Oversized Panel Transfer Project
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This report outlines the design process followed to create a solution for Decor Cabinet Company’s Oversized Panel Transfer project. In Decor’s current manufacturing process, large panels are moved from a panel saw and placed vertically in mobile carts by a single operator. The objective of the project is to design an ergonomic solution for moving the large panels. The final solution is to use an Adjustable Height Mobile Cart that utilizes a scissor lift powered by an electric linear actuator and assisted by four compression springs mounted on the corners of the cart. The adjustable height of the cart top allows the panels to be slid directly onto the cart, removing the requirement for the operator to raise or lower the panels. Using this method, the ergonomics of moving the panel is greatly increased, while preserving the integrity and finish of the panel. The cart will take the place of one of the current panel carts in the workspace by the panel saw. The stacked panels will maintain their horizontal position on the cart top while the cart is moved freely or over the roller tracks throughout the manufacturing process. The Adjustable Height Mobile Cart has a total length of 72”, width of 28.25”, and the height adjusts between 21.75” and 36.5”. The cart has a capacity of 500 lbs and a mass of 173 lbs. The frame is comprised of 6061-T6 aluminum while the scissor arms and scissor cross arms are 1020 steel alloy. The legs are spaced to fit over top of the roller track system while the castor wheels allow it to roll independently. There are fixed wheels in the center that allow the cart to pivot on a central point to accommodate the pivoting roller carts in the vicinity of the panel saw. The total cost of materials for this design is $2222.81. This report describes the problem definition, concept development, and details the final design. Provided with this report are preliminary engineering drawings, CAD models and a bill of materials.