REPRESENTATIVE MACHINE PROJECTS
Dynamic, rigid-body analysis of unusual elliptical striding exercise
machine mechanism using Pro/Engineer Mechanica for CCS Reebok. This
machine is unique because it has user-adjustable stroke length and an elliptical
foot motion path. Douglas Engineering worked closely with the clientís
engineers to provide accurate, understandable analysis while meeting schedule
and budget constraints. The results of the work were summarized in a final
Portable computer hard disc drive shock protection.
Engineering of a compact shock absorber system to protect the hard disc
drive of the Rockwell Trekker 2020 belt mounted microcomputer during a
three-foot fall onto a concrete floor. The system worked properly without any
development thereby minimizing costly and time-consuming testing.
Automobile assembly calibration fixture.
Mechanical engineering and design of an Adaptive Structures Master
fixture to calibrate automobile alignment machines in Ford automobile plants.
This tool uses "smart" hydraulic cylinders to move and position
suspension geometry over the range of track widths from 54 inches to 68 inches,
and wheelbases from 100 to 140 inches. This machine can be transported to
various Ford and Mercury assembly plants to improve plant-to-plant consistency.
Conceptual design and preliminary evaluation of high-speed medical
centrifuge drives. The client selected three configurations for additional
Chrysler quality award.
Mechanical engineering and redesign of wheel alignment machines for
automobile assembly plants. These machines allow the factory to align the front
and rear suspensions of new automobiles and light trucks in one minute with the
wheels turning. The design includes provision for robotic tooling. The three prototype
machines received Chrysler's quality excellence award in 1993; three additional
machines received the Henry Ford Achievement Award for 1994. Additional machines have been delivered to
Ford and Chrysler automobile
plants in the USA, Venezuela, Canada, and Mexico. The doorway in the middle of the machine is 7 feet tall.
Investigation of compressor bearing failures.
Modified refrigeration compressors used for cooling electronics were failing prematurely resulting in high
warranty costs. Investigation supported by analysis indicated that oil
contamination and high operating temperatures were the likely causes of the
premature failures. A test program to determine the optimum oil flow rate and
maximum oil temperature was started. At Douglasís recommendation, the client
initiated a program to monitor oil chemistry and cleanliness to improve product
Gearbox failure analysis.
Investigation and evaluation of worm gearbox bearing failures in
equipment lifts used in a manufacturing plant. Douglas provided a report
summarizing the investigation and identified alternative approaches if the
gearbox manufacturer is unable to correct the problem.
Boeing 747 engine mount fixture.
Engineering and layout of a fixture for quenching Boeing 747 engine
mounts made of aluminum sheet. Douglas Engineering worked closely with the
clientís engineering, manufacturing, and quality representatives during the
concept definition phase.