Industrial solutions

Mechatronics research to solve complex problems specific to industrial organisations.

Recent projects

Our recent projects include the development of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for automatic under-canopy surveying and above-canopy sampling, in collaboration with a forest research institution. A soft XY machine table, a patented invention, is also being developed for simultaneous multiple-object manipulation, and for sorting of animal offal, with Callaghan Innovation. A series of robots have been developed as industrial instruments for analysis of food texture change during the chewing process and one robot is commercially available.

Past projects have included:

  • Energy sensing and predictive control for a medical humidifier (Fisher & Paykel Healthcare)
  • Remote control of swimming pool (Aquanaut Swimming School)
  • Feasibility study of a PC-based automatic crystal bar alignment system (Rakon Ltd)
  • Evaluation of the effectiveness of combined climatic and mechanical accelerated testing on waterproof enclosures (Navman Ltd)
  • Characterisation of hsg–7000 low–k dielectric (Hitachi Chemicals)
  • Review and improvement of warehouse system for JIT implementation (Navman Ltd)
  • Development of PC multimedia card-based vibration controller and improvement of vibration test techniques for new product validation (Navman Ltd)
  • PID tuning algorithms (Kinetic Ltd)
  • A STEP-standard based mould/tool design and manufacturing knowledge base (PDL Industrial Ltd)
  • Development of an internet-based product information system (PDL Industrial Ltd)
  • Production management (Macpac Wilderness Company)
  • A QFD method-based production definition system (PDL Industrial Ltd)
  • A vision-based defect inspection system (Huhtamaki Ltd)
  • Computer-aided rapid product development (Rakon, Gallagher, Motion Design Ltd)

Courses

Part II

MECHENG 270 Software Design

Part III

MECHENG 312 Sensors and Actuators
MECHENG 313 Real Time Software Design
MECHENG 370 Analog Circuit Design
MECHENG 371 Digital Circuit Design

Part IV

MECHENG 705 Mechatronics Systems
MECHENG 706 Mechatronics Design
MECHENG 709 Industrial Automation

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