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Kevin Vaval and Meseret Gebremariam, ENT 422: Machine Design II
Faculty Mentor: Professor Jikai Du, Engineering Technology
Xylem Inc. is a large American water technology provider, founded in 2011 as a spinoff from ITT Corporation, that enables customers worldwide to transport, treat, test and efficiently use water in public utility, residential, commercial, agricultural and industrial settings. The company does business in more than 150 countries and has teamed up with the likes of Manchester City athletes to inform the public about the struggle for clean water. Xylem is committed to producing highly efficient water technologies that use less energy, reduce lifecycle costs, and provide environmental benefits to buyers and communities. A Xylem plant experienced an incident involving lifting a final sphere design where an employee was injured. Our team was assigned this project in the hope of avoiding another such accident. The goal was to design an idea or mechanism that can lift a heavy round disk and flip it. The sphere-shaped disks could weigh from 35 to 1000 pounds, with a thickness up to 44 inches. Xylem’s employees use the company’s current system with a clamp and lift disks at 90 degrees, then turn the surface around. Xylem specified that our design incorporate increased safety and operate without damage to the final product.
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Vaval, Kevin and Gebremariam, Meseret, "Robotic Arm Design for Heavy Round Disks" (2020). Computer Information Systems and Engineering Technology. 22nd Annual Student Research and Creativity Conference. SUNY Buffalo State.