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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."

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Senior Projects 2013-2014

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From left to right: Niels-Erik Ravn, Stephanie Peck, Ronald Biron, and David Vikken.

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Team LOCI: Locomotive Onsite Communication Initiative

Members:

  • Ronald Biron, EE
  • Stephanie Peck, ME
  • Niels-Erik Ravn, ME
  • David Vikken, EE

Faculty Advisor:

  • Dr. Joe Moening

Company:

  • Essar Steel Algoma, Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.

Industrial Customer:

  • Mr. Denis Cesarin
  • Mr. David Clingen

Project Description:Team Locomotive Onsite Communication Initiative (LOCI) is tasked with the design and testing of a proximity warning system. The system will be implemented for the locomotives in the coke-making facility at Essar Steel Algoma Inc. (ESAI), a steel-making facility located in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.

locomotive on-site as Essar SteelThe locomotive operators often cannot see each other due to steam created during the coke-making process. The operators currently communicate via radio but the lack of visibility can still cause collisions between the locomotives. The proximity warning system should serve as a key component in eliminating the possibility of collisions. The testing that Team LOCI will complete will determine if the equipment that ESAI has selected will be suitable for the harsh conditions within the coke-making facility such as extreme temperatures, snow, steam and dust. The project will be well documented so that future teams can build on the project to create the fully automated system.

The major challenges Team LOCI undertakes with this project are strict time management due to long shipping times of equipment, replicating the harshest of environments for testing and creating a fail-safe testing method. All challenges will need to be overcome to complete the project by the end of April.

 

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