Faculty Advisor

Ault, Holly Keyes

Center

Gallo Wineries

Abstract

E&J Gallo Winery in Modesto, CA has numerous high speed bottling lines where it is necessary to split a single line of bottles into two lines. The current lane splitting mechanism uses multiple pneumatic actuators that require costly maintenance and cause excessive line downtime. A prototype mechanism utilizing a unique three-dimensional camoid design and single servo motion control was designed, fabricated using rapid prototyping methods, and tested. Preliminary tests results proved acceptable functionality. Shape optimization and long-term tests for reliability were recommended.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

March 2007

Major

Mechanical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

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