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Utilizing a CMM in a Capstone Design Project to Learn Manufacturing Quality Concepts

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2022 ASEE Illinois-Indiana Section Conference


Anderson, Indiana

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April 9, 2022

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April 9, 2022

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April 9, 2022

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Joseph P. Fuehne P.E. Purdue University at West Lafayette (PPI)

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Joe Fuehne received a B.S. degree in aeronautical/astronautical engineering in 1983 from the University of Illinois and M.S. (1988) and Ph.D. (1990) degrees in mechanical engineering from Texas A&M University. In between undergraduate and graduate school, he worked for two years in the flight test department at McDonnell Aircraft Company in various locations, including the Naval Air Test Center at Patuxent River in Maryland and the Air Force Flight Test Center at Edwards Air Force base in California. During graduate school, Dr. Fuehne focused his efforts on finite element analysis of laminated composite materials. After graduate school, Dr. Fuehne spent seven years in Houston, Texas, working for the Cooper Cameron Corporation doing finite element analysis on oil field equipment. From 1998 to 2002, Dr. Fuehne performed similar work on automobile exhaust systems for ArvinMeritor Inc. in Columbus, Ind. In January of 2002, he accepted a position as an assistant professor of mechanical engineering technology for Purdue University at their satellite campus in Columbus, Ind. Since then, Dr. Fuehne has taught 15 different classes in the MET department and authored papers on real-world applications in thermodynamics, assessment practices targeted at ABET accreditation, K-12 outreach programs , and measurement science and training.

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The institution employs a two-semester, capstone design project to provide senior-level students a team-oriented, project experience common to manufacturing enterprises. The project simulates the interaction between an original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) and a potential supplier. The OEM is represented by a 4-person team from an Indiana campus and the supplier is represented by a 4-person team from a different Indiana campus. Each of the teams communicated regularly with representatives from a manufacturer near the respective campuses. Included on each student team were roles corresponding to a team leader, a design engineer, a purchasing engineer, and a quality engineer. This work focuses on the role of the quality engineer utilizing CMM results to evaluate the quality of the manufactured product. The quality engineers on both teams performed CMM measurements on critical dimensions and characteristics of the manufactured parts. These measurements from the supplier and the OEM are compared as they used different brands of CMM and different processes to perform the measurements. Ultimately, these measurements are utilized to drive the Production Part Approval Process (PPAP) and inform the OEM and the supplier about the capability of the supplier.

Fuehne, J. P. (2022, April), Utilizing a CMM in a Capstone Design Project to Learn Manufacturing Quality Concepts Paper presented at 2022 ASEE Illinois-Indiana Section Conference , Anderson, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--42140

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