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Linear motion manufacturer donates equipment to Russ College mechatronics lab

Marissa McDaid | Oct 28, 2019
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Linear motion manufacturer donates equipment to Russ College mechatronics lab

Marissa McDaid | Oct 28, 2019

Engineering technology and management students at the Russ College of Engineering and Technology can look forward to using brand new linear motion devices in the mechatronics lab, thanks to an in-kind donation by an Ohio manufacturer.

THK, a Japanese manufacturer with a U.S. location in Hebron, Ohio, donated more than $18,000 in Linear Motion (LM) Guides. LM Guides are utilized in machines that require high precision, high rigidity and high-speed such as 3D printers or CNC machines.

“You really could use these units in anything with linear motion,” said THK LM Engineering Supervisor Chris Fisher. “There are similar units in the machines in hardware stores that make copies of keys; you’ll see our ball screws in those.”

Students will use the new THK devices in Associate Professor of Engineering Technology and Management (ETM) Yuqiu You’s Applied Mechatronics class.

Fisher and THK Vice President Andrew Lower connected with Ohio University last spring, when they visited to judge the Ohio University Student Expo. There, the two met ETM Associate Professor Jesύs Pagán.

“That’s where we started the conversation about collaboration between THK and Ohio University began,” said Fisher.

Pagan then had a chance to formally visit THK.

 “Then they visited and toured Stocker Center, and we talked about our needs for one of these labs.”

Fisher and several engineers from the THK Japan Tech center were on campus again last week for delivery of the KR Unit, also stopping in to see various Stocker Center labs.

In December, Lower and Fisher plan to return to campus to judge student projects in You’s course.

You said she is looking forward to continuing to work with THK.

“We plan to collaborate on student projects, THK research projects, and student co-op and career development,” said You.