Automation & IT / Instrumentation

Endress+Hauser, Rockwell Automation Invest In Purdue Lab

By Chemical Processing

May 13, 2015

Manufacturing Engineering Technology (MFET) students and faculty in the Purdue School of Engineering Technology celebrate the joint creation and development of the Purdue Integrated Process Education System (PIPES) laboratory at the West Lafayette, Ind., campus. Support and donations come from industry partners Endress+Hauser; Rockwell Automation; George E. Booth Co., Inc.; Kirby Risk Corporation and other suppliers (American Melt Blown and Filtration, Artek, Inc., BMWC Constructors, Lester Sales Company, Complete Controls, Hoffman, Samson Controls, Inc., Smith-Cooper International, StoneL, and Wilken Enterprises).

Donations to Purdue University included process measurement instrumentation, a control system, control panels, servers, hardware, piping, large industrial water tanks, pumps, valves, cabling and engineering guidance. The fully operational system was designed and constructed during a yearlong capstone project undertaken by senior students of Purdue’s Integrated Manufacturing course sequence. Beginning in the fall of 2015, the system will be used to teach process measurement and continuous control, mostly from a technology and implementation perspective.

School of Engineering Technology (SOET ) programs include Manufacturing Engineering Technology, Mechanical Engineering Technology, and Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology. A long-term goal is for the PIPES lab to be used for summer workshops available to industry – taught by both faculty and industry representatives – where practicing engineers visit the university for two to five days to learn about and experience process control integration.

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