Faculty Advisor

Hagglund, Raymond R.


For about twenty years, the Norton Company, in Worcester Massachusetts, has used a manually operated machine to conduct sanding operations on their metal bonded, super-abrasive disk. Currently this operation is needlessly the top third cost-consuming facet of the disk production. The reason for this can be attributed to the amount of time used by the operator in performing the sanding operation. The objective of this project is to reduce that large value of time and money spent, by designing a machine that will automate this operation. This process of design includes analyzing what the current operation is, brainstorming for how this operation can be conducted automatically, selection of the best idea, troubleshooting for any possible flaws, selection of need[ed] parts, drafting the design, finalizing the design, and receiving approval for materialization of the machine.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 1999


Mechanical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project


Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering