Faculty Advisor

Ault, Holly Keyes

Center

Gallo-Modesto, California

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

Project Center

Gallo-Modesto, California

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