2019 Teams

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The capstone sequence (ME451/452) in the department of mechanical engineering is the culmination of the student’s engineering education.  For an entire academic year, teams of students work on all aspects of a single design project starting with defining the need to developing a working prototype.  Along the way, the teams conduct engineering analysis, build a proof-of-concept device, write a business plan, and much more. In addition to the engineering content, there is a heavy emphasis on developing the student’s communication skills with written reports, oral presentations,  and website development. Ideas for projects come from local businesses and individuals, professors, and the student’s themselves.

2019 Teams

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 Team 1

Traditional robots are often moved with electric motors that are rigid, heavy, and can potentially be dangerous. Current robotic studies are shifting more and more toward soft robotics that are safe for human-robot interaction. Unlike traditional robots that are moved with motors, soft robots are moved with artificial muscles that are inherently compliant or soft. This is because artificial muscles are compliant or soft materials that can change their shapes under external stimuli such as temperature and voltage. They have shown strong potential in various applications, such as robot prosthetics, exoskeletons, and medical catheters. EXO Tech pursues new and developing soft robotic technology in the hopes of providing exoskeletal solutions to today’s problems. Among soft robotic technologies, super coiled polymer [SCP] actuators exhibit many desirable muscle properties – they have demonstrated large actuation range, significant mechanical power, and are compliant and lightweight.  Currently Exo Tech is paired with the University of Nevada, Reno’s Smart Robotics Lab directed by Dr. Jun Zhang. We are currently exploring the application of SCP actuators into exoskeletal applications.  Initial applications will be an SCP actuator assistive glove.

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 Team 2

The average american wastes 4 to 10 gallons of water every shower waiting for the temperature to be just right. Over the course of a year, a family of four wastes 5 to 15 thousand gallons of water. The price of this undervalued resource will surge when cities are no longer able to supply the ever increasing demand for water. Our product motivates the user to change their mindset from consumer to conserver.  Our interface will replace the standard shower temperature valve, and allow the recycling of otherwise wasted water. The user will be able to set their ideal shower temperature, and preheat the shower on a schedule or on demand through the use of a mobile application or the onboard interface. We ultimately seek to restore the world to its ecological best, which means taking responsibility for wasteful habits. Changing the mentality of consumers is a primary step in global responsibility, and we believe our product will be a small part of the change for a more sustainable world.

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 Team 3

The average homeowner spends an average of almost one thousand dollars to repair leaking pipes in their home. This does not include the other damages that are associated with water damage. With the Hydronar’s Water Leak Detection System, accidents and potential damage can be fixed upon moment’s notice. After installing the detection system in high water traffic areas such as toilets and sinks, the areas containing leaks and irregular water flow are immediately identified and analyzed. This information is transferred to a central kiosk where the end user receives the data from the device and then can choose to shut off the water, snooze the alert or choose to do nothing. This gives customization to the end user. Hydronar’s Water Leak Detection System is an extremely cost efficient system that can not only prevent major damage to a household, but also save a homeowner thousands of dollars by preventing disasters before it happens.

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 Team 4

The Swopper Series active motion stool offers “bouncing” motion through pneumatic height adjustment, spring and lateral tension. The ability to bounce on the Swopper stool supports a healthy back and spine by allowing for continuous 360 degree and vertical motion. The vertical spring motion of the Swopper stool provides an opportunity to convert kinetic energy into electrical power that could be harnessed for charging cell phones or other devices. Via Seating, a chair manufacturing company in Sparks, Nevada, is the only licensed United States distributor of the Swopper series stool manufactured by Aeris and owns the intellectual property of the use of the Swopper stool to charge devices. Via Seating is in need of a spring-based charging system that converts the “bouncing” motion produced by the user into electrical energy that can be used to charge peripheral devices like a cellphone. The Swopper Charger must be retrofitted to the Swopper and will be the intellectual property of Via Seating.

 

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 Team 5

Team 5.I.V.E. is centered around developing air slide gate valves that can be used for the optimization of furnace outlets. The innovative gate valve system developed by 5.I.V.E and its constituents will improve the air quality of ambient areas near furnace application points and channel the hazardous material to a safe location or holding tank.The primary goal of team 5.I.V.E. is to produce an efficient product to ensure a cleaner and healthier work environment around all applicable furnaces. The secondary goal of team 5.I.V.E is to improve and stabilize efficiencies related to the transport of burnt, excreted materials. This transport is made most efficient by the improper use of air slide gate valves at various points along the air distribution system. The valves used to provide this functionality have long been inefficient in accomplishing both goals simultaneously. The design developed by 5.I.V.E was centered around solving these two goals first and foremost.

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 Team 6

Adaptive Technologies has partnered with the High Fives Foundation in order to redesign current outrigger ski pole technology. Outrigger ski poles are specific equipment used to aid paraplegic and disabled athletes while skiing. The outrigger helps skiers initiate turns while providing additional support, stability, and control to keep them in an upright position at all times.  Adaptive Technologies will introduce a suspension system into the pole to avoid injury to the arm joints of the users, an improved flipski system to keep the ski from seizing in unwanted positions, interchangeable skis so that the pole can be optimized for all conditions, a breakaway system for the arm strap in order to avoid injury upon crashing, and a more ergonomic handle. Adaptive Technologies will obtain outrigger poles through the High Fives Foundation in order to implement and test the designs. The ultimate goal of the redesigned outrigger is to create and provide a piece of equipment that allows for safety and optimization of performance. By addressing the safety hazards and performance limitations that are present in current outrigger technology, Adaptive Technologies will create a more inviting product that can perform for any athlete in any condition.

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 Team 7

Denslowe Design is in the process of developing a versatile and easy-to-use gaming cabinet surface finish abrasion tester. The product will be engineered to evaluate the potential longevity of existing and proposed surface finishes for gaming machines. Versatility is at the forefront of this design, and the product will be developed with mounting options that will make it easy to use with little modification required. The product will also be highly adaptable and will be able to use multiple abrasive materials to test surface finish. These materials will be designed to replicate real-world situations, such as wear caused by a glass bottle on a plated die-cast surface, wear caused by watch buckle on a glass surface, and wear caused by a rubber shoe sole on painted sheet metal or plastic surfaces. The device will also feature a pressure gauge, cycle counter, and will allow for variable sample depth.

 

 

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 Team 8


The Drip Fellowships’ project is to develop a microplate clamp and drip contamination prevention system for a local biotechnology company Clickbio. The microplate clamp and drip prevention system will have to fit all of Clickbio’s SBS custom labware. ClickBio’s labware is used on many automated liquid handling workstations such as local company Hamilton’s STAR. These instruments require consistent precision so all of The Drip Fellowships’ parts must be designed with strict accuracy in mind. Certain chemicals handled by these machines can be sensitive to contamination or unsanitary therefore, a development of a drip prevention system may be critical to maintain these expensive instruments. In order for The Drip Fellowships’ design to properly function, research will be conducted on the proper materials that can withstand constant contact with abrasive chemicals. The collaboration with The Drip Fellowship and Clickbio will produce a microplate clamp and drip prevention system that will work with any standard SBS labware while controlling accidental spillage.

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 Team 9

The Heat Sink Solutions team will be working in collaboration with ERG Aerospace to create an apparatus that will be designed to test different types of heat sinks under different environmental conditions. Current heat sink testing processes are not standardized and as a result heat sink performance is hard to test for and compare. More so, current testing devices are underdeveloped considering modern heat sink technologies and applications. The heat sink testing apparatus will be designed to allow the user to compare heat sink performance while being able to manipulate the environmental conditions for specific applications. The apparatus will include a chamber for the heat sinks to be tested in. This chamber will have different inputs to allow for fundamentally different types of heat sinks to be tested under the desired conditions meant to mimic actual usage environments. As a result, more accurate predictions about the performance of different heat sink technologies under specific conditions can be made.

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 Team 10

Whether for leisure or intense training, bicyclists carry a bottled beverage to keep them cool and hydrated. The bottled beverages are carried in a bottle cage typically located on the bicycles’ frame or handlebars. During the summer months, as outdoor temperatures rise, so does the temperature of the beverage. If the beverage becomes too warm, it can cause health risks to the consumer who is performing a moderate to intense physical activity. While consuming a warm beverage during a ride does not pose a health risk in itself, the consumer may not want to drink as much of the warm beverage as necessary. This could lead to improper hydration, overheating, and extreme fatigue. The H2Cool is a bottle cage with a built-in cooling system that will keep the bicyclist’s bottled beverage at a desirable temperature for consumption. The H2Cool can be easily installed and mounted to the bicycles’ frame or handlebars for easy access during rides.

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 Team 11

Plasma Pumps is an engineering team working in collaboration with Torchmate to develop a filtration system for Torchmate’s CNC plasma cutting tables. CNC plasma cutting is sometimes called a “dirty sport” because of the contaminates that remain in the water of the table after cutting. To prevent excessive waste and draining of the water and cutting additive, Torchmate has entrusted Plasma Pumps to design a filtration system that will filter out the contaminates from cutting fluid according to the guidelines set forth by Lube Corp. Green Cut is the additive made by Lube Corp. It is the suggested additive to Torchmate’s CNC plasma cutting tables because it prevents rust, hot spotting, bacteria growth and foaming. The purpose of this project is to design a filtration system that does not interfere with the CNC table while efficiently and effectively filtering the water and Green Cut mixture to increase the longevity of the fluid. Plasma Pumps’ goals include successfully designing and building a filtration system that meets the needs of Torchmate such that the end product can be sold as an accessory while meeting or exceeding all requirements within the project scope.

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 Team 12

The LockerX team intends to provide an innovative solution to luggage storage problem associated with airline travel.  The LockerX team will create an explosive resistant bay of lockers, in compliance with FAA regulations. This bay of lockers will mitigate the effects of an explosions, up to a certain rating, that will be specified by the airport that wishes to purchase this technology.  This bay of lockers is intended to be placed within an airport terminal, to be used by passengers during long layovers.  Passengers will be able to stow their carry on in a locker, for the duration of their layover, allowing them to roam freely about the terminal.  The bay of lockers will be designed to be used by all airport patrons, ensuring ease of use, and safety above all else.  The LockerX team is excited to be working on an innovative solution to one of airline travels most notorious problems.

 

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 Team 13

Hit Tech is working to design an athletic force sensor pad that will be used for training in gymnastics vaulting called Hit Pad. The pad will be able to track force magnitudes on the pad while mapping locations of the forces. Hit Pad will be compatible with any springboard and have a non-skid surface to help prevent injury from slipping. The data collected by Hit Pad will be wirelessly transmitted to a phone or tablet in an easy-to-read format allowing coaches to examine and provide feedback to the gymnasts. Although Hit Pad can be used by any gymnast of any skill level, it will mainly be used for training elite gymnast who are training for competitions such as world championships or the Olympics.

 

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 Team 14

Shift3r is a high-performance small vehicle part manufacturer. The team specializes in transmissions for go-karts and other small recreational vehicles. There is a small niche of individuals, known as ‘gearheads’ that are always looking to improve their personal vehicles. This transmission will allow those users to reach the top of the line miles per hour and high outputting torque ratios. Continuously variable transmissions and torque converters are similar but can’t support the power of a modified engine that our consumers use. They are also very prone to belt breakage and deterioration which impacts performance. On the other hand, this transmission’s output shaft is identical to the motor’s, therefore users can run whichever ratios to the rear axle they choose, making the overall ratios completely up to them. This makes this an incredibly modular performance part for any application, creating gear ratios unheard of before now. Shift3r will revolutionize the small vehicle industry by creating a modular, user orientated, high-outputting transmission for small engine vehicles.

 

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 Team 15

Traditional crafts such as sewing, weaving, and knitting have a thriving community of craftspeople, and surprisingly, there are still technical problems that need to be solved. For example, one problem is the even winding of bobbins, a seemingly simple task that we feel that we can improve the current method by fusing aspects of existing fiber tools into a new device. Our WonderWinder will link a translational motion component and a rotational motion component into one providing consistent spooling and allowing for maximum fiber storage. Craftspeople, using a variety of fiber types which vary from thread to bulky yarn, will all be able to safely use the WonderWinder to improve efficiency and reduce unwanted headaches and injuries. Cottage industry craftspeople need reliable equipment just as much as the largest corporations that manufacture and produce fiber based products. Our iteration of the bobbin winders will decrease the required time to operate while improving safety for small scale production workshops.

 

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 Team 16

A continuously variable transmission (CVT) in a performance side-by-side or utility task vehicle (UTV) generates a considerable amount of heat during high performance applications which can lead to premature belt failure. The side-by-side CVT utilizes a heavy-duty v-belt running on two variable-diameter pulleys that constantly actuate, adjusting pulley distances and changing the ratio with varying engine and vehicle speeds. The high load and constantly varying pulley ratios are what cause this increased quantity of heat.  There are currently no adequate mechanisms to reduce the heat in the CVT belt within the housing which can lead to catastrophic failure of the v-belt. Our project is focused on the reducing the v-belt temperature to a level within safe operating temperatures.  Our project will provide for monitoring the temperature of the system, and when heat thresholds are realized, introduce an advanced cooling technology to reduce the temperature of the CVT belt. VCool is confident that our project will reduce CVT belt temperatures and have the potential to improve belt life, increase safety, and provide improved horsepower and performance.

 

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 Team 17

Team Istos is designing and creating an innovative Internet of Things solution with collaboration of Breadware, Inc. The team knows that there are many unexplored applications for IoT that simplify and improve operations while gathering data for consumers and businesses. One such application involving IoT that Team Istos is devising is that of a data gathering device for use with a home’s power grid. The device can connect to a power outlet or be integrated into the wiring of a home; once installed, the device will primarily monitor power consumption but it can be used to monitor voltage and current over time if the user is interested in that data. If installed into a power outlet, readings from that power outlet will be collected and the data can be viewed via an application on a person’s computer or phone. If the device is installed onto multiple power outlets or integrated into a home’s wiring, multiple sets of data will be collected and a user can determine how much power is used room per room or electronic per electronic and can use this data to optimize their power consumption as they desire.

 

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 Team 18

Cutting Edge Firearms (CEF) is a team of engineering students that are currently seeking undergraduate degrees in mechanical enginnering at the University of Nevada, Reno. The goal of CEF is to create a high-quality and unique product for the Mossberg 702 Plinkster .22LR semi-automatic. The proposed product will replace the base stock that comes equipped on the 702 to accept specified AR-15 attatchments that include but are not limited to a pistol grip, buffer tube and stock, and a hand guard. CEF intends to use the combined knowledge of its team members to create a product that is competitive in the firearm accessory market and will be thoroughly engineered for its intended purpose. To assist in the design and manufacturing of this project, CEF will provide a design history file that will catalog the full process from early stage concepts to the final and fully completed prototype.

 

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 Team 19

Post-surgery recovery relies heavily on the ever sensitive balance between recuperation and strengthening in order to achieve effective strength and mobility. In the strengthening portion of recovery, physical therapy is hands-down the most utilized medium of rehabilitation and has been perfected scientifically by combining medical knowledge of human anatomy and physiology. In a situation where an individual undergoes knee or leg surgery and in need of a hinged-knee brace, a common problematic aspect is that if the knee brace is not customized to fit perfectly. The brace often needs to be lifted and readjusted due to the effects of impulse and gravity pulling the brace down. This is seen mostly during periods of high physical activity, such as a workout session with a physical therapist. Brace Yourself proposes an innovative apparatus, to be used in conjunction with hinged-knee braces. This will allow for a series of measurements to modify a 3D printable add-on, with the ultimate goal in stabilizing vertical forces and providing redundancies to overcome movement of the brace.

 

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 Team 20

LAIRA CO. is working with the University of Nevada, Reno to create a modular planter system. The purpose of this product is to allow users to adjust the size and shape of their planter box or garden to fit any size necessary, whether it is in a backyard, small condo, window sill, or even in large scale purposes. The current technology is limited to only certain sizes which is not always compatible with the space given. Due to the adjustability of this planter system, customers will no longer need other sized plantar boxes because the modular planter system accounts for all sizes. LAIRA CO. will utilize the resources provided by the University of Nevada, Reno to ensure that all design requirements are met.

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 Team 21

Sierra Autoload is developing an automated system to aid in production and processing of disposable medical lenses. When disposable plastic lenses are produced by plastic injection molding, often times post-processing of the lens is required. Automation is used frequently to complete these post-processes of the lenses. The lenses must remain undamaged during loading and feeding for end use. Typical automated feeding systems like feeder bowls or conveyors where the lenses are capable of rubbing and scratching each other cannot be used. Messenger Molding Inc. is molding the parts with plans of building an automated machine for post-processing at the factory as well as second automated machine offsite. The parts produced must be collected in a magazine or container that can be used in conjunction with post-processing automation with minimal interaction by operators. Sierra Autoload’s design will be efficient in loading parts from the molding press into a portable magazine.

 

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 Team 22

Young Nevada Engineers will be designing wheel chocks with an alarm system to alert the driver when they are not in place or not in place correctly. Traditional wheel chocks are vital for workplace safety, but they are easily misplaced and forgotten. There are strict OSHA and MSHA regulations in place to ensure the safety of a vast array of machinery from forklifts to 300 ton haul trucks. The team’s design would help eliminate the instances of accidents caused by chocks being forgotten or misused. The chocks will be lightweight and sturdy to ensure that they are pieces of safety equipment that are reliable and easy to use. Reliability of the equipment is essential in marketing to work sites due to the high risks and the importance of safety. With this in mind, Young Nevada Engineers will use high quality materials with a superior design to support loads exceeding intended uses.

 

 

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 Team 23

 

 

Our team, Simply Safe, is working with WorldPak LLC to design a child proof mechanism for a vacuum sealed cannabis bag. Vacuum sealed bags can be used to store perishables, which in some cases can contain pharmaceuticals and medications. Childproofing cannabis bags is necessary to prevent children from accessing the potentially harmful contents, which can be damaging if taken in incorrect doses. The team’s main focus is on the design of the childproof closure mechanism for the bag. The team has researched other designs of a similar nature and plans to improve the efficiency and reusability of the childproof mechanism. When developing design concepts, the team concentrated on unique and effective designs that improved upon flaws found in existing mechanisms. The closure mechanism should restrict children’s access to contents without taking away from the simplicity of use for adults. The closure mechanism should be cost effective, easy to manufacture, and reusable.

 

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 Team 24

Traditional fiberglass and plaster casts are used to heal fractured bones but limit the mobility and actions of the user.  Users are limited due to the material used not being able to be water resistant.  This results in the user being uncomfortable for the duration of having the cast on, which can vary greatly depending on severity. Additionally, casts are often expensive for the patients as they required a doctor to set the cast and perform follow-up checkups.  In these checkups it may be necessary to remove the cast to be able to view the bone via X-Ray imaging, as X-Rays cannot image through the current casting material.  This can also set back the healing process. This would then entail that a replacement cast to be set by the doctor as the original is rendered useless by the process of removal. 3D Med in conjunction with the University of Nevada Reno Medical Center will design and produce a working 3D printer prototype capable of providing a modern casting system. As proof of concept a short arm cast will be manufactured by the 3D printer.

 

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 Team 25

The Napkings will design an automatic silverware roller that will wrap different utensils together. In the majority of restaurants, it is the server’s responsibility to prepare the silverware sets usually by hand rolling them. As a result, the task becomes extremely tedious and takes precious time away the server has with the customers. The purpose of the automatic silverware roller is to make the job of restaurant servers easier and more efficient. In order to fulfill this purpose, the roller will produce silverware sets at a consistent pace, while maintaining efficiency. The objective is for the server to only have to load the machine once with the appropriate amount of forks, knives, spoons, and cloth napkins needed for one table. From there, the machine will then be able to take one of each utensil and roll them up in a presentable manner. The process will be repeated until all of the needed silverware sets are provided. The intention is to make the machine automatic, yet also simple with little user interaction and low maintence being high design priorities. The less interaction the server has to put into the process, the more time the server can spend doing more important tasks that will improve services.

 

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 Team 26

It is important to reinforce educational concepts that are learned throughout the mechanical engineering degree program through physical implementations and resources. In an effort to create a teaching and outreach tool for the Mechanical Engineering department, Team KRANE is designing a new, mobile base crane. This crane will facilitate the teaching of many different fundamentals of the Mechanical Engineering department curriculum, such as control theory, circuits, mechanics of solids, and more in the construction of its constituent parts. In addition, the crane will be readily transportable and compact in order to allow for the teaching staff to easily utilize the crane whenever necessary and with minimal preparation. With the guidance of Dr. Fujioka, Team KRANE will design a crane that is lightweight, easily transportable, with adjustable speed and a GUI. This new, mobile base crane will prove to be a great asset to the Mechanical Engineering department and its faculty.

 

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 Team 27

Kava De-Juiced (KDJ) is a United States-based group dedicated to developing a system to dry kava, a plant commonly grown in the tropical regions of Fiji. Kava contains medicinal compounds that can aid with anxiety and sleeping disorders. The kava plant requires a specific temperature and humidity to preserve the medical properties contained inside of the plant. The kava drying system would allow farms to dry the kava plant and roots at a precise temperature and to a particular moisture content. The kava drying system will aid in the advancement of kava as a medical plant and root, provide a foundation to develop drying methods for plants beyond kava, and create a positive impact for local communities and farms. KDJ is dedicated to accomplishing these goals with the aid from the team’s mentor, Mr. Nicholas Maus, and sponsor, Dr. Murray Rosenthal. The system will be designed so it can be assembled with limited resources in developing countries. The team will design a system using the unique opportunities at the University of Nevada, Reno to create a product that accomplishes the team’s goals, while accommodating the limitations of the environment where the drying system will be used.

 

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 Team 28

Hydroponic systems are able to grow plants in any environment without the need for entirely fertile land. Current systems prohibit the user from optimal efficiency, and, often, an average consumer has very little knowledge of plant biochemistry or proper system maintenance. Additionally, current systems can be unaffordable to the average consumer. These factors lead to inefficient or expensive plant growth which goes against the purpose of hydroponics. These inefficiencies lead to loss of material in the form of plants, water, nutrients, and, sometimes, entire systems. There is a space in the market for a system that alleviates these burdens from the consumer by monitoring all important growth properties and self-adjusting for the benefit of the plant. This will reduce waste in all the previously identified fields. The Sierra Nevada Auto-Ponics team will do exactly this, which will potentially change the future of the agriculture industry.

 

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 Team 29

Integrated Cooling Solutions works to improve efficiency and service life of systems that are operating above working temperature. Working in conjunction with Worldpak LLC, this project is to implement a cooling system within a processing machine at their Reno, NV facility. This processing machine creates a heat seal in the manufacture of flexible packaging. A heated platen is connected to an actuator via a series of components. Premature cylinder failure is currently occurring due to overheating and is expensive not only in rebuild costs but also due to machine downtime. Each of the five mechanical engineering seniors brings a different skill-set to the team. By applying knowledge and expertise in the areas of heat transfer, thermodynamics, and system design, Integrated Cooling Solutions will be able to develop, design, manufacture, test and implement a solution. The total timeframe is approximately six months and if the solution proves to be applicable, further implementation into other machines may become a viable alternative. Achieving the optimal solution will require collaboration from university faculty, Worldpak, LLC and each member of Integrated Cooling Solutions.

 

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 Team 30

Big Horn Engineering is designing a pneumatic conveyor for Premier Magnesia based in Gabbs, Nevada. The goal of this system is to move the company’s final magnesium product 500 feet at a rate of 15 tons/hour to a loading bin at the bottom of the facility as well as move overflow material to additional storage bins. The pneumatic conveyor will eliminate product loss from the company’s current method of moving the material in an open truck bed. The company currently faces around 20 percent of final product loss through mechanical transportation techniques. By creating this closed, user-friendly system, the company can decrease product loss and cut down on costs for fuel and labor toward additional product transportation steps. Additionally, this closed system will protect the fine material from the elements such as wind and rain that contribute to product loss. With the pneumatic conveyor in place, the overall plant efficiency will be increased by quickly and easily transporting material from the start to finish.

 

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 Team 31

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories (LLNL) has invested in Golma Corp. with the task of improving a load frame that a previous team had designed last year. The previous load frame, which was a high stiffness support structure that is used for compressive loads applied to objects for testing, meet the standards but LLNL has requested the load frame to be bigger, in order to handle larger loads.  In addition, LLNL has requested improvements for the hand crank, which gives the cross head of the load frame vertical mobility, and potentially add an air motor to aid the users in raising and lowering the cross head. LLNL has also requested that modifications be made to the screw to reduce friction and fix coupling between the two screws by either utilizing acme screws or ball screws with a braking system. The final task that LLNL wanted completed was to fix the air bearing design of the load frame. Golma Corp.’s goal is to complete the tasks given by LLNL for the improvements for the load frame and produce an improved load frame that LLNL will be impressed with.

 

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 Team 32

Manufacturing line adaptation is driven by the evolution of needs. As demands continue to increase, traditional manufacturing lines are being replaced with automated systems to improve throughput, efficiency, costs, etc. Critically Damped has partnered with Sierra Nevada Corporation to design, develop, and produce an automated or semi-automated device for the packing and overall shipping of small kit items. The project purpose is to automate/semi-automate a manufacturing line within consideration of lean manufacturing and one-piece flow principles. The device is intended to automatically and precisely load kit items into a box while taking care as to not damage the product. The device will be designed to be operated by no more than two technicians.

 

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