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"I graduated from LSSU in Mechanical Engineering in 1999, and have since had a heavy focus in robotics and systems integration. I spent my first 7 years with FANUC in Rochester Hills as a product manager, and have since worked for Hartness International managing a robotic automation group. We continue to grow at a rapid pace, and will integrate 60+ robots this year and see no slow down in sight. My experience at LSSU has enabled me to take charge in this challenging and growing market."

Matt Job Business Unit Manager Automation Group Hartness International

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Senior Projects 2006-2007

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Team Specialized Testing Systems

Members:

  • Orlan Euale
  • Chance Jacoby
  • Amber Kardes
  • Michael Lane
  • Matthew Rajala
  • Tyler Skowronek

Faculty Advisor:

  • Jon Coullard

Company:

  • Algoma Steel

Industrial Contact:

  • Rani Lottey

Project Description: Trailer Beam Tester

Team Specialized Testing Systems (STS) was selected to work with Algoma Steel, a leader in the North American hot-rolled steel market located in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.

In order to gain market share, Algoma continuously seeks new markets for its products. The North American trucking industry was seen as an untapped emerging market for weight reduction and efficiency improvement. A lighter and stronger beam would reduce the weight of the hauling system and could either increase hauling capacity and/or decrease fuel consumption.

STS has been challenged to design and build a beam-testing machine to collect data on the capabilities of semi-trailer cross members. The machine will measure the effects of various vertical, torsion and cyclical loads that are applied to the cross member. Data will be collected, stored and analyzed with a PC-based system. Algoma will use the data as a set of baseline numbers to determine the desireable properties of any new cross member system that it may produce.

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Student Research...

Linden, Michigan

Jon assessed algae for potential biodiesel production. Two species were examined, Pediastrum sp. which has never been assessed for the amount of oil it could produce and Chlamydomonas sp., which has a known content of oil for biodiesel. The study found that Pediastrum sp. produced about 5% oil per dry mass compared to 24%. for Chlamydomonas sp. Hayes concludes that Pediastrum sp. would not be efficient for biodiesel production.

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