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Pakarinen, J., Yliola, J., Georgiev, G., & Sanchez Milara, I. (2018). Automation Of Old Mechanic Machines Using Fab Lab Developed Modular Analog To Digital Control System. Zenodo.

Automation of old mechanic machines using Fab Lab developed modular analog to digital control system

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Author: Pakarinen, Jari1; Ylioja, Jani1; Georgiev, Georgi2;
Organizations: 1Fab Lab Oulu, University of Oulu, Finland
2Center for Ubiquitous Computing, University of Oulu, Finland
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Version: published version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: The International Fab Lab Association, 2018
Publish Date: 2020-03-18


We describe the design and manufacturing process of an automation prototype for a workshop machine. We decided to augment and automate a Through Hole Plate machine in use, instead of buying a new one. To that end, we have built off-the-shelf modules that can be easily attached to the machine. The modules either augment the machine with new functionality, or utilize the actual mechanical actuators of the machine to automate desired tasks.

The machine is in daily use and thus the automation development cannot interrupt its normal use. Hence, the whole automation structure is removable in a “add-on-top” manner. This makes it easier to replicate the automatisation in another machine without any further modification.

We have always utilized Fab Lab processes and built easily fabricable mechanics to facilitate the replication at Fab Lab environment. Reusing old machine instead of buying a new one, and utilizing local resources support degrowth and urban resilience, as well as the circular economy.

The prototype is built as a part of Academany Diploma Thesis, following the thesis pilot program structure and implementation. We believe that local and facilitated development of automated machines is a good way to modernize manufacturing with a low environmental impact.

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Pages: 179 - 192
DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.1344520
Host publication: Proceedings from the Fab14 + Fabricating Resilience Research Papers Stream, Creating 010, Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Conference: Fab14 + Fabricating Resilience Research Papers Stream (Fab14)
Type of Publication: D3 Professional conference proceedings
Field of Science: 213 Electronic, automation and communications engineering, electronics
222 Other engineering and technologies
214 Mechanical engineering
216 Materials engineering
Funding: We want to thank Academany Thesis program, Fab Lab Oulu, University of Oulu, Thesis team, Tomás Díes, Ohad Meyuhas, Laura Thurlin and Päivi Kekkonen for their effort to make this work and paper a reality.
Copyright information: © 2018 by Jari Pakarinen, Jani Ylioja, Georgi Georgiev, Ivan Sanchez Milara. – This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. To view a copy of this license, visit or send a letter to Creative Commons, PO Box 1866, Mountain View, CA 94042, USA.