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OVERVIEW OBJECTIVES OPERATION TEAM TRACO

Here at TRACO, we are a realistic company that foresees problems, inside and out, and accepts the fact that they will arise while taking our company from infancy to trash compaction world domination.  Trash storage is an ongoing problem for most homeowners, a problem that must be put to an end.  We here at TRACO have created an assembly which will eliminate the need for additional 96-gallon trash cans and instead allow users to continue to store trash within one trash can. At the same time will act as a utilitarian device; splitting logs and a shop press.

Trash compactors are used widely among Americans to help reduce the footprint associated with household trash.  Many family households have problems trying to fit a week’s worth of trash into a single outdoor garbage bin before having it picked up by scheduled services.  More complications with available space arise when yard clippings, leaves, and cardboard boxes are added to the household’s garbage storage.  By compacting the trash directly in the outdoor garbage bin, valuable trash storage space can be fully utilized by the tenants.

With some analysis of the industry, it is clear that TRACO will likely be the top trending trash compactor company.  Surveys have shown team TRACO, that the desires of customers include: inexpensive (under $500), provide 24” of linear compaction, and easy to use.  Statistics also show that approximately 9% of homeowners in the United States own a trash compactor, showing there is a clear market and target customer, which is encouraging to TRACO.  Wanting to establish a beach head in the world of trash compaction, TRACO as a company is in the early stages of infancy, still learning to walk, if you will, but research has shown that there is currently no method for large scale, 96-gallon, and trash compactors.

Long has the world been without a proper method for compacting a 96-gallon trash can, thus TRACO was born.  We have decided to tackle the dirty task of creating a compactor that anyone of any physical stature can effectively function.  Also, to not only function as a trash compactor but is multifunctional with the addition of different press tips.

 

OVERVIEW

Here at TRACO, we are a realistic company that foresees problems, inside and out, and accepts the fact that they will arise while taking our company from infancy to trash compaction world domination.  Trash storage is an ongoing problem for most homeowners, a problem that must be put to an end.  We here at TRACO have created an assembly which will eliminate the need for additional 96-gallon trash cans and instead allow users to continue to store trash within one trash can. At the same time will act as a utilitarian device; splitting logs and a shop press.

Trash compactors are used widely among Americans to help reduce the footprint associated with household trash.  Many family households have problems trying to fit a week’s worth of trash into a single outdoor garbage bin before having it picked up by scheduled services.  More complications with available space arise when yard clippings, leaves, and cardboard boxes are added to the household’s garbage storage.  By compacting the trash directly in the outdoor garbage bin, valuable trash storage space can be fully utilized by the tenants.

With some analysis of the industry, it is clear that TRACO will likely be the top trending trash compactor company.  Surveys have shown team TRACO, that the desires of customers include: inexpensive (under $500), provide 24” of linear compaction, and easy to use.  Statistics also show that approximately 9% of homeowners in the United States own a trash compactor, showing there is a clear market and target customer, which is encouraging to TRACO.  Wanting to establish a beach head in the world of trash compaction, TRACO as a company is in the early stages of infancy, still learning to walk, if you will, but research has shown that there is currently no method for large scale, 96-gallon, and trash compactors.

Long has the world been without a proper method for compacting a 96-gallon trash can, thus TRACO was born.  We have decided to tackle the dirty task of creating a compactor that anyone of any physical stature can effectively function.  Also, to not only function as a trash compactor but is multifunctional with the addition of different press tips.

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OBJECTIVES

The team has set the following design criteria:

  • Compact trash from the top of the trash bin 24-inches
  • Produce a large compaction force without physically touching trash
  • 40-50% compaction
  • 6600 lbf
  • Split Logs

The design team created a compactor that does not require the user to touch the trash in any way and will also compact the trash down from the top twenty-four inches.  Producing such a compactor allows ordinary people to easily compact their larger trash bins to make more room for garbage.  As a result, people will not have to buy another trash bin to haul down the driveway and also will not have to get messy with jumping on the trash themselves.  The team goals are to have an easy working compactor that is affordable, simple to set up, and is virtually maintenance free.

Specifications

  • 1.5″ x 1.5″ .125″ square steel tubing
  • .132″ steel shelf
  • 3/16″ steel compacting plate
  • 220V Hydraulic Pump – 2100 max psi (1800 psi operating)
  • Double-Acting Hydraulic Cylinder – 3500 max psi

 

 

 

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OPERATION

The original pump was much too slow for practical usage.  The time required to move the compaction plate to max compaction was 1.5 minutes, as was the time required to bring the plate back to the top.

Below is a quick video of the old pump in operation.  The video has been cut and sped up to 3x normal speed to show exactly how slow the pump operation would have been had we used the original pump.

As you can see, the pump required far too much user input and time to function properly.  After testing the original pump, the team decided to move onto an electric hydraulic pump to speed up the compaction process.

The second video shows the hydraulic pump in real time! As you can see the pump is much faster and has given the TRACO a much shorter operation time! That’s really great!

Log splitting was an ideal goal for the design team to meet, however, the trash compactor design was not fit to double as a log splitter, as you can see in the following video.

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TEAM TRACO

The Team Behind the Machine:

The TRACO engineering team is a group of engineers that have been working together for about four years on several team projects. This is a well season group of individuals that has come together once more to design and delegate the future of an industry.

The team leader is Dylan Nettenstrom, a fabrication specialist from IGT bringing great design ideas for simpler manufacturing and finalizing design plans. Dylan is the man that gets things done and makes sure the team finishes on time with a quality product. The four other engineers are Jim Ross, James Jensen, Albert Claypool, and Joseph Parnes, each with special skills to help bring this project to life.

Jim Ross is a globally recognized FEA analyzer that has taken the role of materials and running simulations to find the cheapest yet strongest material the design should use to withstand the high compacting forces.

Joseph Parnes is hydraulic system expert that is calculating and specifying the exact pump needed to bring the high compacting forces needed to crush the trash and split wood. The teams next engineer is the researcher that has helped prove structural designs and bring reality back into design.

Albert Claypool is the engineer on the team that tests if our design plans work in the real world and what we need to re-design in order to improve our overall final design.

The final engineer on team TRACO is James Jensen. James is the engineer on the team that kicks off all the meetings, presentations, and planning. The team needs his leadership role to keep backbone of this team strong and committed.

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