Manufacturing engineering students and faculty at Purdue University School of Engineering Technology recently finished development and construction of their Purdue Integrated Process Education System (PIPES) laboratory in West Lafayette, Ind., but they had some assistance getting it done.
The fully operational PIPES system lab was designed and constructed during a yearlong capstone project undertaken by seniors in Purdue's Integrated Manufacturing courses. Beginning in fall 2015, PIPES will teach students practical process measurement and continuous control.
The Purdue students and professors received support and donations from Endress+Hauser, Rockwell Automation, George E. Booth Co. Inc., Kirby Risk Corp. and other suppliers, including American Melt Blown and Filtration, Artek Inc., BMWC Constructors, Lester Sales Co., Complete Controls, Hoffman, Samson Controls Inc., Smith-Cooper International, StoneL, and Wilken Enterprises. Their donations consisted of process measurement instrumentation, control system, control panels, servers, hardware, piping, large industrial water tanks, pumps, valves, cabling and engineering guidance.