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Zodiac Aerospace is a specialist in the production and development of cabin interiors for commercial, regional, and business aircraft. Zodiac manufactures interior aircraft products known as monuments. The monuments are secured to a track in the floor as part of their installation. The current...
In today’s world, fuel is a resource that truly drives the economy. In many industries the fuel cost deter-mines the price of products more than the manufacturing costs. Intermodal containers carry large amounts of transported goods across oceans, highways, and by rail. In 2010, Union Pacific asked...
O.C. Tanner is an award and recognition me-dallion manufacturer. Most notably, they pro-duced the medals when the Olympic Games were held in Salt Lake City in 2002. In one of their processes called coining, O.C. Tanner uses hard, metal dies to form soft metals, such as gold, into medallions....
The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) sponsored a team of students to develop a light-weight, efficient auxiliary power unit (APU) based on commercial off-the-shelf components. This task is designed to explore how to improve APU efficiency while minimizing system weight. It could also provide a...
Osseus Fusion is an orthopedic development company that sponsored a team of BYU manufacturing and mechanical engineering students to develop a minimally invasive spinal fusion implant. Orthopedic surgeons currently have limited options that address the challenge of implementing minimally invasive...
Blendtec is one of the leading producers of high end blenders. While their blenders are designed primarily for wet blends, consumers have realized that they can mill grains in the blenders. However, there are some drawbacks. The flour produced doesn’t have a consistent coarseness, and tends to be...
The Air Force Research Lab sponsored a team of students to design and build a descent sys-tem for soldiers to exit airborne aircraft that will either improve upon or replace the functional purpose of fast roping. Fast roping is the current method used by the United States military to achieve quick...
GE Healthcare sponsored a team of students to redesign and build the rear steering system for a mobile X-ray machine. The 9900 mobile X-ray system uses a pivoting rear wheel mechanism to maneuver a machine weighing 700 lbs. around the hospital. The purpose of this device is to make X-ray machines...
DisperSol Technologies asked the Capstone team PolyTab Solutions to design a process to form tablets from a batch of molten pharmaceutical polymer. These polymers have caused production issues due to their difficult formability in their molten state. As such, they could not be processed though...
This project was funded by Autoliv, a com-pany that specializes in protecting automo-bile passengers. The focus of this project was to design an improvement to Autoliv’s burst disk testing station. Burst disks are thin disks of metal that need to rupture at a specific pressure in order for an...

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