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“The material covered in LSSU's engineering program provided me a solid foundation for graduate studies. The systematic approach and communication skills needed to tackle engineering projects were taught and then practiced over and over again. In particular I appreciate the many hours spent by the faculty to develop oral presentation skills in each student. As a graduate student now, these skills have proven to be highly beneficial and, to my surprise, obviously not taught to the same extent at many other universities.”

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Senior Projects 2013-2014

Team LCS members

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From left to right: Faculty Advisor Dr. David Baumann, Jacob Clark, Eric Stephan, Steve Jacobs, Logan Cowley, Industrial Customer Paul Ruhlach, and Josh Houska

Team LCS: Laser Control Solutions

Members:

  • Jacob Clark, CpE
  • Logan Cowley, ME
  • Josh Houska, ME
  • Steve Jacobs, EE
  • Eric Stephen, CpE

Faculty Advisor:

  • Dr. David Baumann

Company:

  • Mactech, Red Wing, Minn.

Industrial Customers:

  • Sam Schammel
  • Paul Ruhlach
  • Joel Wittenbraker

Project Description: Team Laser Control Solutions (LCS) is working alongside Mactech On-Site Machining Solutions to develop and test a real-time self leveling system for one of their specialty milling machines. Mactech is a small US company which specializes in on-site machining solutions for large industrial clients. One of their more specialized machines is the Large Diameter Facing Machine (LDFM), which is used to machine large diameter flanges (6’-18’) for the oil, marine, and power industries.

Large Diameter Facing Machine view of laser

Currently the LDFM is operated by skilled machinists and can achieve a .015” tolerance on the flatness of the flange. The purpose of this project is to develop a real time monitoring system which will use a laser measurement device, custom controller, and servo motor to maintain the mill head within .005” of a pre-determined plane. This will result in much tighter machining tolerances and require almost no operator input. Some of the challenges that LCS will face are the vibrations and heat that the LDFM produces during machining. Due to the small tolerance that is to be held any amount of vibrations or thermal expansion can affect the measurement system. Through testing data and a well-designed control system LCS will be able to conquer these challenges.

Links to the 2013-14 Senior Project Teams:

Robotics...

Dereck Wonnacutt Robotics and Computer Science

"Lake Superior State is the only robotics program of its kind in the country. I can work up any research or senior project idea with a professor or my advisor. I studied for a year in Japan through LSSU's connection with the Japan Center for Michigan Universities, and became fluent in Japanese. A Japanese company called Fanuc makes most of the robots in our lab. I'd like to roll my senior research project into a career with Fanuc that bridges the two countries and cultures."

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