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Fasteners reach their eutectic temperature of 850°C in the oven and undergo a martensitic phase transformation and are then quenched to about room temperature to maintain their properties.
When longer fasteners (> 120mm) are placed on the moving belt randomly, each fastener is supported at only a few points along its length and the loads that are generated by the weight of the tangled fasteners can cause unwanted bending under high heat. This does not occur with fasteners of shorter lengths.
The current solution consists of manually aligning the longer fasteners and placing them onto a continuous belt. This process is both time consuming and labor intensive, and if improved, it could potentially save the company a lot of money.
The purpose of this project is to design and produce a product that aligns the longer fasteners and places them on the moving line automatically. The current project would focus on the automation of two specific sub-problems:
1. Automatic alignment of fasteners between 120mm and 180mm in length.
2. The placement of aligned parts onto the moving line, without losing alignment.
- Automated sorting, alignment and placement of fasteners with minimal human labor.
- Alignment mechanism that makes maximum use of available belt space (adjusts number of fastener columns) depending on fastener dimensions.
- Rate controller to optimize line throughput.
- Control systems to automate workflow as well as machine shut down (No need for human supervision).
Name: Alexander Ayala
Name: Luis Avalos
Name: Yamile Cornejo Meyer
Name: Angel Ravelo
Name: Nghi Nguyen
Name: Yufan Zhu
Name: Timothy Huang
Initial Project Information
MAE 195, Course Code 19372
Field of Interest
New product development, innovation
This is a 3 part program that introduces a stepwise process in designing and developing new products. Students will use contemporary industry methods and processes in conceiving, planning, designing, and prototyping a minimum viable product for customers.
Maximum Number of Students
28, 7 per team
Students must have senior standing in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering program in order to enroll in this program. Students must take parts I and II (Fall and Winter quarters) in order to receive credit for MAE 189 and MAE 151 courses. Students who fail to complete both quarters will not receive credit for the aforementioned courses. With the sponsor’s or instructor’s approval, students may enroll in part III (Spring quarter). Completing part III will provide students with another 3 units of MAE 189 which can be used as elective credits.
Designing and developing a new product requires active participation on various levels. You’ll research, brainstorm, speak with potential customers, sketch out concepts, create prototypes, disagree with your teammates, fail, reassess, pivot, be enlightened with the process, see the pieces come together, and achieve a goal. Lectures will be delivered in person as well as through distance communication tools such as Webex or Zoom. They will provide you with the tools as you go through the design journey. Discussions are group activities to be held with all teams. They are designed to evaluate your assignments, monitor your progress, and provide feedback. Hence, lectures and discussions attendance is absolutely required, necessary, and critical to your project’s success.