This was my final year project and was carried out in partnership with a continuous manufacturing company. The main goal of this project was to review the current line set-up and to then put together a design proposal of a modified line that would improve performance.
This diagram shows the initial layout of the factory floor set-up. A & B are the two injection mould machines and C is the assembler. The areas circled are points of interest in terms of where transfer between lines occurs. The red circles are where I identified significant issues that are affecting system performance and efficiency.
Above is the original line modelled in Solidworks. This model was essential in being able to fully understand how the system was setup. It also allowed for motion analysis to be carried out on the movement of the caps to test how they flowed through the system.
This video above is the motion analysis of the conveyor coming from machine A. It highlights perfectly where the flaws in the line are occurring.
From the line analysis and testing three design proposals were put together. these were then sent off to the company to be evaluated and to get estimates of installation costs.
The feedback from company was received and further redesign and testing were carried out and then a finalised design settled on. Above is the technical drawing of the final design, and the final render is the at the top of the page.