Tabletop Mechatronics Smart Factory


Recommended Skill Levels: High School, Technical College, University

Learning Topics: Advanced Manufacturing, Automation, Control Systems, Industrial, Industrial Engineering, Industrial Technology, Industry 4.0, Mechatronics, PLCs, Systems Integration

Product Types: Training Equipment

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Tabletop Mechatronics Smart Factory by Amatrol is designed for teaching students the foundational technologies and concepts of Industry 4.0, including smart sensors and smart devices, networking and communications, and data analytics. This is a tabletop version of the full mechatronics system. This hands-on system and corresponding eLearning curriculum will upskill future and current workforce members to the cutting edge of manufacturing technology.

This five station system connects with Amatrol’s Portable PLC Troubleshooting Learning System – AB Compact Logix (990-PABCL1F), which shows performance analysis of the system via I/O Link. It can also be outfitted with a FANUC LR Mate industrial robot arm.

Learning Outcomes

The Smart Factory Tabletop Mechatronics system simulates an Industry 4.0 manufacturing production process – the very same technologies that are transforming industry today. Learners will gain skills on the hardware technology, communications systems, and data analytics software associated with Industry 4.0. Some key topic areas include:

  • Mechatronic systems operation, programming and maintenance
  • Smart sensors and smart devices
  • PLC programming, operation and troubleshooting
  • Ethernet and industrial networking
  • Manufacturing execution
  • Visual communication and data analysis
  • RFID operation and programming
  • Cloud-based data acquisition

Tabletop Mechatronics Smart Factory Product Details

This system has 5 stations that connect to make a full mechatronics line, in addition to numerous accessory technologies that interact with the system. The system can be broken into individual stations for students to perform skills.

Smart Sensors and Product ID

  • Tabletop Smart Factory RFID/Sensors (87-TMS5): Includes RFID, photoelectric sensor, pressure sensor, I/O link master, and conveyor to cover RFID programming and operation, pressure/vacuum sensors, and more.
  • Tabletop Smart Factory Barcode (87-TBR1): Includes barcode reader and Ethernet-to-serial interface to cover barcode operation, scan accuracy, barcode programming, etc.

Network Communications

  • Tabletop Mechatronics Smart Factory Ethernet (87-TEN): Includes a 24-port unmanaged and 8-port managed Ethernet switch to cover industrial networks, Ethernet IP addresses, network performance, managed switch Ethernet, and switch diagnostics.

Smart Maintenance and Production

  • Tabletop Smart Factory Manufacturing Execution (87-TME): Includes manufacturing execution software that can control multiple sensors to cover order entry, scheduling, schedule status, production statistics, and alarms.
  • Tabletop Smart Factory Visual Communications (87-TVC): Includes visual communications software for use in a mobile app to cover cloud-based data acquisition, SCADA operation, maintenance management operation, and and how to configure cloud-based SCADA and maintenance management.

This five station system connects with Amatrol’s Portable PLC Troubleshooting Learning System – AB Compact Logix (990-PABCL1F), which shows performance analysis of the system via I/O Link. Performance analysis information includes transmitter pressure, photoeye signal strength, material type for parts passing through the system, RFID tag output, and more! This system uses a selection of Rockwell Automation products to provide the most realistic industrial experience. Amatrol is a Rockwell Automation OEM Gold Partner.

This system also includes Smart Factory components for Ethernet (87-TEN), RFID/Sensors (87-TMS5), Barcode (87-TBR), and more!


eLearning: All Amatrol training systems have interactive, multimedia eLearning courses and modules tied to these learning concepts. This curriculum utilizes text with voiceovers, pictures, videos, stunning 3D animations, interactive quizzes and knowledge checks, pre- and post-quizzes and more. Through partnerships with key industry leaders and leading educators, Amatrol developed the right balance of knowledge to train learners to work in their chosen field.

Industry 4.0 Fundamentals: The tabletop smart factory is part of the equipment used in Amatrol’s Industry 4.0 Fundamentals program, which is a multi-course program designed to introduce students to Industry 4.0 technologies and processes.

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