A small-scale implementation of industry 4.0

Faisal Aqlan, Mohammed Alabsi, Ethan Baxter, Sreekanth Ramakrishnan

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This paper discusses the implementation of Industry 4.0 in an educational setting. Simulation, virtual reality, analytics, robotics and automation, and 3D printing are integrated to develop a small-scale production line for producing and inspecting 3D printed parts. The system consists of a robot and controller, programmable logic controller, 3D printer, machine vision system, conveyor belt, 3-phase motor and motor controller, webcam, PC and monitor, Raspberry Pi computer, pneumatic system, beam sensor, simulation software, and VR equipment. The system components are connected via ethernet cables running to a basic ethernet switch. An ethernet router is also connected to the switch to resolve IP connection attempts by the connected components. A mini CNC machine is used to drill holes on small metal parts that are assembled with 3D printed parts and plastic bricks to make a car toy. A robot is pre-programmed to perform the assembly of the car toy and a Cognex® camera is used to inspect the parts. Deep learning models are used to predict the remaining useful life of the drilling bits.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2020 IISE Annual Conference
EditorsL. Cromarty, R. Shirwaiker, P. Wang
PublisherInstitute of Industrial and Systems Engineers, IISE
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781713827818
StatePublished - 2020
Event2020 Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers Annual Conference and Expo, IISE 2020 - Virtual, Online, United States
Duration: Nov 1 2020Nov 3 2020

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 2020 IISE Annual Conference


Conference2020 Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers Annual Conference and Expo, IISE 2020
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityVirtual, Online

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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