Mechatronics - Learning Systems for Technical Education
Mechatronics encourages innovation at a whole new level!
Modern industry relies on highly complex production systems to produce high-quality, economical products for an ever demanding world. Mechatronics teaches systems thinking that is required to effectively operate, program, and problem solve in this complex environment. With the rapid proliferation of automation technology, mechatronics has become one of the fastest growing technical education programs in the world. Many technologies are integrated to make these sophisticated production systems including mechanical, electrical, electronics, and software.
In order to meet this vital industry demand, Amatrol has developed both a large scale mechatronics line and a portable, tabletop mechatronics learning system. Each of these systems is comprised of individual stations that can be purchased separately when mechatronics training is necessary but budgets must be observed or all together to form a total learning experience. This training experience can apply to various careers such as mechatronics engineer / technician, automation engineer / technician, and systems engineer / technician.
Key Features of Amatrol’s Mechatronics Programs
Amatrol’s Mechatronics Programs will quickly bring your mechatronics program online with the teaching tools you need to get the job done: extensive curriculum in print-based and either multimedia or eBook formats, high quality industrial hands-on training equipment, and computerized classroom assessment system.
Industrial Components and Safety
Amatrol’s Mechatronics Learning System uses industry standard components typical of what learners will see in industry. Recreating the industrial environment in the classroom helps make learners job-ready by building skills using the equipment they will find in the workplace.
Safety in an industrial setting is critical. Amatrol’s Mechatronics Systems teach learners standard industrial practices and methods that support a safe workplace. On the full-size mechanical system, emergency stop circuits meet industrial standards as does the real world operator panel. Learners study the importance of lockout / tagout and procedures for correct machine start-up, shut-down, and emergency stop operation.
Wide Array of Advanced Technology
Amatrol’s Mechatronics Systems cover a broad array of applications across a balance of mechanical, electrical, electronics, fluid power and software to enable learners to work effectively in virtually any industrial setting. As an example, the full-size mechatronics system includes eight types of electronic sensors, three types of electrical motors, four types of pneumatic actuators and 20 different mechanical power transmission components.
Individualized and Group Learning Formats
Amatrol’s curriculum is designed to give instructors the flexibility to teach students using either a self-directed or traditional lecture-lab format. The curriculum design allows labs to be implemented with a minimum of preparation.
Multimedia and Printed Curriculum Formats
Amatrol’s curriculum is well known for its breadth and depth of industry-relevant skills. Amatrol’s unique curriculum approach uses a task-based design where theory and hands-on activities are structured around industry-relevant tasks that enable learners to develop job-ready skills. The curriculum easily supports either traditional lecture-lab format or individualized learning so learners can move at their own pace.
The full-size Mechatronics Learning System boasts a robust ten Learning Activity Packets (LAPs). The first two LAPs concentrate on skills core to all stations: an introduction to mechatronics, systems concepts, safety, machine operation, sensors, pneumatic pick & place, and electrical pick & place. Integration skills across multiple stations, as well as skills specific to an individual station are covered in the balance. Overall system skills include discrete I/O handshaking, system start-up / halt, system stop / reset, and FMS programming.
All stations teach operation, sequencing and programming skills. Stations can be easily moved apart to function as individual workstations by releasing two quick connects and one plug-in cable. Stations can also be mixed and matched, enabling instructors to build and change the system as budgets allow or needs change. Many station combinations are available to support your needs.
On the Tabletop Mechatronics Learning System, the curriculum features an astounding breadth and depth of automation topics and skills. Key learning areas include: control system concepts, mechatronics safety, programmable controllers, PLC programming language, PLC program analysis, motor control basics, program development, timer instructions, time-driven sequencing, and much more!
Automated Lab Results
Amatrol’s SkillACE software makes documentation of lab results an easy task for teachers with a computerized data collection system and powerful reporting tools.