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Senior Projects 2013-2014

Team RAS

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From left to right: Karl Larsen, Randy Gee, Kevin Danhof, Levi Marchetti, and Taylor Heath

Team RAS: Railway Automation Solutions

Members:

  • Kevin Danhof, EE
  • Randy Gee, EET
  • Taylor Heath, ME
  • Karl Larsen, ME
  • Levi Marchetti, CpE

Faculty Advisor:

  • Jon Coullard

Company:

  • Pre-tec, Eugene, Oregon

Industrial Customer:

  • 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.

Spike-Fast application device

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.

 

 

 

Links to the 2013-14 Senior Project Teams:

Second Place

Simulated Arterial Blockages for Ultrasound Training" Presentation by Natasha Flynn of senior project Team Innovative Medical Training Devices.

Engineers, like all professionals, must possess a well-developed ability to communicate. This poster competition, held at the local District Student Conferences, is designed to emphasize the ability to deliver a visual presentation. Subject matter is to be related to some area in the field of mechanical engineering.

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