Student Team: Bryan Cross, Dylan Emde, Anastasia Ashley, Michael Parkhurst
Advisor: Rob Gerlick
Sponsoring Organization: United Technologies Aerospace Systems
Liaison: Roy Wortman, Mark Lentz
UTAS Spokane is a manufacturing plant that produces carbon brake disks used on aircraft applications with a volume of around 75,000 parts a year. The goal of this project is to improve UTC Aerospace’s brake disc disassembly process. The furnace tech’s poor ergonomic conditions was the main problem addressed, as well as the dangerous practices used when separating brake disc units. Our team provided a proof of concept for an alternative mechanical method for the separation of the brake disc units. The alternative method adhered to Washington State and UTC’s safety and ergonomic specifications, as well as the brake disc care requirements.