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Manufacturing System: A Class Project In Industry Environment

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1996 Annual Conference


Washington, District of Columbia

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June 23, 1996

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June 23, 1996

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June 26, 1996



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1.310.1 - 1.310.6

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Nikhil K. Kundu

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Jerry L. Wickman

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Manufacturing System A Class Project in Industry Environment

Nikhil K. Kundu, Jerry L. Wickman Purdue University / Ball State University


Many of the technology students in the first two years do not understand how the coursework is applied in the practice of engineering. These courses introduce engineering students to the type of tasks they are expected to handle on the job after graduation. Courses in automated manufacturing including computer numerical control (CNC) machining, materials handling, time and motion study, etc. should be designed to provide students hands on training towards their professional goals.

The objective of this project is to manufacture a product using a complete manufacturing system. It includes manufacturing processes such as machining, materials handling, assembly, and inspection. The project also involves time and motion study, flow process charts, and operation sheets as usually required in an industrial production operation.

The sample project presented here deals with the manufacturing of a shuttle selector manifold in an industry environment. The manifold was manufactured by a group of students in a local manufacturing company. Methods engineering and work measurements functions were performed wherever possible. The manifold is designed to work on hydraulic systems using petroleum based fluid up to 3000 psi.


Mechanical and manufacturing technology students are expected to be proficient in and be familiar with broad based manufacturing subjects. One of the most important and demanding requirements should be their familiarity with the state of the art technology including manufacturing processes such as CNC machining, materials handling, assembly, and inspection and testing. In the course of this project, students get an exposure to not only the design and machining aspects but also get into methods engineering and motion time measurements.

This project assignment include product design, CNC programming for a milling machine, and prototype manufacturing. In the course of this project students were required to prepare standard process sheets, flow process charts, standard method sheets for operation, stopwatch observation sheet, and videotaping of the manufacturing processes for motion time measurements.

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Kundu, N. K., & Wickman, J. L. (1996, June), Manufacturing System: A Class Project In Industry Environment Paper presented at 1996 Annual Conference, Washington, District of Columbia.

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