Student Team: Skyler Trimpler, Matt Eastman, Kevin Roberts, Sue-Jean Choi, Mark Viger
Advisor: Brent Fales
Sponsoring Organization: United Technologies Aerospace Systems
Liaison: Curt Russell, Josh Fort
Our team worked with UTC Aerospace to create a semi-automated solution for the loading, unloading, and inspection process for the manufacturing of Carbon Disk Brakes on CNC lathes. The current machining process requires a great amount of manual labor that creates an unnecessary strain on the workers. By selecting a robotic arm from the available market, designing a functional layout, and assessing the cost benefit of a semi-automated cell, the team created an animated visualization of the proposed solution. Factors such as maintaining the grain orientation of the discs and safety regulations were implemented into the final design. UTC Aerospace will use the animation and a benefit analysis package to realize this process.