Faculty Advisor

Lai, Lifeng

Faculty Advisor

Nestinger, Stephen

Faculty Advisor

Putnam, Craig B.

Abstract

This MQP has two goals that aim to show the feasibility of automating CNC maintenance tasks for General Electric Aviation. The first goal was to design a system capable of changing used end mills within a tool holder used by CNC machines. A process using an industrial arm owned by GE was created capable of obtaining this goal with reasonable constraints. The second goal was to create a method to automatically keep track of the location of all tool holders as well as keep a log of all jobs on which they have been used. GE currently does not keep track of their tool holders in any way which causes problems when a one becomes defective. An RFID solution was designed and implemented to keep track of any tool holder GE wants.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2014

Major

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Major

Robotics Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

Advisor Department

Computer Science

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