Learning Factory - Sponsors - Examples of Past Projects

Semester: Spring 2010

Sponsor: Black & Decker

Title: Bit Insertion Mechanism

Description: Black & Decker currently packages millions of screwdriver bits per year for our accessory business. These bits are manually placed into plastic sub trays, and the trays are placed into a plastic storage case. We employ 23 operators to produce 2500 units per shift. 10 of these operators assemble the bits into sub trays, at an estimated labor cost of approximately $50,000 annually. Our Project proposal is to develop a bit insertion mechanism that could be incorporated into a high volume automated system to assemble these bits into the sub trays, and reduce our cost.