Multi-Size Box Folding Machine

Multi-Size Folding Machine

Designed a machine to fold flat, die-cut box blanks and dispense onto a multi-directional kitting line conveyor. Flat box blanks are loaded into the machine using wheeled magazines configurable for four box sizes. The box size is detected based on blank size and the folding mechanism automatically adjusted to match the box size. The design provides the ability to quickly change box sizes without requiring operator reconfiguration or adjustment by maintenance or set-up personnel.

Oven lift system

Oven lift systemOven lift system model

This transport rack lift system with modified transport racks is used in an air-filled 1000 °F bake oven as part of an abrasive manufacturing process. This novel design provides a rugged, abrasive-dust-tolerant mechanism, while eliminating exposure of sensitive components to the high-temperature oxidizing environment. The project included design, fabrication, and installation in multiple bake ovens.

Production line process development

Paint Line Simulation

This project involved close collaboration with client personnel to develop an automated production line for a largely manual, proprietary process with the goal of dramatically increasing throughput and product consistency. It involved preliminary design of operator work stations, conveyor line layout, multiple cure oven designs, a product carrier system, and stacking/de-stacking stations. A process flow simulation was done to optimize workflow and conveyor layout between process stations.

Wire End Hook Bending Machine

Wire Bender Layout

Designed a machine to bend a hook on one end of a pre-stripped length of wire. It was designed for manual feed by an operator with up to 30 piece/minute throughput. The design reduces repetitive motion injuries associated with manual bending of hook ends on wire leads. It uses fully pneumatic operation for actuation and control and supports a variety of mounting configurations.

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