work environments. The furniture has many adjustment features to allow for a range of conditions. In addition a set of ten 36" work surface height activity table modules with 22 adjustable height stools and footrests provides the means to easily create a wide variety of layouts such as cellular and in-line and to support small group activities.


Equipment: The major equipment available in the laboratory is listed below according to the categories of specialized topics:

  • Human Factors Related Software and Hardware
    Macintosh computer/monitor with speakers, CD drive, microphone, headphones
  • Engineering Data Compendium
    Human Perception and Performance
  • Computer Aided Systems, Human Engineering
    Performance Visualization System
  • Anthropometry - Automotive Engineering
    SAE 3-Dimensional H-Point Machine ("Oscar"). This is the standard three-dimensional, anthropometric, physical model used throughout the automotive industry for occupant packaging design. Because of its cost, this is an unusual piece of equipment for engineering education laboratory. Oscar is used specifically for IMSE 593 (Vehicle Packaging Engineering) and AE 545 (Vehicle Ergonomics I). It also can be used for anthropometric applications in other courses.
  • Anthropometry - General
    Precision anthropometer (1), medium quality anthropometers (2 large, 1 small), elbow angle measurement, goniometer set, weight and stature measurement device, anthropometric mannequins.
  • Biomechanics
    Hand dynamometers (8), back strength dynamometer (2), force measurement gauges (2), models and charts of human spinal column and hands.
  • Vision and illumination
    Portable photometers (2) for luminance and illuminance measurement, vision testers (2), flicker fusion test unit (1), light discrimination device (1), contrast sensitivity measurement device (1), color blindness test (1), model of human eye and charts.
  • Hearing and sound
    Precision sound level meters, sound generator for demonstration of frequencies and loudness (1), audiometers (2), model of human ear and charts, hearing protectors and ear plugs.
  • Methods and task analysis
    Pegboard demonstrators for "Work Smart not Hard," parts of various assembly tasks, large inventory of Tinkertoy components to simulate assembly lines and cellular work station arrangements, digital stopwatches (12), electronic clocks/timers (3), video equipment for task recording and slow-motion analysis (available on request from audio-visual department), plastic and wooden boxes for parts layout and storage.
  • Reaction time measurement
    Choice reaction time measurement unit
  • Sensory psychophysical capabilities measurements
    Cutaneous sensitivity kit (1), weight dissemination test (1), depth perception test (1), Bassin anticipation timer and velocity estimation device (1).
  • Manual dexterity tests
    Purdue pegboard set, steadiness tester, tapping tester.
  • Task performance measurements
    Photoelectric pursuit tracker (1), mirror tracing with timers and counters (1), Kodak carousel slide projector with techistoscope control (1).
  • Physiological measurements
    Blood pressure meter (1), stethoscope (1), galvanic skin response meter (1).

Adequacy: Movement of the HFE&E Lab into the new building has resulted in significantly less space which presents problems for larger classes. There is no provision for maintenance of the laboratory equipment or for development of new exercises. Staffing of the lab is an ongoing problem. All of these issues are exacerbated by the large number of courses served by the lab.

Metrology Laboratory

Purpose: To introduce metrology fundamentals in manufacturing processes-related courses. This lab is utilized for demonstrations as well as for conducting experiments and course projects in IMSE 382, Manufacturing Processes I; IMSE 4815, Manufacturing Processes II; and IMSE 4835, Computer-Integrated Manufacturing.



  • Brown and Sharpe coordinate measurement machine (CMM)
  • Brown and Sharpe precision tools
  • Laser interformetry system
  • A toolmaker's microscope
  • A Surface roughness tester
  • A digital micrometer
  • A digital Vernier
  • Micrometer set
  • Roundness tester
  • 2 dynamometers and accessories
  • Temperature measurement and data acquisition equipment
  •  Sheffield Cordax RS 30 Coordinate Measuring  System
Precision Machining Laboratory

Purpose: Developed primarily for research in the area of precision machining in the Product Quality Research Center funded by the State of Michigan. This lab is also used for demonstration and projects for IMSE 382, Manufacturing Processes I; IMSE 481, Manufacturing Processes II; and IMSE 483, Computer-Integrated Manufacturing.


Equipment: Contains a medium-sized CNC vertical milling center (Sabre 750) and DCC coordinate measuring machine (Cordax RS30). Instrumented spindle test stand, LABVIEW and LABWINDOW data acquisition software packages.

Rapid Prototyping Laboratory

Purpose: This lab is used for teaching and research. This lab is utilized for conducting laboratory exercises, course projects, and demonstrations in IMSE 482, Industrial Controls; IMSE 487, ;IMSE 583, Design for Assembly and Manufacture; IMSE 589, ; and EM 590, Project Seminar.



  • Hardware
  • Stratasys rapid prototyping machine
  • Silicon Graphics-O2 workstation
  • Allen-Bradley programmable logic controller and accessories.
  • Electric motors, controllers, and amplifiers
  • Software
  • ICAD: a Lisp-based intelligent design tool
  • RDD-100: systems engineering software
Robotics Laboratory

Purpose: Used for conducting projects for IMSE 381, Industrial Robots. Students work on group projects involving the use of robots and prepare demonstrations which are presented to the entire class at the end of the semester. This laboratory is also used for demonstrations in IMSE 483, Computer-Integrated Manufacturing; ECE 569, Computer Based Automation; and IMSE 532, Information for Manufacturing.


  • Six benchtop robots
  • Two Rhinos
  • A welding workcell consisting of a SCORBOT ER-V and welding equipment

Each robot is operated using a 486-based personal computer. The simulation software ROBCAD is installed on two SUN workstations in the College Computing labs. Two additional robots to replace the Rhinos are currently on order.