> College of Engineering:
Computer Integrated Manufacturing Lab
The CIM lab, located in EPS 115, supports a wide range of instructiuonal, research, and technology transfer activities.
Dr. Durward Sobek supervises the lab. Mr. Greg Merchant coordinates day-to-day operations and equipment maintenance.
The remainder of this web page documents the lab's objectives and safety policy.
- To provide a high quality laboratory experience for graduate and
undergraduate students enrolled in courses that cover manufacturing
automation, advanced material processing, or computer assisted and
computer controlled manufacturing.
- To embellish the laboratory experience or content of any other
M&IE courses where exposure to CIM technology is advantageous.
- To assist and support the design, manufacture and testing of
products and components for design oriented classes or projects in the
College of Engineering (COE).
- To assist and support COE faculty and student research, and technical services.
- Via the Montana Manufacturing Extension Center (MMEC), to provide
assistance, training and technology transfer to Montana companies.
- To provide educational services to other institutions and organizations in the State of Montana.
Policies: General, Computer Usage, Safety
- No food or beverages are allowed in the laboratory area.
- Student use of the laboratory equipment (including computers) is restricted
to laboratory or class projects, graduate or other type of research projects
under faculty supervision, and homework assignments. Permission is required for
use of the laboratory equipment beyond these types of assignments.
- Open hours for the laboratory are posted near the entryway. Students are
encouraged to use the laboratory during scheduled lab times and open hours.
Generally, the laboratory will not be available during other times, and
permission to be in the lab during off-hours is required.
- The computer workstations are to be used only for
assigned purposes in the CIM lab related classes and projects for which the
student is currently enrolled or employed.
- Students are not allowed to perform homework for other
classes on the CIM lab computers.
- Students are not authorized to log on for someone else
or allow them to use the computer for non-CIM lab related work.
- Passwords and user IDs are confidential information.
Students are expected to act with discretion and professionalism regarding
logins and sharing of network resources.
- Students are not allowed to attempt or change the
computer hardware setup, display, operating system, network or security
- Unless granted specific permission from the CIM lab
Supervisor or Coordinator, students are not allowed to add or delete any
programs or files or change the computer settings in any fashion.
- Any data or programs created by a student must be
stored on a removable storage device, such as USB key, floppy or ZIP disks, as
well as the share for data storage on the server
- Students are not allowed to lock a computer workstation
and leave the PC unattended. Locked computer workstations will be rebooted with
any unsaved data lost.
- Any removable storage device used with a CIM lab PC
must be immediately scanned for viruses. The McAfee Virus Scan utility is
located on the Program Start menu.
- Warning: Use of CIM
Lab computers in an unauthorized manner will result in
permanent expulsion from
- Eye protection is required for operation of all hand tools and
powered, automated equipment, including CNC mills and lathe, and similar
operations in the Lab. Ask the CIM lab Coordinator or GTA for proper eye
protection while using any equipment. Eye protection for those observing or
in the immediate area of one of these operations is also required.
- Long hair or loose clothing must be constrained to prevent getting caught in
- Watches, rings and other jewelry should be removed while operating all
powered, automated equipment.
- Exercise caution with the FMS, the milling and turning equipment, and
powered hand tools.
- Never attempt to operate any equipment without authorization and proper
instruction. If you are uncertain about how a machine operates, ask the CIM
lab Coordinator for help.
- Do not leave equipment running unattended.