For the 2019 WorldSkills UK Mechatronic Team Selection competition in March, I wanted to design a modular production line that — that produced popcorn (and drinks)

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The completed System

The System needed to be capable of dispensing & weighing popcorn kernals, transferring them into a popcorn popper, and then popping them

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The system (as seen in the GIF) was comprised of 5 tasks, spread over 3 days (14 hours build time)

The competitors build up the system, starting with the simplest system, and then moving on to the more complex features as the days progress.

The system ejects a pot from a magazine, checks if it is the right way up usign an analog IR height sensor, then transfers it to the filling area, on station 2. It then either fills with popcorn, or liquid, depending on the choice selected from the HMI. — The the pot is transfered back to the 1st station, and then onto the 3rd station. At this point the system allows you to pump the popcorn down to the popcorn popper, and then the popcorn popper is turned on using a networked plug socket…


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About two years ago I started my role as the Mechatronics Training Manager for Worldskills UK

The role involves training and planning training sessions, and competitions with a group of competitors (6 max), with the ultimate goal of selecting a team of two to progress to international competition.

As part of my role, it is increasingly important to log the progress, times, and scores of various tasks, to be able to benchmark competitors against each other. …


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Team UK 2019

Nearly 2 years ago I was in AbuDhabi for the 2017 WorldSkills Competition

Here we are again with the 2019 final approaching. I wish all the best to the whole team, and to Jack and Danny — the UK’s Mechatronics Team.

Jack and Danny have been training hard for the last 3 years for their place in team. They successfully gained a well-deserved BRONZE medal in Euroskills Budapest 2018 — You can see a reaction interview with them here.

At our team selection event in March 2019 — They Secured their spot in TeamUK — with a popcorn inspired MPS Station

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Good Luck all!

About

Calum Knott

Hello! My name is Calum Knott, I am a Programmer and Robotic/Electronic Geek. I design software, hardware and am the Mechatronics Training Manager for WSUK

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