Fully equipped with state-of-the-art computer-control machine tools and equipment, this laboratory is designed to provide a environment for research and experiments carried out mainly by final year students in precision and micro machining. Major equipment housed in this laboratory includes a 5 axis CNC Machining Center for precision machining of prismatic parts, CNC EDM and Wire cut EDM machine for complicated and tiny parts machining, CNC laser machining centre and laser engraving center for micro level welding and engraving process, etc. Various CNC software and PC-based CAD/CAM software tools are also available in this laboratory.
This laboratory is equipped with advanced equipment for integrated design, virtual prototyping, reverse engineering and rapid prototyping activities. The basic equipment include one set of Kreon laser scanner, one set of ThermoJet 3D printer from 3D Systems, and one set of FDM-3000 rapid prototyping machine, from Stratasys. Major software include SDRC/Imageware Surfacer and Inus RapidForm software for reverse engineering, Materialise MIMICS software for medical model prototyping, Materialise Magics software and SDRC/Imageware RPM module for rapid prototyping, Sense8 lab license for virtual reality (VR) applications, ACIS and Designbase geometric kernels, Unigraphics, Catia, Autodesk MDT, and other geometric and mathematical libraries. The laboratory provides support to a number of courses and regular final-year projects. It also provides major support to ongoing research activities and industrial support on VR-based intuitive product design and shape modelling, virtual prototyping, reverse engineering and rapid prototyping.
This laboratory is mainly designed to support the teaching of basic mechanics and fundamental machine design courses. It is fully equipped with standard apparatus for students to perform experiments on kinetics, kinematics, mechanisms, vibration, stress and strain analysis etc. This laboratory also supports student centred activities (SCA) which involve the solution of basic mechanical design problems using the practical and theoretical knowledge that they have acquired from this laboratory and from lectures respectively. Furthermore, the laboratory also contains some commercial and self-developed tribological apparatus for the study of lubrication, friction, wear, roller and journal bearings. These equipment support undergraduate, postgraduate and consultancy projects on tribology.
This laboratory is equipped with about 50 top level PCs that are installed with Computer Aided Design/Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAD/CAM) software systems. The facilities are mainly used to support the teaching and experimental works in CAD/CAM/CAE applications and developments. The laboratory is also used to support Departmental activities such as seminars and conference, Manufacturing Projects, etc. Students not only learn to use commercial CAD/CAM systems, but also learn to implement CAD/CAM algorithms in a proprietary CAD system developed by the laboratory. The software equipped in this laboratory includes the latest version of AutoCAD, SolidWork , SolidCAM, and Pro/E.
This laboratory is equipped with originally developed and with standard techniques based on shearography, holography, thermography, speckle vision, interferometry and ultrasound. These methods are full-field, non-contact, fast, and of high resolution. They are for nondestructive material evaluation and product testing, providing extremely high throughput rates for objects small and large and of a great variety in material composition. Optical techniques developed in this laboratory have received wide industrial acceptance or have set a standard of prescribed practice. This laboratory provides support for the department's teaching programmes and research related activities.
This laboratory is designed to provide experimental facilities in the field of plastic molding, metal forming, heat treatment of materials, casting and surface finishing processes. Several of the machines installed in this laboratory, such as the power press, injection molding machine, rolling mill, etc. are equipped with data logging devices to facilitate the use of these equipment for research purposes. Some rapid prototyping facilities such as spin casting, metal spraying and vacuum casting machines are also available in this laboratory. Besides, a fully instrumented servo-hydraulic testing system and sheet metal testing facility are available for conducting a variety of user-defined or standard tests for research purposes. This laboratory is also equipped with two state-of-the-art universal testers for investigating variety of mechanical properties of engineering materials over a wide range of temperature. This laboratory is thus therefore capable of supporting research activities related to material science and tribology as well.
This laboratory is established to support laboratory teaching/final year project works and related researches in product quality and reliability testing. The laboratory is equipped with facilities for product performance testing, material properties testing, etc. in mechanical and electronic/electrical components/assemblies/ products. Databases of standards and compliance criteria, including laws and regulation, enforcement practice, forms and certifications, etc., are also available in the laboratory to support the relevant product testings.
With the advances in technology, a wide range of services such as windows cleaning, pipe inspection, automatic vacuum cleaning, surgery, health care and entertainment, can now be carried out by intelligent machinery or robots. The objectives of this laboratory are to demonstrate and promote the use of service robots in manufacturing, processing and services enterprises (including SMEs); to widen the possible applications for such machinery; to assist companies to develop and apply service robots in new business opportunities; to transfer the necessary technologies to industrialists for creating innovative service robotic products; to provide research infrastructures for developing service robots; and to provide training and teaching support in the development and use of service robots.
This laboratory is established to facilitate experiments in automatic control and the associated instrumentation applications. It is fully equipped with a wide range of signal processors, oscilloscopes, PID controller , feedback control system, single board computer systems, etc. Various PC-based development software in fuzzy control, neural network control, etc are also available to support the experiments and student projects in advanced control engineering technology.
The mission of this laboratory is to provide support to industry, especially to public utilities and building services, for achieving the near-zero breakdown of equipment and maintaining high quality services through the smart management of assets. The expertise in SEAM includes the creation of novel technology and the design of smart sensors for equipment reliability assessment, fault diagnosis and prognosis, as well as engineering asset quality assessment and management. Currently, the laboratory provides facilities for teaching and research, which include the Smart Asset Maintenance System (SAMS), an automatic maintenance planning for asset replacement, an intelligent machine remnant life prediction (prognosis) and automatic maintenance planning systems, remote health monitoring via Web, wireless and mobile communication, a novel and convenience defect detection method for surface/buried pipelines and strands for supporting heavy structures, an expert system for generators and automobiles health monitoring systems. The new research direction will be focused on renewable energy. The new research activities include the designs of self-powered sensors by harvesting ambient and waste energies, and novel collectors for solar and wave energy. The laboratory is financially supported by a consortium of industry partners who are interested in the above technologies.
This laboratory is well equipped with the latest equipment and facilities for the study of work design, ergonomics, and safety and health. These include some major apparatus for time study, motion study, method study, measurements of lighting, noise, anthropometry, biomechanics, indoor air quality, visual performance, thermal stress, work capacity, and various perceptual and psychomotor skills. Other than the laboratory activities with the use of physical equipment, intensive activities undergoing are in the development of computerized work study and computerised techniques for ergonomics testing such as discriminative reaction time testing and visual lobe mapping.
This laboratory is used for specific study of critical human performance characteristics for human machine interface design. It is equipped with high resolution eye movement recorder, purchased and self developed software, and some other facilities for research of human performance in cognitive activities for design of man machine interfaces. Major activities include study of cortical magnification effect for variable resolution display design, and movement compatibility in various control-display configurations.
The Safety and Health Engineering Lab are equipped with many related equipment for measurement of different chemical and biological airborne pollutants in the context of indoor air quality. Researchers and students are also provided with different types of heat and thermal environment apparatus, and handgrip dynamometer and pinchgrip dynamometer for analysis of work stress for accident prevention. The laboratory staff had received a number of research grants from Hospital Authority and Occupational Health and Safety Council on indoor air quality projects for hospitals and printing industry. Recently, they also cooperate with industry on development of accident cost estimation models for catering industry, and cooperate with the Hong Kong Professional Teachers' Union on surveying the occupational health problems of primary and secondary teachers in Hong Kong.
This laboratory is purposely built on a floating concrete slab. It is designed in accordance with the advice from the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) of UK. All the fixtures in the laboratory are isolated and a separate air-conditioning system is installed to provide a vibration free and adequately clean environment with appropriately stable humidity. Various precision measuring instruments such as the laser interferometer, atomic force microscope (AFM), scanning electron microscope (SEM), surface texture tester and roundness testing machines are installed. Although this laboratory is mainly used for the support of teaching in engineering metrology, it can be upgraded easily to become an accredited engineering calibration centre to serve local manufacturing industry. Recently, two nano-grade measuring equipment, namely optical surface profiler and nano-indentor have been installed in this laboratory to support the ever- growing research works in advance coating technology.
This laboratory aims to support teaching and research activities in mechatronics and automation. Facilities include multi-axes articulated robots, vision systems, simulation software for automation systems, an array of RFID readers and middle-ware systems and platforms for distributed and real time control. The lab is also equipped with apparatus for structured exercises as well as custom designed workstations for mechatronic final year projects. Current research activities include surface finishing automation, wall climbing robots, robot control, computer vision and motion sensing and control, RFID automation, etc.
This laboratory is led by Prof. Dong Sun and Prof. Gary Feng, located in Y1431 at the Department of Manufacturing Engineering and Engineering Management. The laboratory aims to: (1) conduct cutting-edge researches in the areas of micro robot network and robot-assisted biomedical engineering; (2) enable the formation of a world-class research team in Hong Kong on the chosen area, being internationally competitive with a critical mass; (3) timely transfer knowledge of research outcomes to industry and benefit society. Currently, several on-going projects carried out in the lab include formation control of networked agents, multi-robot coordination, robotic manipulation of biological cells, and advanced table-top manufacturing. The lab has received the supports from UGC, RGC, ITF, CtyU, and industry.
This laboratory is established to support laboratory teaching/final year project works and related researches in regulatory compliance testing of products regarding health, safety and environmental (HSE) standards. The laboratory provides supporting facilities to training and researches on the theoretical principles and practices of safety and environmental testing of toys, electronics and electrical products as stipulated in essential international standards such as Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE), Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (RoHS), BS EN 71, ASTM F963, etc.. Major equipment of the laboratory include : X-ray fluorescence spectrometer (XRF), Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometer (FTIR), UV/VIS Spectrophotometer, Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer System (AAS), and Gas Chromatograph Mass Spectrometer (GCMS).
The application of diamond and diamond-like carbon (DLC) thin firms has recently attracted a lot of attention in the US, Europe, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Singapore. Diamond coatings is a surface coating which can be applied on plastic, glass, ceramic and metal at close at room temperature with its properties rivalling those of nature diamond, but it cost much less. By the supporting of the ISF project, HKSAR Government, ACARL using the existing R&D facility in the laboratory to adapt and improve on the coating techniques and processes for local industrial applications. Besides we intend to produce ready-to-market results of DLC applications by achieving three objectives: to serve as a pilot facility to adapt diamond coatings to various metals, glasses and plastics to improve their hardness, wear and scratch resistance qualities; to provide diamond coating service to specific products from local industries once the coating technique and process for those specific products are finished; and to develop new applications of diamond coatings, and diffuse and promote this technology to local industries.