Keywords

Pneumatic Piston, Autocutter, DesignSpine

Abstract

We present a pneumatic autocutter to help workers with disabilities for reduced operator fatigue, increased efficiency, thereby giving enhanced capabilities when working on a production line without worrying about their ability to effectively do their jobs. We are students in a sophomore level six sigma based course through the R.B. Annis School of Engineering at the University of Indianapolis. The specific process of production being discussed involves cutting bulky cardboard frames with a metallic wire-mesh covering. The current process requires a considerable amount of physical labor from the operator; prolonged work results in gradial operator debility and injury. For Gateway 1, we analyzed the given customer requirements and converted them into specific engineering requirements and created specifications based on these requirements. We proceeded to rank the specifications based on the goals of the client and used this to create potential designs in the Gateway 2. During the second phase, we took the requirements and constraints we were given to come up with ten separate designs that fulfilled those requirements. We then decided on the top three designs that best fit the specifications and created CAD drawings, a failure-mode and effects analysis, and a cost analysis for each design. We then chose the best design according to our client’s requirements and presented all three designs and reasoning for choosing to pursue the best design to our client. For Gateway 3, we will begin fabricating the testing system and then perform trials and optimize critical parameters.

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(POSTER) Pneumatically Assisted Autocutter: Providing a Safe Workplace Environment for People with Disabilities

We present a pneumatic autocutter to help workers with disabilities for reduced operator fatigue, increased efficiency, thereby giving enhanced capabilities when working on a production line without worrying about their ability to effectively do their jobs. We are students in a sophomore level six sigma based course through the R.B. Annis School of Engineering at the University of Indianapolis. The specific process of production being discussed involves cutting bulky cardboard frames with a metallic wire-mesh covering. The current process requires a considerable amount of physical labor from the operator; prolonged work results in gradial operator debility and injury. For Gateway 1, we analyzed the given customer requirements and converted them into specific engineering requirements and created specifications based on these requirements. We proceeded to rank the specifications based on the goals of the client and used this to create potential designs in the Gateway 2. During the second phase, we took the requirements and constraints we were given to come up with ten separate designs that fulfilled those requirements. We then decided on the top three designs that best fit the specifications and created CAD drawings, a failure-mode and effects analysis, and a cost analysis for each design. We then chose the best design according to our client’s requirements and presented all three designs and reasoning for choosing to pursue the best design to our client. For Gateway 3, we will begin fabricating the testing system and then perform trials and optimize critical parameters.