IME’s Research

 

Due to complex trends in modern-day production and service systems, a demand for organizations to excel through product, process and business development has increased. Our research responds to this challenge by proposing straightforward, dynamic and future-focused engineering designs and systems that directly address society's needs for adaptable and relevant technology. Some focus areas include integrating computer controlled manufacturing systems and investigating complex interactions within industries, governments and society in general.

 

Research Areas

 

 

Research Group

 

 

Current Researches

·         Adaptive Layered Manufacturing

The research focuses on developing a rapid prototyping (RP) system that covers both hardware and software. Two RP techniques are being developed. The first one is a new rapid prototyping (RP) technique called Selective Vacuum Manufacturing (SVM). The purpose of this development is to make RP system affordable to industry in the region. Its prototype has been constructed and we have received funding from Royal Thai Government (RTG) to improve it capability on making articles from natural rubber and biodegradable polylactide (PLA). We are working on improving its accuracy to extend its application to medical area. Another RP technique is double LOM that is the modification of existing LOM RP technique. It is funded by RTG and industry. Its prototype is being constructing. Other researches in this area are on developing algorithms for direct transforming engineering drawing, sketch, and physical object to physical prototypes.  Please visit A-Cube Research Group for more information.

            Contact Person: Dr. Pisut

 

·         Simulation of Production Logistics for Beverage Industry

The project constructs the simulation system of production logistics for beverage industry in order to evaluate the feasibility of the production plan. The data required for such system includes two main parts, production plan data and manufacturing data. The manufacturing data will be used to identify the product characteristic and information pertaining to all of the facilities in manufacturing shop floor, while the production plan data provides information on which products and how much are to be produced. As convenient features for users, the system allows the planner to define starting date and ending date of the plan. By using the information of the production plan and the production process, the system can simulate the production process for a certain period of time which can cover more than one production plan. The system also provides the minute-by-minute simulated results of the manufacturing process so that user can monitor the production process from the simulated production plan and execute the plan more accurately based on the constraint that the user has created for a certain simulation period.

            Contact Person: Prof. Voratas

 

·         Development of Decision Support System for Multi-depot Vehicle Routing Problem

In many SME industries, the firms may not have sufficient money to invest in transportation resources that they forms a business alliance to pool their resources. The common resources they may share are the fleet of vehicles. This study focuses on the optimization of multiple-depot VRP with simultaneous pickup and delivery (MVRPSPD) for SMEs industries with practical considerations. The problem has the characteristics of vehicle pooling, heterogeneous fleets, multiple depots, simultaneous pickup and delivery, and time windows. This project received funding from the Thailand Research Fund (TRF).

            Contact Person: Prof. Voratas

 

·         Multi-Objectives, Multi-Echelon Location Routing Problem

This research focuses on the development of a multi-objective model to locate the bagasse ethanol plant. The model is aimed to provide answers on where to open ethanol plants that will simultaneously (1) minimize total cost, (2) minimize an environment impact focus on global warming potential (GWPs) and, (3) minimize a societal risk from ethanol production and transportation. This project is funded by the RTG Visiting Researcher Program.

            Contact Person: Prof. Voratas

 

·         5-axis Machining and Reverse Engineering  of Fuel Nozzle for Gas turbine

A set of 6 parts of a complex gas turbine nozzle was reverse engineered. The CAD models were further used to generate the 5-axis toolpath with CATIA and MasterCAM CAD/CAM. The parts were produced on a 5-axis Integrex Mazak lathe. The project also included the inverse kinematics and postprocessing of the cutter location data generated by CATIA CAD/CAM. A training in 5-axis concepts was provided to a group of Engineers of the company. This project was completely funded by EGAT (Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand). Future planed work is the design and manufacture of a micro-hydraulic turbine.

            Contact Person: Ir. Bohez

 

·         Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of Fine Paper

The first phase of the projects consider the LCA from the tree farms to the paper mill gate. After data collection and unit process modeling for the life cycle inventory (LCI) the KCL ECO software is used to compute the environmental impact assessment. The first phase of this project is sponsored by Advanced Agro. The second phase will consider the LCA from the paper mill gate to the grave and develop and integrated LCA, it is sponsored by Advanced Agro and the Royal Thai Government (RTG)

            Contact Person: Ir. Bohez

 

·         Small 5-axis open architecture CNC machine

A small 5 axis CNC machine was designed and the workspace was optimized in cooperation with Spar Mechatronics company. The purpose of the project was to design a 5-axis machine and teachware that can be used for training from the operator up to manufacturing engineer with reasonable cost. The 5-axis machine will be further developed to be used to manufacture prototype masters in the jewelry industry. This project was sponsored by Spar Mechatronics and the Royal Thai Government (RTG)

Contact Person: Ir. Bohez