Senior Design 05-06:Team 4
From left to right: Peter Malefyt (ME), Freeland Shaw (EE), Monika Gunnar (ME), Jr. Kanu (ME)
The final step in the assembly of a pedestal at Knoll Inc. involves the attachment of four glides to the bottom of the product. Presently, the glides are manually screwed in before being secured using a pneumatic screw gun or speed driver. This process is tedious, inefficient and has resulted in instances of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome among the employees. Our clients, Knoll Inc. in Muskegon, MI, would like us to automate this process.
We will install our semi-automatic machine under a conveyor system. The presence of the pedestal will be detected using sensors which will initiate the command to the machine to begin the attachment process.
Special Thanks To:
Professor Ned Nielsen our Group Mentor
Tim Holwerda and Kevin Bentz of Knoll Inc.
Professor Gayle Ermer
Mark Johnson of Smiths Aerospace
Matt Milliken, Youngblood Air Systems