It was long, long ago, when I was a third-year uni student, I went to visit a bearing manufacturing plant, with my class, under the guidance of Associate Prof Abashkin. At the last section of machining line of inner and outer races of bearings, where quality checking was happening, pointing to the surface roughness measuring set-up, I awfully asked Prof Abashkin what they were doing with these machines. There it started his great story of “surface roughness (Ra)” of machined products. If I summarise, it will sound like “All these surfaces that you see may look as smooth as mirror, you may see your image in it. But (!), but these surfaces are never that smooth as you imagine!” There is my starting, initially it made me to develop a comprehensive mathematical model and a hypothesis for life duration of bearings that are used for high-speed spindles of machine tools, Ra is a major factor in it. It happened, me to analyse and prove that no machine tools (whatever the accuracy it may possess) can produce 100% perfect surfaces by machining and by no other manufacturing processes. That and earlier specialisation in manufacturing led me to super-alloys machining phenomena for sustainability. These also prompted me to develop a third parameter for vibration measurement (Scattered energy of vibration). Later, while teaching Mechatronics Engineering at Monash University, depending on that simple “surface roughness” and “scattered energy of vibration”, I designed and developed an opto-tactile sensor for object recognition and intelligent robotic grasping. All these and others led me to automated machine control, automated manufacturing, and automated production systems in the new era. Currently, I am at the doorstep of IoT augmented manufacturing/production systems leading to Smart Manufacturing for sustainability, and that is my current passion.
Dr Mazid is a PhD in Mechanical Engineering, his specialised areas are Machine Tools Design, Manufacturing, and Industrial Automation. He has beyond 30 year of consistent teaching and research experience in wider areas of Mechanical, Manufacturing, Mechatronics, and Mining Engineering at tertiary levels at CQUniversity Australia, Monash University, Western Sydney University, and Dhaka University of Engineering and Technology (DUET).
Sustainable machining processes development for economic machining of superalloys (Ti-, Co-, and Ni-based alloys), high-speed machining, machine tools dynamics and intelligent robotic grasping are within his current research interest. Mazid’s main contribution to science is his hypothesis on vibration-based fatigue damage of high-speed spindle bearings using the method of scattered energy of vibrations. In his works mathematical models for estimation of scattered energy of vibrations of rotating systems has been developed. Total scattered energy of vibration is a proposed third parameter for vibration assessment in parallel to it’s amplitude and frequency. He has published more than 70 conference and journal papers and supervised a number of Masters and PhD students within the scope of his research projects.
Opto-tactile robotic sensor development based on the principle of scattered energy of vibration and applying it in intelligent manipulator design is another remarkable achievement.
Consultancy: During his long academic career Dr Mazid has helped (paid-unpaid) many industries (in Australia and overseas) with their problems, consultancy and providing expert opinion in court cases.
He is a strong believer of reverting machine manufacturing and engineering production industries in Australia again.
1985 - 1989: PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Moscow State Technological University STANKIN, Moscow, Russian Federation.
Research area: Machine Tools Design and Dynamics, Metal Machining and Metal Working Processes.
1976 - 1982: MSc in Mechanical Engineering (First Class Honours), Volgograd State Technical University, Volgograd, Russian Federation. (An integrated 6-year full-time course after HSC).
Specialisation: Manufacturing Technology, Metal-cutting Machine Tools, Jigs-Fixtures, Mechatronics and Automation.
Unit Coordinator and Lead Lecturer of the following undergraduate and postgraduate units:
Initiator and team leader of the following research groups at CQU:
Supervision of RHD students: Currently supervising two research based Masters student and interested to supervise more PhD and Masters students.
· Joy Global Australia & Xstrata Coal: Investigation and testing of friction parameters of dry and wet coal samples with the AFC (armoured face conveyor) top deck material (tempered cast steel plate, 450HB) using Jenike shear cell testing method.
· Pit Ponies Pty Ltd.: Mining equipment pin design.
· Gladstone Port Corporation (GPC), in collaboration with GPC engineers I performed the following projects for the benefit of GPC during the period October 2010 – December 2012:
(a) Performance testing and fatigue damage analysis of idler rollers of various manufacturers such as Fenner Dunlop, Nepean, Sandvik, Eu-Roller;
(b) Belt conveyor idler roller condition monitoring and damage analysis;
· DEPCO Drilling: During the period 2008-2013, I helped with design improvement of deep drilling (mining) relevant devices, damage analysis of deep drilling equipment, product drawing certification and production processes for these devices for building relationship of CQU with local industries.
· Tropical Pineapple - automation of pineapple sorting and packaging processes.
· TURNA Bulk Solid Handling, Newcastle University: project - Belt conveyor idler roller damage analysis, fatigue testing;
· NRG Gladstone Power Station: In 2012, I initiated a project on Design & performances improvement of coal grinder, improvement of life durability of grinding hammers.
· Casalare Pasta Factory, Gippsland area: Automated pasta tray handling
· Levy Engineering, Gippsland area: (a) Elimination of butts left on one side of collars produced in a CNC parting off operation, (b) Automation of a slot milling process of spring installation tools (different sizes) to increase productivity.
· Overseas I performed the following consultancy works during my service at Dhaka University of Engineering and Technology (DUET):
(a) Tensile testing of bolts, studs, rods, eye-joints and other products for Bangladesh Rural Electrification Board (BREB) and construction steels for The Jamuna Bridge Project, Bangladesh (1992-1996).
(b) Galvanising-coating testing for the abovementioned BREB products (1992-1996).
I am currently accredited for supervision in the following:
At the level of Principal Supervisor
Control engineering, mechatronics and robotics - Automation engineering
Mechatronic system design for targeted herbicide spraying. This project involves image capturing of weeds in large farms using cameras mounted on flying drone, then GPS location creation by processing imagery data. Spraying drone/s equipped with intelligent spraying system will spray estimated amount of herbicide only on detected weeds accurately and precisely.
Control engineering, mechatronics and robotics - Autonomous vehicle systems
Drone navigation, use GPS location coding to switch on a mechatronics machine
Manufacturing Engineering - Machine Tools
High-speed spindle design for machine tools. Vibration based fatigue damage: Developed a hypothesis that, the fatigue damage of machine tools spindle bearings is initiated by the effect of scattered energy of spindle vibration.
Manufacturing Engineering - Machining
Sustainable machining of difficult-to-machine materials, high-speed metal machining: Optimal machining regime development for Ti-alloys and Cobalt and Nickel base alloys for biomedical and aerospace applications and other machine building purposes.
Manufacturing Engineering - Manufacturing Robotics and Mechatronics (excl. Automotive Mechatronics)
Mechatronics - Unknown object recognition and intelligent robotic grasping: grasping force estimation for robotic grippers by slip detection using tactile sensors / opto-tactile sensor, applicable for mobile robots, robots for intelligent tasks, age-care and domestic robots, robot-miners, and for horticulture applications.