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Collecting Project Background Raw Data
- Currently Wegmans employees package the mini-cookies by hand.
- There is no standard amount of cookies that are put into each package.
- Employees estimate how many to put in the package and hope it's the correct weight.
Product Description/Project Objective StatementThis project will create an automated prototype that will separate the mini-cookies by weight. It will stop cookies from moving forward on the conveyor until a specified weight is reached. It will create a clear separation between the sets of cookies that go into each package without substantially slowing down the packaging process.
Key Business Goals/Project Deliverables
- Provide an effective design to minimize the packaging wastes
- Research materials and sensors to be used in automated prototype
- Produce an automated prototype
- Test/analyze effectiveness of prototype
- Present prototype to customer
Primary Market/Project Opportunities
The primary market for this project is Wegmans. The automated prototype can possibly be adjusted for different weights used for other products on this line and be used in future automation of the cookie line packaging.
Secondary Market/Project Opportunities
RIT KGCOE Senior Design Instructors, Faculty Researchers, and Graduate Students
Assumptions and Constraints
- Wegmans engineering resources
- Scheduling of benchmarking/testing time due to production goals
- Should not substantially slow down the packaging process
- Scott Young - Initial point of contact at Wegmans bakery facility
- Chris Isaacson - Industrial Engineer at the Wegmans bakery facility
- John Kaemmerlan- Faculty Guide
- Mark Smith - RIT Senior Design