Computer Integrated Manufacturing Lab

The CIM lab, located in EPS 115, supports a wide range of instructiuonal, research, and technology transfer activities. Dr. Durward Sobek supervises the lab. Mr. Greg Merchant coordinates day-to-day operations and equipment maintenance.

The remainder of this web page documents the lab's objectives and safety policy.


  1. To provide a high quality laboratory experience for graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in courses that cover manufacturing automation, advanced material processing, or computer assisted and computer controlled manufacturing.
  2. To embellish the laboratory experience or content of any other M&IE courses where exposure to CIM technology is advantageous.
  3. To assist and support the design, manufacture and testing of products and components for design oriented classes or projects in the College of Engineering (COE).
  4. To assist and support COE faculty and student research, and technical services.
  5. Via the Montana Manufacturing Extension Center (MMEC), to provide assistance, training and technology transfer to Montana companies.
  6. To provide educational services to other institutions and organizations in the State of Montana.

Policies: General, Computer Usage, Safety


  • No food or beverages are allowed in the laboratory area.
  • Student use of the laboratory equipment (including computers) is restricted to laboratory or class projects, graduate or other type of research projects under faculty supervision, and homework assignments. Permission is required for use of the laboratory equipment beyond these types of assignments.
  • Open hours for the laboratory are posted near the entryway. Students are encouraged to use the laboratory during scheduled lab times and open hours. Generally, the laboratory will not be available during other times, and permission to be in the lab during off-hours is required.

Computer Usage

  • The computer workstations are to be used only for assigned purposes in the CIM lab related classes and projects for which the student is currently enrolled or employed.
  • Students are not allowed to perform homework for other classes on the CIM lab computers.
  • Students are not authorized to log on for someone else or allow them to use the computer for non-CIM lab related work.
  • Passwords and user IDs are confidential information. Students are expected to act with discretion and professionalism regarding logins and sharing of network resources.
  • Students are not allowed to attempt or change the computer hardware setup, display, operating system, network or security configurations.
  • Unless granted specific permission from the CIM lab Supervisor or Coordinator, students are not allowed to add or delete any programs or files or change the computer settings in any fashion.
  • Any data or programs created by a student must be stored on a removable storage device, such as USB key, floppy or ZIP disks, as well as the share for data storage on the server\\Power2.
  • Students are not allowed to lock a computer workstation and leave the PC unattended. Locked computer workstations will be rebooted with any unsaved data lost.
  • Any removable storage device used with a CIM lab PC must be immediately scanned for viruses. The McAfee Virus Scan utility is located on the Program Start menu.
  • Warning: Use of CIM Lab computers in an unauthorized manner will result in permanent expulsion from the Laboratory.


  • Eye protection is required for operation of all hand tools and powered, automated equipment, including CNC mills and lathe, and similar operations in the Lab. Ask the CIM lab Coordinator or GTA for proper eye protection while using any equipment. Eye protection for those observing or in the immediate area of one of these operations is also required.
  • Long hair or loose clothing must be constrained to prevent getting caught in moving equipment.
  • Watches, rings and other jewelry should be removed while operating all powered, automated equipment.
  • Exercise caution with the FMS, the milling and turning equipment, and powered hand tools.
  • Never attempt to operate any equipment without authorization and proper instruction. If you are uncertain about how a machine operates, ask the CIM lab Coordinator for help.
  • Do not leave equipment running unattended.