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Industrial and Manufacturing
Systems Engineering
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 4835 (Computer-Aided Process Design and Manufacturing), and for conducting demonstrations, exercises and laboratory projects for IMSE 382 (Manufacturing Processes I) and IMSE 4815 (Manufacturing Processes II.)



Hardware: this laboratory contains a CIM cell 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


  • Open CIM software from IntelliteK

  • MasterCAM software licenses on computers in the Supply Chain Laboratory.

Human Factors Engineering & Ergonomics Laboratory

Purpose: The primary purpose of this laboratory is to conduct laboratory exercises related to (1) Human anthropometry; (2) Human physiological, psychophysical and biomechanical capabilities; (3) Human work capacity with consideration of age and obesity; (4) Occupational safety; (5) Ergonomic design and evaluation of work and product. The laboratory is used for ergonomic research and for supporting team projects in IMSE 4425, Human Factors and Ergonomics; IMSE 501, Human Factors and Ergonomics; IMSE 548, Human Factors; IMSE 546 Safety Engineering; IMSE 593, Vehicle Packaging; and AE 545, Vehicle Ergonomics I.


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


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.



Precision anthropometer (1), medium quality anthropometers (2 large, 1 small), elbow angle measurement, goniometer set, weight and stature measurement device, anthropometric mannequins.



Force plate (1), Hand dynamometers (6), back strength dynamometer (2), force measurement gauges (2), models and charts of human spinal column and hands, one 16-channel wireless electromyography (EMG) data acquisition system, and one 6-camera BTS motion capture and analysis system.


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), a model of the human eye and charts.


Hearing and sound:

Precision sound level meters, a sound generator for a demonstration of frequencies and loudness (1), audiometers (2), a model of the human ear and charts, hearing protectors and earplugs.


 Methods and task analysis:

Parts of various assembly tasks, large inventory of Tinker-toy components to simulate assembly lines and cellular workstation 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/performance measurement:

E-prime experiment builder for reaction time measurement

Simulation of dual-task conditions: Ballas task and ISO LCD low-fidelity driving simulator


Neurological and physiological measurements:

One 64-channel electroencephalogram (EEG) data acquisition system

One portable eye-tracking system

Metrology Laboratory
Purpose: The purpose of this laboratory is 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 4825, Industrial Controls. This lab is also used for conducting research projects for Center for Lightweight Automotive Materials and Processing (CLAMP).




  • Brown and Sharpe coordinate measurement machine (CMM)

  • Sheffield Measurement Cordax RS-30 DCC Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM)

  • Brown and Sharpe precision tools

  • Laser interformetry system

  • A toolmaker's microscope

  • A Surface roughness tester and surface roughness gages

  • Two digital micrometer

  • A digital Vernier

  • Two sets of  gage blocks

  • Micrometer set

  • Roundness tester

  • Sets of hard gages

  • Sine bar, angle measurement tools and angle gages

  • Height gage

  • Telescoping gauges and radius gages

  • Three dial indicators

  • Two force measurement dynamometers and accessories

  • High-Magnification Inspection Station (HDMag®)


  • PC DMIS DCC License Online is on order. This is an upgrade for CMM software.

  • HDMag 4.0 software for image processing and measurement    

Precision Machining Laboratory

Purpose: This laboratory was 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 4815, Manufacturing Processes II, IMSE 4825, Industrial Controls; and IMSE 4835, Computer-Aided Process Design and Manufacturing.  It has been used for Master thesis projects for students in Automotive Systems Engineering and Manufacturing Systems Engineering.


Equipment:  This lab contains a medium-sized CNC vertical milling center (Sabre 750), a Fadal TRM vertical milling machine, a Cylindrical grinding machine, HASS TL1 Lathe machine, Data acquisition systems (HP system and Lab View system)  and two force measurement dynamometers and accessories.


Software: Mastercam for generating CNC code for all machines.

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 382, Manufacturing Processes I; IMSE 4825, Industrial Controls; and Senior Design Projects for ME, ECE and IMSE students.




  • Dimension 3D Printer- Rapid Prototyping Stations

  • Two MakerBot Replicator 2x

  • MakerBot 3-D desktop Digitizer (scanner)

  • Two Allen-Bradley programmable logic controllers and accessories.

  • Electric motors, controllers, and amplifiers

  • White-light interference noncontact profilometer



  • MakerBot Desktop

  • 3-D printer software

  • Two Rockwell Automation Software Toolkits

Robotics Laboratory

Purpose:  This laboratory is used for conducting projects for IMSE/CIS 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 4835, Computer Aided Process Design and Manufacturing.


Equipment:  The lab has two Fanuc LR Mate 200iD robots and one Fanuc M1iA robot on portable carts.  Two of the robots are equipped with 2D vision sensors.  The lab also includes two conveyors and various switches and fixtures for students’ projects. There are four computers that are used with the robots for vision programming and Roboguide simulations.


Supporting Software: Fanuc’s Roboguide simulation software for simulation and programming of robot workcells is installed in both Robotics laboratory and in Supply Chain Laboratory.

Supply Chain Laboratory

Purpose: Used to conduct projects and experiments related to IMSE 4585, Simulation in Systems Design; IMSE 4835, Computer-Aided Process Design and Manufacturing; and IMSE/CIS 381, Industrial Robots.



  • 18 HP ProDesk 600 G1 SFF personal computers

  • Memory: 16.0 GB, Processor: Intel Core i7-4790 CPU @ 3.60GHz.


  • Abaqus (Dassault Systemes Simulia Corp.)
  • Adobe AIR

  • Altair HyperWorks Master Installer

  • Arena (Rockwell)

  • ARIS

  • Dev-C  


  • FANUC Robotics Robot Neighborhood

  • FANUC Robotics Virtual Robot Controller 

  • FANUC Robotics Vision Controls

  • FANUC Vision PC Controls 

  • IBM SPSS Statistics

  • Jack (Siemens)


  • Mastercam X8

  • MATLAB 2015b

  • Microsoft .NET Microsoft .NET 

  • Microsoft Office 2016

  • Microsoft Project Professional 

  • Microsoft SQL Server

  • Microsoft Visual Basic

  • Microsoft Visual C  

  • SAP GUI 7.40

  • Skype

  • Wolfram Mathematica 9