Department - Author 1

Electrical Engineering Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Electrical Engineering



Primary Advisor

Wayne Pilkington


Inventory management for small parts such as electronic components remains time consuming and costly to implement, yet required for efficient business operations. Currently there exists no solution to this problem that is both automated and inexpensive. This project provides a solution by developing an accurate and wireless force transducer for automated inventory management systems. The device works by laying on the bottom of an inventory storage container and measuring the total weight of the items. The device then wirelessly transmits this weight to a receiver where it is stored in a database. Afterwards, the database compares the most recent weight with the known weight of an item and calculates the quantity of items in stock. The project accomplished a proof of concept inventory system that accurately measures up to the weight of 1.5 grams. However the cost of the device needs to be significantly reduced to provide market feasible product. Cost improvements are discussed in the conclusion.