Document Type

Conference Paper

Publication Date


Publication Title

2012 ASEE Annual Conference Proceedings


1-14 (25.247.1)

Conference Name

2012 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, San Antonio, Texas, June 10-13, 2012


This paper describes the development of an Automation Control Lab in the Department of Engineering Technology at the University. The lab facility includes pneumatic actuators/sensors, electrical relays/switches, and Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC). The major goal of the development is to help students gain hands-on industrial experience by conducting simple projects during the lecture hours and more advanced projects during the lab hours. Simulation software is also applied to reduce implementation time when developing complicated pneumatic circuits and PLC programs. In addition, three examples of industrial automation projects using PLC from the Technology Application Center (TAC) are also introduced to students to enhance their knowledge of automation controls. Performance assessment is conducted for this development.


© 2012 American Society for Engineering Education, ASEE Annual Conference Proceedings, San Antonio, Texas, June 10-13, 2012.

Original Publication Citation

Lin, C. Y., & Hackworth, J. R. (2012). Automation laboratory development focusing on industrial hands-on experience, simulation software, and application research projects. Paper presented at the 2012 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, San Antonio, Texas.