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Process Automation Lab

Students will learn:         

About Centrifugal Pumping

  • Read, Understand & Develop Pump Curves
  • Calculate Net Positive Suction Head (NPSH)
  • See Fluid Cavitation
  • Experiment with Impeller Profiles & Effects on System Performance

 About Plant Automation

  • Program Various Mixing, Filling & Flow Scenarios 
  • Tune multiple P.I.D. loops
  • Develop & Troubleshoot Ladder Logic & Structured Text Code
  • Network Components & Plant for Remote Operation
  • Understand Plant Safety- Lock-out Tag-out      


Fluid Process Automation Lab

Includes a modular 572-page curriculum, preparing students to tackle real-world automation 

FLUIDMechatronix is a state-of-the-art  process automation and pumps teaching system. It's constructed with clear-view flow path components that dramatically increase visual learning and comprehension. Students actually get to see how their inputs cause dynamic changes in a fluid system.

Utilizing a Rockwell Automation PAC, along with a large format touch-screen HMI, students are presented with curriculum-driven skill building activities that include process control and programming of tank levels, flow rates, pressures/suction, temperature and mixing. Many characteristics of fluid flow can be viewed and demonstrated, including: cavitation effects on pumps & motors, Net Positive Suction Head (NPSH) calculations, head loss calculations, valve throttling, etc.

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Rockwell's Automation Studio 5000™ and FactoryTalk ViewME®v8.0 graphically present the "factory floor", offering students direct programming and operating experience with the most current industrial automation hardware and software. 

Utilizing water as the working fluid, along with interchangeable pump impellers and a clear-view pumping circuit, students are provided skills-based training in:

Centrifugal pumps:  Including data mapping & development of characteristic performance curves, along with viewing often discussed, but never seen flow cavitation

Control loops that include:

  • Tank levels
  • Temperature
  • Mixing
  • Pressure
  • Suction
  • Flow

Programmable Automation Controller (PAC) Programming:  Featuring on-board Rockwell Automation Studio 5000™ ladder logic with PIDE Autotune

Human Machine Interface (HMI) Programming:  Large format touch screen with preinstalled Rockwell Automation FactoryTalk ViewME® v8.0

Variable Frequency Drives (VFD):  Operation & control

Ethernet communications:  Set-up & networking over local area networks (LAN) & internet (subnets, IP address Classification, etc.) 


We've enabled mobile devices to remotely operate FLUIDMechatronix™  

Another unique feature includes a strobe lighting unit that highlights boundary layer activity in the centrifugal pump impeller, actually stopping cavitation bubbles and related flow phenomenon "in their tracks", so you can see them! 

Flow Circuit

A clear-view flow circuit allows students to view multiple sensor types, pump and valve cavitation, valving, pump impellers, etc.

A side mounted "Grace Port" also allows for HDMI interface and overhead projection of the HMI display- for large group participation. And, on-board Ethernet offers opportunities in remote learning and data sharing.

 GracePort Interface

Side mounted "Grace Port" enabling universal connectivity & overhead screen projection of the live HMI panel- for large group participation

FLUIDMechatronix™ allows students to study centrifugal pump performance curves, head/discharge curves, flow rate/torque correlations, witness impeller boundary layer conditions, and view cavitation.  The ability to test student-designed impeller performance is a major feature of this system. Have your students design their own custom impellers, predict performance and actually verify results. 

  • System is configured to safety category 3, using dual channel monitoring & safe torque off
  • Arrives turnkey, fully assembled, ready-to-operate with nothing more to buy
  • On wheeled, lockable castors enabling equipment sharing between multiple locations
  • 29” wide- fits through any standard door
  • On-campus & off-campus remote operation for distance learning
  • Free comprehensive curriculum
  • Full two-year warranty & free product support

FLUIDMechatronixis the elegant result of collaboration between automation industry professionals and our educational advisory group.  

The system offers students state of the art devices and software that work in harmony to provide a world-class education in process automation and pumping. 

Backed with a comprehensive curriculum, these skills are readily transferable to current and future industrial needs. 

Contact us for detailed specifications and a free curriculum sample.



   Curriculum Sample

Click image to download PDF curriculum sample.  The full curriculum is provided free of charge with the purchase of the FLUIDMechatronixTM system.

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FluidMechatronix™ Specifications

Purchase Specifications

  • Clear-view Centrifugal Pump and Flow Circuit
  • Calibrated transducers to measure pump inlet and exit pressure, system flow rate, process temperature, fluid tank levels and tank temperature
  • Industrial Human Machine Interface (HMI), Large Format Touch Screen with 15.6 inch diagonal screen, 1920 X 1080 resolution
  • Industrial Programmable Automation Controller(PAC) with software
  • Industrial Variable Frequency Drive (VFD)
  • Industrial Ethernet Communication System
  • Industrial DC Voltage Controls Power System
  • Clear-view Primary Fluid Tank with Ultrasonic Level Sensor
  • Secondary Fluid Process/Transfer Tank with High/Low Float Level Switches and Tank Heater
  • Control Loops to include Pressure, Suction, Flow, Temperature, Primary and Secondary Tank Levels and Mixing
  • On lockable, wheeled castors and fits through a standard 36" door
  • Grace port for connectivity and HMI screen projection for large group participation
  • Free Pumping and Automation Curriculum
  • Free APP for download onto personal devices to enable remote monitoring and system control

U.S. manufacturing competitiveness is largely driven by advanced automation.  Product quality, time-to-market and cost are significantly enhanced...

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Marietta College testimonial

Paul Daniell, Ph.D.  Petroleum Engineering, Marietta College

“The number of experiments and opportunity for learning are endless,” says Daniell, Assistant Professor in Petroleum Engineering. “Right now we have the seniors working on doing process control experiments, and the sophomores working on modeling the system to bring together the theory and the real machine. The ability to predict the behavior of a physical system with a model and then confirm it with experimentation is a very important skill for an engineer.”