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Omron Laboratory

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In April of 2013, the College of Engineering and Engineering Technology unveiled their new Robotics and Mechatronics Laboratory, paid for and equipped by the Omron Foundation, which operates from a portion of the annual sales from Omron Automation and Safety, a manufacturer of control equipment, manufacturing automation systems, electronic components, automotive electronics, and medical equipment.

This lab allows students to work in an open space providing an atmosphere for different departments to organically come together.

Students using this lab take part in advanced robotics and Mechatronics classes and cutting-edge research. Students gravitate toward this area where they can explore everything from their senior design projects to building 6-legged robots in their spare time.

Equipment Available to Students

  • Four teaching lab stations, two advanced robotic research stations, three large breakout research platforms, telenet projection media system, and of course 100-Mbps wireless internet.
  • Each lab station provides students
    • Rotatable Hanging Flat Screen with Webcam
    • HP Z220 Workstation with Gigabit ethernet
    • Diverse Mechanical/Electrical Toolbox
    • Topward Dual Tracking DC Power Supply (6630D)
    • Tektronics TDS 2012C Oscilloscope (100MHz, 2GS/s)
    • Soldering Station
    • Overhead Magnifying Lamp
  • The robotics stations include the same equipment as the lab stations plus
    • Fanuc Robotic Manipulator (LR Mate 200ic)
    • Over $50k in additional Omron automation and safety equipment
    • Omron NJ301 Mac Driver
    • Over 1000 individual electrical and mechanical components that range from Arduinos, resistors, LEDs, ~100 types of sensors, tons of integrated circuits, and huge emergency stop buttons
    • Web, data backup, and powerful computational calculation server

Each large research breakout table is used for a variety of purposes, from large individual projects, to robotic manipulator research, to teaching and group projects.

The projector media system is built not only to teach from but also host (tele-) video presentations and demonstrations.

  • Epson PowerLite Pro G5450WU (Full 1920 x 1200, 4000 lumens)
  • ~6x9 foot Projector Screen
  • Two 8” Hanging Speakers
  • HD Samsung Digital Presenter
  • Crown Amplifier
  • 2 Webcams

Laboratory directors

Ji Chu Ryu, Ph.D.
Phone: 815-753-9035
email: jryu@niu.edu

Sachit Butail, Ph.D.
Phone: 815-753-9987 
email: sbutail@niu.edu

Contact Us

College of Engineering and Engineering Technology
Engineering Building
590 Garden Rd, DeKalb, IL
815-753-1442
ceet@niu.edu

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