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[April 12, 2014]

Electrical Automation and Robotic Tech Fair to Showcase UVU Senior Projects

(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) OREM, Utah, April 11 -- Utah Valley University issued the following news release: Robots that bring snacks on demand, a computer that plays a game of checkers with an opponent, an interactive traffic light and a robotic assembly line for building model rocket engines -- these are just a few of the senior projects the public can see at the upcoming Third Annual Electrical Automation and Robotic Technology Graduates Fair.


The free fair, which features the best of the senior projects, is April 24 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and April 25 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Utah Valley University in rooms 507 and 508 of the Computer Science Building. "This is your chance to see the best of the best senior projects all in one place," said Robert Benson, a lecturer in the EART department.

EART graduates may be employed in many different occupations found within the electrical trades and may work in fields that include mining, steel milling, chemical processing, oil refining, power production, manufacturing, semiconductor technology and electronics.

UVU offers three programs: an associate degree in science, an associate degree in applied science and a bachelor's of technology management.

Below is a brief description of the interactive projects that will be on display: * Soda Pop: The attendee uses an industrial computer touchscreen referred to as a "Human Machine Interface" to make a selection of pop flavor, chips and cookie. The robot picks the pop from the fridge, puts ice in the cup if that was selected, pours the pop into the glass (paper cup), places everything on a belt and it gets delivered within reach of the of the attendee.

* Hot Dog: The attendee uses an industrial computer touchscreen to make a selection of condiments to be placed on a hot dog bun. The robot opens the bun, heats the hot dog, places it on the bun and then places the chosen condiment on the bun. The food is placed on a belt to deliver within reach of the attendee.

* Smoothies: The attendee selects the flavors to be included in the smoothie using an HMI. Choices are two different berries, milk and yogurt. The mix is grinded and placed into a cup.

* Miniaturized stop light/road system: There is an interactive road system with a PLC* controlled stop light, left turn lanes and "Walk" and "Do Not Walk" buttons and lights. Remote* controlled cars are used on the roads.

* Rocket engine assembly line: An assembly line builds the engines used to shoot the miniature rocket into the air. There will be a video to shoot the end result of firing a rocket.

* Checkers: Play against a programmed checker game. Beat or lose to an industrial touch screen computer and programmable automated processor.

* Car wash: A miniature, fully operating car wash, conveyor belt, wash, rinse and dry. Fully automated, the vehicles has to drive onto the belt and the car wash does the rest.

* Pivot line: A circular agricultural sprinkler line that not only goes in one direction but also reverses itself to return to the starting point. It continues the process until water is cut off.

* Gravel pit: A miniaturized sand and gravel pit constructed of conveyor belts and vibrating screens.

* Hydro generation: Using a water pump to simulate water falling, it turns a water wheel and a generator to produce 120 volts, which power a frequency drive motor. Parameters can be changed online.

* Gun turret: Follows the target using a laser light and automatic firing. It utilizes a servo control on the machine gun and targets movement.

* Canned food: Pressurized canning of meat, vegetables and salsa. Set the time and pressure needed and push start. Burner turns on, brings canner to pressure, maintaining the pressure automatically. Starts the timer, maintaining the pressure until set time expires. When time has elapsed, it turns the burner off and allows the canner to de* pressurize. When the canner pressure has dropped to zero, it turns on an alarm to let you know it is safe to open the canner and remove the canned food.

* Assembly line: A robotic assembly line that turns out radio* controlled cars.

* Printer to printer: Rewrites given letters on a larger scale, controlling three axes -- X, Y and Z.

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