Improved Fin Transfer Process

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Burr Oak Tool Inc., a manufacturer of fin dies and line equipment, sponsored a group of BYU students to design an improved transfer and handling process for radiator fins. Currently, fins fall from a press and stack vertically on a cart. Operators then remove the cart from the press and manually separate, orient, and transfer fin stacks to the next process. Setbacks to the current process include: machine downtime to switch out equipment, excess manual material handling, and damaged fins.

Team FinOp was able to visit Burr Oak customer Goodman Mfg. and observe their process. This allowed them to identify unnecessary steps and equipment that they could improve or eliminate. Their solution to the problem is called the Slider System. The design separates alternating fins as they drop from the press. Every other fin falls into a channel that holds them upright. Pressurized air moves the other group of fins to the opposite side where they fall into a channel. The two separate groups of fins are oriented in the proper direction for their next operation and are pushed together into stacks. These stacks are moved onto a modified cart that holds them in place and transfers them to the next station.

The slider system benefited the sponsor by providing them with information they can incorporate into the current process as well as future designs. The slider design improves upon the current fin transfer process by promoting continuous flow, reducing material handling and damaged fins, and is operable by a single operator.

School Year (term): 
Burr Oak Tool
Team Name: 
Earl Mott
Team Members: 
Mckay Bench, Brian Rea, Ty Bilodeau, Kelli Fredrickson, Cameron Bush

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