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UPRM Model Factory

The UPRM Model Factory integrates modern equipment, materials, and people into a manufacturing system.  Its mode of operation is through interdisciplinary working teams from several engineering and business disciplines.  This is a coordinated effort between several Engineering Departments.  The goals of this laboratory facility are to provide the following:

  • Practice based experiences dealing with all aspects of an actual manufacturing system.
  • A space where local manufacturing industry issues can be studied.
  • A place where modern production technology and techniques can be studied as they are applied in an integrated manufacturing system.
  • The opportunity to assist local manufacturers in the development of their production system.
  • Incubator facilities where products and process can be developed or improved.
  • Serve as a meeting place where people from several disciplines can meet and learn to work in teams, and get an appreciation of the technical aspects of the other’s area of knowledge.

Currently, this laboratory houses a for-profit manufacturing activity and provides students from various engineering disciplines with an exemplary manufacturing experience inside the university.  The factory houses a printed circuit assembly line for surface mount components in which production and prototype runs are performed for customers in the electronics sector. Prior to working in the manufacturing line, students receive pay and credit for their involvement, similar to a COOP experience.  These students are then the ideal candidates to participate in course projects and summer and COOP internship in sector companies. The electronics manufacturing sector will nourish from these young but experienced graduates.  Part of the charter of the Model Factory is to share process breakthroughs with partners of the electronics sector. Close to ten companies have contributed to this initiative, with special mention of Hewlett Packard and Solectron Corporation.


Human Factors/Ergonomics and Work Measurement Lab

This laboratory has been designed to provide students with hands on experience in the analysis and evaluation of humans and their working environment.  Tasks are simulated and evaluated based on anthropometrics, biomechanics, cardiovascular, and force requirements. The laboratory is equipped with modern equipment for the analysis of work systems and computers with software for the analysis of manual material handling activities. The following is a list of some of the equipment available in the laboratory.

  • Computers with licenses of ErgoIntelligence for analysis and evaluation of workstation design as well as the analysis of lifting tasks with the NIOSH lifting guide,
  • Chatillon digital force measurement gauges and equipment for the analysis of pushing and pulling tasks,
  • Hand dynamometers and pinch gauges to measure hand force,
  • Anthropometers and calipers for the collection of anthropometric data,
  • Heart rate meters and a treadmill for the evaluation of cardiovascular requirements of physical tasks,
  • Electromyography with data collection software for the analysis of muscular activity,
  • Goniometers and data collection software for the analysis of flexion, extension, and rotation of body members,
  • Heat stress monitors and Wet-bulb globe temperature meter for the analysis of environmental variables,
  • Dosimeters and sound level meters for the evaluation of noise levels,
  • Photometers for studies of illumination,
  • Stop watches and digital recording equipment for Time Study and Work Measurement analysis, among many others.


Manufacturing Automation Lab

This teaching-learning facility is the hands-on laboratory for the Real Time Process Control course.  Students design, build, and control scaled models, mainly emulating real manufacturing operations.  The emphasis is in the use of programmable logic controllers (PLC), industrial sensors and actuators, pneumatics, and computer-based human machine interfaces.

The lab counts with 20 workstations equipped with all the necessary software and hardware.  The facility is available for demonstration and custom trainings.


Statistical Quality Control Lab

The lab is equipped with Statistical software for data analysis, design of experiments, and validation procedures. It can also provide hands-on demonstrations for applied statistics courses and for simulation courses.


Computing and Information Infrastructure

The Department of Industrial Engineering has a modern computing and information technology infrastructure.  Servers running on Windows Server 2008 and Mac OSX platforms support the computing infrastructure.  There are two servers dedicated to the development of WEB-based applications.  The other servers support all software packages and general applications used by the students in the IE courses.

The students count with a newly remodeled computer center.  The center has 36 stations connected to the Department’s local area network and to the Internet.  It serves as a general purpose computing facility and training center. It provides printing and plotting capabilities.  The ININ Computer Center’s schedule is variable depending on the number of graduate students available to supervise facilities. It is usually open from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm from Monday to Thursday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm on Fridays, closed on Saturdays and from 2:00 pm to 10:00 pm on Sundays.

An additional workstation is available as a remote desktop to students and faculty for use with simulations and computing demanding software. A virtual computing center should be available soon to allow access to software 24 hours 7 days a week.