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Automated Packaging Cell – Injection Molding

Company: Atkore

Primary: IE
Secondary: ME
Optional: CMPEN, EE

Non-Disclosure Agreement: YES

Intellectual Property: YES

*Atkore – Plastic Pipe & Conduit Business Founded in 1959 and becoming a publicly traded company in 2016, Atkore is a global company with over 5,000 employees and 76+ facilities located around the world. Recognized as a leading manufacturer of electrical, safety and infrastructure solutions, our products are used every day to power and protect the world. Atkore has 8 manufacturing facilities across North America that are dedicated to the Plastic Pipe & Conduit Business Unit, ranging coast to coast from Oregon to South Carolina. With continued expansions in the building and infrastructure market nation-wide, Atkore Plastic Pipe & Conduit is always investing in innovative solutions to make our customer’s jobs easier. This is achieved through three critical pillars of our business system – people, process, and strategy. Atkore heavily invests in developing young talent like yourselves and provides an abundance of opportunities to shape the career you aspire to have. *Capstone Project Summary Atkore currently has nine PVC injection molding machines that create over ten different PVC pipe fitting families in all common trade sizes. This project goal is to improve safety and reduce the manual labor by designing an automated conveying and packaging layout that can sort and package these fittings to be ready to ship out the door to our customers. Given the project constraints, such as facility space, scope for the project is to optimize the process flow. The Atkore PP&C team will provide layout, budget, part, box, and label details needed. There are no restrictions on technology and equipment providers that can be used to automate this process within the project budget. The university team will gain exposure to manufacturing automation technologies, lean methodology, financial modeling, and design modeling & simulation. The ideal student team will be multidisciplinary with an emphasis on industrial & mechanical engineering. Come help Atkore make our facilities technological advanced and safer for our workforce.