Thompson Rivers University

Ucc Students Demonstrate Industry-Sponsored Computer Projects

  Posted on: August 18, 2004

KAMLOOPS-UCC’s Computer Automated Systems Technician (CAST) programinvites local media to its annual demonstration of projects.

These industry-sponsored research projects are completed in thestudents’ fourth semester of study and cover a wide area of computercontrolled industrial systems.

The demonstrations will be hosted in Room TT276 in the Trades andTechnology Centre on Wed. Aug. 20 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Thefollowing is an outline of the projects. For more information, pleasecontact Henry Reiser, Engineering and Electronics chair at UCC, at250-828-5137.

Brief Description of Projects

Louver Notching System:
Client: Notch Hill Wood Door and Millwork, Notch Hill, B.C.
An automated system to notch louver frames using an X-Y Gantry System,fixturing and tooling and an alternative approach using a roboticwork-cell.

VB I/O Configuration Program:
Client: Suremak Industries, Kamloops, B.C.
A program used to simplify the programming of a custom I/O interface.This program is written in Visual Basic and involves a novel approachwhere students from the Computer Systems Technician (CTEC) program andCAST classes developed the solution jointly.

Sermac Double Cutting and Milling Machine for Finger Joining Retrofit:
Client: Custom Window and Door Millworks, Salmon Arm, B.C.
Retrofit of a Sermac (Miter-Finger Jointer) using a PLC as the controlplatform. All the control relays and the directional control valves werereplaced, as these have been a source of continuous problems for theclient.

Automated Knitting Needle Drive:
Client: Enigma Technical Services Kettle Valley Fiber, Summerland, B.C.
The development of a computer controlled drive with a flexible patterncapability for the knitting needles used in a sock-knitting machine. Theinterface, C++ program and pneumatic devices were implemented.

Pill Bug Detection System:
Client: UCC, Kamloops, B.C.
Developed for Dr. Karl Larsen as part of experimental apparatus to countand detect the direction of motion of pill bugs. This low cost system iscapable of data logging the time and number pill bug motions withdirection identified.

Profi-Bus implementation, linear drive demonstration:
Client: Guillevin International, Kamloops, B.C.
The implementation of a Profi-bus network and an Exlar Linear actuatoron a Quantum PLC using IEC 1131-3 programming environment. The actuatorcan respond to analog inputs and the Profi-bus I/O network.