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Unformatted text preview: Appendix B: Projects Listed in this section of the text are some potential projects for individual students or teams of students to develop. The level of development will be a function of the number of people participating, the length of time available (10 week trimester, 15 week semester, etc.). The topics were compiled from many years of conducting these projects at RPI, and were selected due to the ease of purchasing parts. If time permits, it has been found to be very useful for the student(s) to build a mockup of one or more facets of the prototype automation. This mockup can be made from materials such as wood rather than metal, and might be human powered rather than actuator driven. The key to choosing what to mock up lies in the needs to investigate a potential automation solution that has a fairly high risk factor, or is just an unknown. Experience shows that all of the CAD modeled designs in the world may not address these questions. After completion of the mockup, the student(s) and faculty would have a better sense that the proposed method would work. Students are also encouraged to find their own project to develop. Faculty may be of great assistance also. All one has to do is to talk to local companies and offer a “what if” look at some automation, and the possible projects will see- mingly fall out of the sky. Whatever project is selected, it is highly recommended that there be sample products with which to work. Professional automation designers always insist on a few samples, both as loose parts and as a final product, before they will 411 Copyright © 2005 by Marcel Dekker brainstorm an answer for developing a proposal. So student teams should be encouraged to purchase a few parts where it is logical, if they are not provided free by local companies looking for assistance. PROJECT NUMBER AND NAME: 1, ASSEMBLE DOOR HINGES AND PACKAGE . Task — Assemble standard door hinges from the two halves, and insert the pin. Care needs to be taken to keep pin in place while holding in place under vacuum head that seals warm plastic to printed cardboard backing material. . Recommended Production Rate — 12 hinges per minute. . Recommended Items to Purchase — Several door hinges on vacuum- sealed package. Pin must be able to be removed. . Possible Mockup — Model hinge alignment and pin insertion. PROJECT NUMBER AND NAME: 2, HANDLE, COUNT, AND PACKAGE FLEXIBLE DRINKING STRAWS . Task — To accumulate, count, and place into a box 100 plastic drinking straws. Straws need to be handled in a relatively clean environment since they are used directly out of the box by consumers. Straws may be straight, or they may have a section capable of bending. System should work for both....
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- Spring '08
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