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“The material covered in LSSU's engineering program provided me a solid foundation for graduate studies. The systematic approach and communication skills needed to tackle engineering projects were taught and then practiced over and over again. In particular I appreciate the many hours spent by the faculty to develop oral presentation skills in each student. As a graduate student now, these skills have proven to be highly beneficial and, to my surprise, obviously not taught to the same extent at many other universities.”

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Senior Projects 2009-2010

2009-10 Team AIR
Members of Team AIR

Team Automation Innovation Renovation is working on the computer/electronic aspects of the new robotics line. There are three electrical engineering and two computer engineering majors on the team.

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Team AIR
(Automation Innovation Renovation)

Members:

  • Devon Clark, EE
  • Greg Kaiser, EE
  • Brian Lucatch, CE
  • Rob Penrose IV, EE
  • Dereck Wonnacott, CE

Faculty Advisor:

  • Prof. Dave McDonald

Company:

  • Lake Superior State University

Industrial Contact:

  • Mr. Jeff King

Project Description

Team AIR worked in partnership with Team PAS to remove and replace the existing Flow Assembly Line (L-Line) in LSSU's Robotics & Automation Lab. The new line will be used for instructional purposes by LSSU engineering and engineering technology students, robotics summer camp participants, and special industry projects.

The team designed the layout of the electrical, communication and PLC panels for the new four Staubli robot system.The design also included an upgrage to a centralized electrical disconnect to improve safety. Some of the major responsibilities included the electrical design and integration of all systems, conduit and wiring, robot and PLC programming, and vision system design and installation. To highlight the new line's capabilities, an automated assembly and disassembly of model zambonis was demonstrated.

Staubli Flow Line
ROBOT LINE REVEALED – Lake Superior State University engineering student Dereck Wonnacott from Team AIR (black polo shirts) of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., introduces a new robotics line to the public and student families during engineering senior project day at LSSU on April 30. Wonnacott and 10 student-colleagues formed two senior project teams that installed the $750,000 line, underwritten by grants and corporate equipment donations. Members of the partner team, PAS, are seen in white polo shirts. The line consists of four Staubli industrial robots, a programmable logic controller (PLC) with DeviceNet, a conveyor system, four vision systems, robotics tool changers, end of arm devices, and several other flow-line sensors and components. (LSSU Photo)

Links to the 2009-2010 Senior Project Teams:

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Sand was collected and analyzed from five beaches in the upper peninsula of Michigan: The Shallows, Brimley State Park, Point Iroquois, Big Pine and Pendillís Creek. Tests were undertaken in order to determine the reliability of sand as trace evidence in criminal investigations. Size and visual comparisons were made using a compound light microscope and chemical composition was determined by using SEM-EDS analysis. Results showed several size trends and SEM-EDS trends but gave no concrete evidence to suggest that the sand used in this experiment can be used as reliable trace evidence. Further research is necessary to confirm or deny this.

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