Until 2016, practicals for the Linear Systems Control (LSC) course took place in the basement of the industrial engineering department at INSA Lyon. Such work was made up of “all-in-one” practical exercices that used equipment purchased by the department.
Such practical work is at the heart of the curriculum at INSA Lyon. Although the equipment purchased had met academic and teaching expectations, it had substantial drawbacks :
- A significant cost ranging from 15 000 to 20 000€ each.
- A life cycle limited by licences and paid or mandatory updates (obsolescence issue).
- Little to no room for manœuvre to improve the academic cursus, especially without making major investments.
In response to the drawbacks of the “all-in one” equipments, the professor in charge of the Linear Systems Control course, Mr. Delpoux, created his own practical exercices using open-source software in 2016. Since then, practical course work takes place in a classroom shared by the Industrial Engineering and Electrical departments of INSA Lyon.
Beyond this mutualisation of resources, new practical course material was created in this same classroom. It is in this context that PROMU was born.
Initially, PROMU was the support of only one practical exercice on servo control of a mobile robot. The adjacent video shows the platform in that early stage.
Within the framework of a group work project of Industrial Engineering, a team of 8 students is working on developing PROMU. During 8 months, their mission is to propose requirement specifications and a technical proposal to build on the existing platform. Their work involves :
- Choosing and implementing a SCADA on the platform (supervision software).
- Designing a “kitting” production scenario to put in place.
- Testing a proof of concept through an iterative prototyping phase.
- Making recommendations for the future development of PROMU.
- Finding funding for the platform.
- Presenting PROMU on a public website.