BS in Industrial Engineering
Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Department
Haas Automation, Inc. is one of the largest CNC machine tool builders in the world. They produce an assortment of machines that come in many different sizes, however, all machines have in common the central tool that allows them to perform their surfacing and bore functions, the spindle. As with the machines themselves, the spindles can also range in size depending on the type of machine they are going into. These spindles are assembled step by step and as components are added to them, several models become so heavy that it is not feasible to have operators lift them by hand; alternative methods must be used to transport them. Because of potential injuries and part damage risk, Haas has decided that it is not prudent to subject their workers to moving their 40‐Taper spindles by hand, which weigh approximately fifty pounds. In working with Haas Automation to develop a solution to this problem, several potential solutions were considered, including a Hydraulic Crane System, Air Pressure driven lifts as well as a simple pedal and gear driven lift. A cost‐benefit analysis and general feasibility of each system shows which works best for Haas and its operators, followed by the design, build and testing of the winning solution.