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Friday, July 16, 2010

News - Workshops Content

Our workshops is divided into two parts namely Mechanical Workshop and Electronics Workshop. This initiative is to encourage more student from various faculty to join in ROBOCON and experience the meaning of becoming a member of ROBOCON team.

ROBOCON Mechanical Workshop

Latching and Milling
A crucial part of mechanical where raw material is used to form usable parts in robotic by scrapping of excess material. Two available methods are used namely latching and milling where latching uses rotational movement while milling uses lateral and vertical movement of the cutter.

SolidWork 3D Software
Before going into the construction of the robots, designs should be made. One of the 3D software that was chosen is SolidWorks because of the user friendly provided. Using our own ROBOCON library for constructing the 3D object, the software too provide simulation for our robots movement.

ROBOCON Electronics Workshop

Circuit Design
Electronics circuits is like the blood stream of a robots, without them, a robot would be functionless. From basic function circuitry to the microcontroller circuitry, the design is very important to make sure there is no bug and less noise in our circuit.

Robotics Programming in C
For a robot to move, it would need to have an instruction or sequence from a human. Therefore, C programming is used to create this instruction and compiled into the robot to execute it's purpose. Robotics programming could be hard but it is the most fun part of robotics.

Introduction to Control System Engineering
Control is an important part in robotics to make sure the movement of robot suits it's purpose. It is to make sure a movement from a robot is not too fast or not too slow. Therefore, proper control method could be implemented in robotics programming to make sure the robot move in a desirable movement.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

What actually Mechatronics Is?

This Venn Diagram or I would like to call it the Mechatronics Circles, shows the components of Mechatronics. It is actually the diagram taken from Wikipedia, only an improved version.

Maybe you have heard of mechanical engineering or electronic engineering, but you will seldom find people say mechatronic engineering. A name, by a senior engineer of Japan Company Yaskawa, Mr. Etsuro Mori was introduced in 1969. The term was so special by then, it was patented in 1971. After 11 years, the trademark was removed for general use. This field of engineering is new if compared to other engineering field in example mechanical engineering and electronic engineering as mentioned above.

As it was started in Japan, this field is slow to gain industrial and academic acceptance in Great Britain and the United States but it is growing fast as this field is offered in various educational institution for instance our proud University Teknologi Malaysia. With all kinds of alternatives names, ranging from electromechanical systems to control and automation engineering, it is now known as ‘mechanical engineering for the twenty-first century’.

‘The synergistic combination of precision mechanical engineering, electronic control and systems thinking in the design of products and process’ (Bradley, Dawson et. Al, Mechatronics, Electronics in products and processes, Chapman and Hall Verlag, London 1991). With this definition, you can presume the field consists of many components. Well, it does! This field related to controlling and regulating systems with control theory (control engineering), as well as controlling robots (servo technology). With the latter subject been compacted, it is put under microprocessors.

Communication technology also connected to mechatronics for instance remote operations of robotics arm from a distance place. Nowadays, leading researches in mechatronics (to name a few) are intelligent control (the ability of a system to respond to uncertainty and determine the best solution to it, which is a scientific and technical field, based of artificial intelligent and automation control) and biomechatronics (integrating human body and robotics mechanism to support movement.

Most technologies out there at the present time are application of mechatronic. For an instance, control architecture with the usage of control algorithm will produce ‘spinning’ devices such as CD player, VCD player, hard disks in computers, auto focus cameras, washing machines et cetera. Biomedical devices such as CT scan machine is an example of sensors and control in mechatronics. Mechatronic also applies to transport and travel which includes computer-controlled light railway transit (PutraLine, Kuala Lumpur), aircraft without pilot and so forth. Robotics can be operated for manufacturing, exploration, medical and so on.

After some brief information on mechatronics, let us discover information relevant to those interested in mechatronics engineering studies. Basic studies of this field include fundamental mathematics and sciences such as engineering mathematics, engineering statistics, algorithm, thermodynamics, physics, chemistry, and so on. Studies also include computer skills for instance computer systems, C Programming Technique, CAD program and so on. Mechanics field including machine component designs, mechanical design, servo mechanism, and such. Electric and electronics fields which include electric technology, electronic devices, circuit systems, programmable logic controller. Networking, for example signal and network theory. Specialized studies include control engineering, robotics systems, artificial intelligent, microprocessor, microcontroller and such. Studies stated above varied from institution to institution globally.

Of course, to achieve a successful engineer, one should have special characteristics. They must have interest in designing and computer with strong usage of language. Besides they should have the curiosity on how things work and how to improve it (creative and critical thinking). In addition, the ability to produce intelligent solution to problems faced by people will make a successful engineer. Job careers are diverse in the world out there. Studies in mechatronic field will earn job in example automation engineer, professional engineer, control engineer, mechanical engineer, electrical engineer and much more.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

News - Registration for Workshop

For those interested, do visit our booth at
FKE: P05 Level 1
FKM: C24 Beside the faculty office
From July 26th until August 12th, 2010.

We would need you to fill out a registration form.

For more enquiry and participation, contact
Chua Tau Shen
014-910 1186

013-711 6630

Low Yee Ling
017-443 1880

Tam Lih Ting
017-309 4785

* Please note that the Workshop is open to ALL students from UTM.

Friday, July 9, 2010

News - Welcome

- Welcome to the visitors of this weblog. To new members of the university, a hearty congratulations for entering upon UTM, a pioneer university in engineering.

- ROBOCON UTM has always been a great team and we always strive for the best in the present and future.

- The Workshop for new members is up on the web now and we are waiting for registration from you. Might you be new students or seniors in the university, from Mechanical Faculty or Civil Faculty, ALL are welcomed to join the Workshop. Check out the special page for it in this link.
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