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2 The Signpost Monday, January 27, 1992 New Engineering depL uses $32,000' grant to build robot-like model BY CORY SCVEREEN Asst. news editor of The Signpost WSU has received a grant exceeding 532,000 from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers to build a robot-like model for demonstrations of computer-integrated manufacturing. The model will be fully operational by June 1992, said Kerry N. Tobin, assistant professor of manufacturing engineering. The model is being built to show the potentials of computer guidance in the manufac turing process to universities, high schools, junior highs, and local plant managers. The workbench-size model will be a machine with robot arms connected to a computer terminal. It will use raw materials to construct simple products under computer guidance, Tobin said. The university plans to use the model for classroom and Northern Utah school and plant displays next fall. "Bidding for the construction will begin any day," Tobin said. Enhancing quality and efficiency within the manufacturing process will be the em phasis of the computer-guided demonstrations to plant managers. Tlie workbench-size model iv ill be a machine with robot arms connected to a computer terminal. Kerry N. Tobin, assistant professor of manufacturing engineering. The message being relayed to students and employees will be that they need to upgrade their skills when such machines are introduced into the workplace. "Computer-integrated manufacturing tends to change factory workers' jobs rather than eliminating them," Tobin said. "With proper training and education, plant employees become technicians responsible for upkeep and maintenance of the machines rather than laborers operating them." The SME grant and university funding (See ENGINEER page 5) GRAMA (continued from page 1) Some amendments proposed deal with the fees agencies can charge for obtaining information, the response time for agencies to deny or give access, and the penalties. A complete list of amendments is not available because the proposals are still being hashed out by the interest groups. State agencies and the media are the most concerned. Martin Stephens, R-Farr West, sponsor of the legislation, said provisions to exempt certain records, such as test scores, were made in order to protect higher education. Eyring thinks, however, legislators did not realize the implications of this law until after it was passed. Eyririg said the bill was ramroded through at the last minute. But Stephens said that was not the case. The proposal to change the current law was studied by a two-year task force before the legislation was written. - One higher education record that would be affected by the la w is technology transfer. Some organizations would be reluctant to share technology with universities trade secrets would be released to the public. Research records and academic freedom records are not clearly defined as being closed. The only student records affected would be those dealing with admissions which are not protected under the Buckley Amendment or GRAMA. Eyring said that people who want to donate money to universities cannot be guaranteed anonymity, and may decide not to donate. Eyring said that his organization, the attorney general's office. public access people, and the media have all coordinated to work out the finer details of the amendments.Janice Keller, executive director of the Utah Press Association, disagrees.: Keller said that most of the amendments already were written by the attorney general's office before any media was consulted."If anything is being ramroded, it is these amendments. Legislation that took four years to write should take more than eight weeks to amend," Keller said. She and her organization are opposed to any changes in the law that have not beenwell-researched. Keller suggested thelaw be allowed to go into effect as is. If changes need to be made another task force could be established. "The amendments make the law a lot less media friendly, and definitely restrict public access," Keller said. Keller also said she was upset that the Attorney General's Office re-wrote the legislation without having a legislative sponsor in the beginning. The amendments will be filed : and given a number by the end of this week and public hearings will be held after the legislation is filed. FILM PRESENTS.. Deep in ine lungfes of South Ameoca two men bung ctviltfaiton 10 a native ir ioe No, atiei years ot siiuggte togetfier Ihey irnrJ ihemseives on opposite sfles m a Oiamalc iqni lor the nairves independence One will trust m the power ol piayer One will beieve m the mni ot ihe sord ni Li a MISSION V If j f-l Jan. 22-25, Wed. to Sat. 8:00 pm in the Wildcat Theater Admission Is only ONE DOLLAR. TIHS YEAR A LOT OF COLLEGE OSIOm VIILL EE GRADUATING mTOBEDT. Under the Army's Loan Repayment program, you could get out from under with a three-year enlistment. Each year you serve on active duty reduces your indebtedness by one-third or $1,500, whichever amount is greater. The offer applies to Perkins Loans, Stafford Loans, and certain other federally insured loans, which are not in default. And debt relief is just one of the many benefits youH eam from the Army. Ask your Army Recruiter. 1-800-USA-ARMY ..1 V-- AvOAaw is If you did not pay your parking violations or Campus Police did not receive a receipt as proof of payment by Jan. 31 , 1 992, a hold will be placed on your registration materials and transcript. 4 . . : 1 sL-Tji firS I S ran,: r- - -i liar i i a i, k mm (lilt lilt i I II: HI 1 f III! I I II f I Hi 1111 II li - III I w: The appeals officer is present on Tuesday at 11:30 am and Thursday 12-1 pm in the Campus Police Office. AH citations will increase $4 after Jan. 31, 1992 rMy r7 Ai i Yf'l f AM r?"