Senior Projects 2013-2014
From left to right: Karl Larsen, Randy Gee, Kevin Danhof, Levi Marchetti, and Taylor Heath
Team RAS: Railway Automation Solutions
- Kevin Danhof, EE
- Randy Gee, EET
- Taylor Heath, ME
- Karl Larsen, ME
- Levi Marchetti, CpE
- Jon Coullard
- Pre-tec, Eugene, Oregon
- Jeff Johnston
Project Description: Team Railway Automation Solutions (RAS) is tasked with designing an automated process for dispensing SpikeFast, a polyurethane based product, into spike holes on wooden railroad ties. This project is sponsored by Pre-Tec, a division of the Willamette Valley Company, which is based in Eugene, Oregon and is an industry leader in designing and manufacturing automated solutions.
Over time, the spikes which are used to secure the rails to the railroad ties become loose and can allow the rails to shift which may lead to train derailment. The current solution is to manually insert SpikeFast into the worn spike holes. When cured, SpikeFast mimics the properties of hardwood and allows for a spike to be driven back securely into the original hole.Team RAS will simulate the automation of this process in a laboratory setting using wooden blocks mounted on a continuous conveyor system. A SmartVision camera will locate spike holes on the blocks as they pass, and a robot utilizing custom end of arm tooling will dispense SpikeFast into the holes. The major challenge associated with this project is the need to perform this process while the conveyor is in motion as well as the need to maintain the strict speed requirement of 22 ties per minute.
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