EGR 474 - Systems Integration Syllabus


Academic Unit: Padnos School of Engineering


Semester: Summer 2006


Class/Lab Times: 2-5pm - Mon, Wed in KEB 209


Description: An introduction to systems integration with an emphasis on manufacturing.

Topics include programming, robots, databases, serial communication,

networking and system architecture. The course will include the extensive use

of hands on laboratories and projects.


Prerequisites: EGR 450 or permission of instructor


Instructor: Dr. Hugh Jack,

office: 718 Eberhard Center

office hours: TBA

phone: 331-6755




Textbook: Jack, H. Integrated Manufacturing Systems, 2004


Software: Netscape/Mozilla, FTP/Telnet, C/C++ programming software,

Linux, Windows NT, Postgres SQL, etc.


Goals: When done the student should be able to design, and implement an

integrated manufacturing system. This will be done by classroom

and laboratory exploration of flexible automation devices. In the

laboratory work there will be a constant effort to integrate sub-

systems into a larger framework. The course will conclude with a

major project.


Instruction Methods: Lecture, discussion, laboratories, assignments and projects.


Prerequisites by Topic:


1. C, C++ and/or Java programming

2. Computer Intefacing

3. Computer applications and programming



Topics: (Topics 12-13 will be covered if time permits)


1. Multitasking, multiuser operating systems

2. Review of C and C++ programming

3. Databases

4. Communications and Networking

5. Interfacing to serial devices (with RS-232)

6. Robot programming and interfacing

7. CNC Equipment programming and interfacing

8. Material Handling Systems programming and interfacing

9. Interprocess and intercomputer communication (with TCP/IP)

10. Integration Issues

11. Flexible Manufacturing Systems

12. Vision Systems

13. CAD/CAM/CIM Overview


Grading: Tests/Assignments 20%

Labs 30%

Final Project 30%

Final Exam 20%


Tests and assignments will be given at natural points during the term as new

material is covered. Laboratory work will be assigned to reinforce lecture

material and expose the student to practical aspects of automated

manufacturing. A final project, involving construction, will be assigned and

demonstrated later in the term. Marks will be assigned based on a combination

of performance and report. A final examination will be given to conclude the

work, and test the students global comprehension of the material. A final

presentation and report is required.


Grading Scale: A 100 - 90

A- 89-80

B+ 79-77

B 76-73

B- 72-70

C+ 69-67

C 66-63

C- 62-60

D+ 59-57

D 56-53

D- 52-50