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Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering; Department of Applied Computing


As part of the advanced programmable logic controllers (PLC) course at Michigan Tech, this class project is performed on a mechatronics system gifted by Donald Engineering, a Michigan-based supplier of industrial automation systems and components. This paper explores the functionality and ladder programming of the smart parallel gripper system to measure the width of components grasped with the gripper. In addition, details of the system’s components, operation, more advanced uses are discussed. On the automation line, this smart gripper can be used to measure the thickness of work pieces while handling them and classifying these as either acceptable, too large or too small. In addition, the pneumatic power supply and safety measures are discussed, along with the human machine interface (HMI).

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This paper was submitted to the ASEE Conference for Industry and Education Collaboration (CIEC), Tempe, AZ Feb. 4-11 2022. ©2022 American Society for Engineering Education.

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Conference for Industry and Education Collaboration 2022





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