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Educ. Sci. 2018, 8(4), 214; https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci8040214

Development of Final Projects in Engineering Degrees around an Industry 4.0-Oriented Flexible Manufacturing System: Preliminary Outcomes and Some Initial Considerations

Department of Electrical Engineering, Electronics and Automation, University of Extremadura, Avenida de Elvas, s/n, 06006 Badajoz, Spain
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Received: 8 October 2018 / Revised: 3 December 2018 / Accepted: 4 December 2018 / Published: 9 December 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Engineering Education and Technological / Professional Learning)
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New paradigms such as the Industry 4.0, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), or industrial cyber-physical systems (ICPSs) have been impacting the manufacturing environment in recent years. Nevertheless, these challenging concepts are also being faced from the educational field: Engineering students must acquire knowledge and skills under the view of these frameworks. This paper describes the utilization of an Industry 4.0-oriented flexible manufacturing system (FMS) as an educational tool to develop final projects (FPs) of engineering degrees. A number of scopes are covered by an FMS, such as automation, supervision, instrumentation, communications, and robotics. The utilization of an FMS with educational purposes started in the academic year 2011–2012 and still remains active. Here, the most illustrative FPs are expounded, and successful academic outcomes are reported. In addition, a set of initial considerations based on the experience acquired by the FP tutors is provided. View Full-Text
Keywords: engineering education; flexible manufacturing system; Industry 4.0; final project; automation; supervision; robotics; industrial communications engineering education; flexible manufacturing system; Industry 4.0; final project; automation; supervision; robotics; industrial communications
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González, I.; Calderón, A.J. Development of Final Projects in Engineering Degrees around an Industry 4.0-Oriented Flexible Manufacturing System: Preliminary Outcomes and Some Initial Considerations. Educ. Sci. 2018, 8, 214.

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