Automatic roller shell groover

Hugo, Michael (2006) Automatic roller shell groover. [USQ Project]


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Sugar, a vital resource, is one of the key products extracted from sugarcane. During the
extraction of this product, the sugarcane is passed through a series of grooved rollers. This project is concerned with the automation of the manufacture of these rollers. After reviewing the various methods that could be used to cut a series of grooves into the roller shell, the aim of the project was to develop a device or machine which will
automate part of the manufacture of the roller shells. Speci¯cally, the design was to meet the following requirements: - Able to handle a typical sized roller and most if not all of the roller sizes used. - Able to complete assigned operations at an equivalent production rate as current processes employed, or better. - Able to sense roller position and status and then determine the appropriate course of action. - Able to operated safely by non-technical personnel. Rather than attempt to modify a traditional lathe, a novel approach was developed
and pursued. This approach was to hold the roller stationary and rotate the cutting tool around the roller instead.

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Item Type: USQ Project
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 01:00
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:43
Uncontrolled Keywords: traditional machining methods; non-traditional machining methods; sensing methods; control methods; ergonomics; machining and power calculations; stress analysis; hard-facing; shell arcing; juice grooves; juice rings
Fields of Research (2008): 09 Engineering > 0913 Mechanical Engineering > 091399 Mechanical Engineering not elsewhere classified
09 Engineering > 0913 Mechanical Engineering > 091302 Automation and Control Engineering
Fields of Research (2020): 40 ENGINEERING > 4017 Mechanical engineering > 401799 Mechanical engineering not elsewhere classified
40 ENGINEERING > 4007 Control engineering, mechatronics and robotics > 400799 Control engineering, mechatronics and robotics not elsewhere classified

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