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Nutrient Storage Cover, Nick Jamison, Cole Reighard, Andy Russ, Shweta Chopra, Jacek A. Koziel Apr 2019

Nutrient Storage Cover, Nick Jamison, Cole Reighard, Andy Russ, Shweta Chopra, Jacek A. Koziel

TSM 416 Technology Capstone Projects

Smithfield Hog Production has several processing facilities across the state of Iowa along with numerous contract finishing farms where producers grow their pigs. The hog manure on these sites is pumped into a slurry store for storage. A slurry store is a 1.2-million-gallon round tank that is 18-feet-tall and 120-foot diameter. Since the slurry store is open to the weather, it accumulates rain, snow, and other types of precipitation.

While evaporation generally equals precipitation, there are some years where precipitation is greater than evaporation. The result is a reduction in manure holding capacity and additional cost to hog production ...


Conduction Maize Drying For Emerging African Communities, Todd Van Dyke, Brett Olson, Jacob Titmus, Michael Shippy, Shweta Chopra, Jacek A. Koziel Apr 2019

Conduction Maize Drying For Emerging African Communities, Todd Van Dyke, Brett Olson, Jacob Titmus, Michael Shippy, Shweta Chopra, Jacek A. Koziel

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Currently, in emerging African Communities, they are putting their maize out on mats to be dried under the sun. They are having problems with animals and humans stealing their produce along with maize weevils destroying their crops. Our objective is to create a mobile and efficient system that can dry grain on a need basis. It also needs to be made from materials that are easily obtained in these communities. The product will not be able to utilize electricity or gas to the main source of fuel will be fire. This is not the first time that this problem is ...


Cardinal Ig: Keying Process, Jacob Raveling, Benjamin Shaver, Mary Gail Knutson, Shweta Chopra, Jacek A. Koziel Apr 2019

Cardinal Ig: Keying Process, Jacob Raveling, Benjamin Shaver, Mary Gail Knutson, Shweta Chopra, Jacek A. Koziel

TSM 416 Technology Capstone Projects

The current process for setting guide keys into aluminum extrusions is performed manually. It is a tedious and unergonomic process. The team needs to evaluate the process for improvement or replacement.

The keying process is done by hand. Each key has to be placed in a channel one by one. Then keys are secured into the channels by using a wooden block which is smashed against the keys. This process is taking too much time, and it is hard on the employee’s hands. When attempting to secure the keys in the channels, a hole begins to wear into their ...


Process Improvement For Material Breakdown, Kirshanthi Ganesa Moorthy, Michael Patten, Matthew Klug, Steven Brousseau, Shweta Chopra, Jacek A. Koziel Apr 2019

Process Improvement For Material Breakdown, Kirshanthi Ganesa Moorthy, Michael Patten, Matthew Klug, Steven Brousseau, Shweta Chopra, Jacek A. Koziel

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  • Cardinal Glass Industries is a management-owned S-Corporation. They develop residential glass for windows and doors. Cardinal Glass has around 6000 employees in 37 locations across the United States and two research centers located in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Their goal is to design and fabricate the most advanced residential glass products in the industry.
  • The problem that they are facing right now is maximizing the efficiency of cutting down foam blocks and sponge material. The foam blocks are used during the key-in process while the sponge material is used for wiping excess glue off the glass.


Cost Analysis Of Swine Manure Separation, Lucas Meyer, Mason Moeller, Todd Muell, Shweta Chopra, Jacek A. Koziel Apr 2019

Cost Analysis Of Swine Manure Separation, Lucas Meyer, Mason Moeller, Todd Muell, Shweta Chopra, Jacek A. Koziel

TSM 416 Technology Capstone Projects

Smithfield Foods Inc. was founded in 1936 by Joseph W. Luter and his son Joseph W. Luter, Jr., with the name Smithfield Packing Company. The company name was later changed to Smithfield Foods in 1974. Smithfield Foods Inc. is quite proud of their guiding principles (Responsibility, Operational Excellence & Innovation) and this small excerpt defines their company as a whole, “We will seek fresh ideas in all aspects of business, including ways to work smarter, serve customers better, and make Smithfield a better company.” (Smithfield Foods, 2019).

The issue that we worked on was how swine producers want to decrease the inefficiency of hauling raw manure slurry and increase manure application systems by separating solids and liquids produced in a typical shallow pit barn with an external manure storage system. There is a moderate amount of research that has been done on swine manure separation, but quite a bit of it is outdated. The current application of raw manure slurry is altogether expensive and inefficient by the traditional method of transporting the manure by large tanks, while post-separated manure could be transported further distances more efficiently. The increasing manure application possibilities and transporting regulations have been a large part of the project in the context of the future of swine production.

Given the elements of the project:

  • Minimal research has been completed on current swine manure separation methods
  • Manure separation is expensive, and its feasibility is all dependent on a producer's budget and the overall size of their operation
  • Multiple costs associated with implementing a separation method (Solid & liquid storage, separation equipment, additional labor, etc.)

It is critical for producers/growers to comprehend the true benefits of implementing a separation method at this time before future regulations become required. The cost analysis tool will give producers the capability to view several costs associated with a particular separation method. When adopting a separation method, there two important benefits; higher efficiency of transporting manure farther distance and the cost-effectiveness increase tremendously.


Hagie Warehouse Consolidation, Nick Mignery, Keagan Hedrick, Christopher Sjoblom, Vincent Breedlove, Shweta Chopra, Jacek A. Koziel Apr 2019

Hagie Warehouse Consolidation, Nick Mignery, Keagan Hedrick, Christopher Sjoblom, Vincent Breedlove, Shweta Chopra, Jacek A. Koziel

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  • Hagie Manufacturing is a small manufacturer of agricultural sprayers that recently partnered with John Deere. They have a manufacturing and storage facility in central Iowa.
  • Hagie Manufacturing is having difficulty using their current organization system of parts and how to pick them to meet their increased goal of building more (33%) sprayers a day.
  • This is creating a problem for the company because parts are in multiple locations which makes it difficult to quickly get parts to where they are needed in a correct rotating habit efficiently.
  • This project will immediately affect the workers of warehouse one and five on ...


Danfoss Journal Bearing Removal, Chad Martin, Lucas Kramer, Matt Johnson, Ben Gibson, Shweta Chopra, Jacek A. Koziel Apr 2019

Danfoss Journal Bearing Removal, Chad Martin, Lucas Kramer, Matt Johnson, Ben Gibson, Shweta Chopra, Jacek A. Koziel

TSM 416 Technology Capstone Projects

Danfoss Power Solutions is a global leader in the mobile hydraulic power market. As a key supplier to some of the world’s most recognized names in construction and agricultural machinery, Danfoss’s market share includes remanufactured hydraulic pumps and motors. Parts and Service is responsible for producing these remanufactured units and continues to encounter and overcome challenges unique to remanufacturing. One such problem is the removal of journal bearings from the pump and motor castings.

Journal bearings are thin, press-fit bushings that provide a bearing surface for shafts in low load locations. Most bearings are installed in blind holes ...


Grain Cart Compaction Impact, Kyle Lafrenz, Harrison Kruse, Tyler Ehlers, Shweta Chopra, Jacek A. Koziel Apr 2019

Grain Cart Compaction Impact, Kyle Lafrenz, Harrison Kruse, Tyler Ehlers, Shweta Chopra, Jacek A. Koziel

TSM 416 Technology Capstone Projects

  • Many factors influence the yield. Harvest is a busy time, and often there is not clear direction or guidance on where to drive or not drive the Grain Cart or other heavy equipment. Path of travel is something that could be changed by educating operators and growers on the benefits and tools they can use.
  • Traffic in the field has inconsistent patterns across the field to minimize time to and from the combine. It is not clear where to place the “path” to the loading area. The heavy axle loads when full can and do contribute to compaction. It is ...


Improving Agricultural Practices Through Water-Flow Modeling And Visualization, Warren Jennings, Riley Nylin, Josh Pederson, James Pollock, Shweta Chopra, Jacek A. Koziel Apr 2019

Improving Agricultural Practices Through Water-Flow Modeling And Visualization, Warren Jennings, Riley Nylin, Josh Pederson, James Pollock, Shweta Chopra, Jacek A. Koziel

TSM 416 Technology Capstone Projects

Current farming tools do not provide an easy solution for water-flow modeling or visualization; therefore, farmers are not aware of what happens in their fields following rainfall events.

Our client, Cedar Valley Innovation (CVI), is a small company owned and operated by Bob Recker out of Waterloo, IA. CVI has supported several projects related to water flow, erosion, and alternative planting in the past including "Row Crop Headland Management Economic Opportunity: Applicator Pathway” and "Alternative Sources of Accurate Agricultural Topography." Mr. Recker’s main focus is on improving the farmer’s triple bottom line of a sustainable income, feeding the ...


Donaldson Single-Piece Flow, Ryan Hood, Miles Martin, Michael Shultz, Shweta Chopra, Jacek A. Koziel Apr 2019

Donaldson Single-Piece Flow, Ryan Hood, Miles Martin, Michael Shultz, Shweta Chopra, Jacek A. Koziel

TSM 416 Technology Capstone Projects

The client for this project is Donaldson Company. They have nearly 12,000 employees worldwide specializing in the production of filters and filter readers that are used in many industries. This project took place at Donaldson’s Waterloo, Iowa facility.

The Capstone team has been tasked to update their oldest and least changed Mechanical Air production line from a batch process to a single-piece flow. The current line utilizes too much overtime to meet demand, and Donaldson would like us to solve that without the addition of more operators. Donaldson wants to consolidate space to make room for new product ...


Automated Finishing Pig Feeder Adjustment, Ryan Godfredsen, Kelley Mabeus, Michael Meyer, Brett C. Ramirez, Shweta Chopra, Jacek A. Koziel Apr 2019

Automated Finishing Pig Feeder Adjustment, Ryan Godfredsen, Kelley Mabeus, Michael Meyer, Brett C. Ramirez, Shweta Chopra, Jacek A. Koziel

TSM 416 Technology Capstone Projects

Feed costs in the swine industry are typically 60-70% of the total swine production costs. Feeder adjustment is used to decrease feed costs. When feeders are properly adjusted, the growth rate can be improved while the wasted feed is minimized. Currently, feeders are manually monitored and adjusted by daily caretaker inspection, which is very laborious. Automated adjustment would reduce labor need and allow for the integration of precision management in the future.


Grain Drying Test Stand, Luke Fischer, Travis Hursh, Riley Schnell, Jet Wayne, Shweta Chopra, Jacek A. Koziel Apr 2019

Grain Drying Test Stand, Luke Fischer, Travis Hursh, Riley Schnell, Jet Wayne, Shweta Chopra, Jacek A. Koziel

TSM 416 Technology Capstone Projects

  • Dr. Dirk Maier is a post-harvest engineering professor at Iowa State University and wants to expand the grain processing program
  • A continuous-flow grain dryer for labs and research is needed.
  • The dryer is to be designed, built, and configured all from scratch by the capstone team, implementing the designs and specifications Dr. Maier requires.
  • Our dryer will be finished by the next technology capstone team and be used by classes to come.
  • This project’s broader scope and initial capstone stages were developed from two previous capstone projects, referenced below.


Makusafe Corporation Device Testing, Nicholas Campbell, Alexander Foust, Dawson Knapp, Andrew Yi, Shweta Chopra, Jacek A. Koziel Apr 2019

Makusafe Corporation Device Testing, Nicholas Campbell, Alexander Foust, Dawson Knapp, Andrew Yi, Shweta Chopra, Jacek A. Koziel

TSM 416 Technology Capstone Projects

MakuSafe is a startup company based out of West Des Moines, Iowa with a focus on worker safety. They have developed a wearable safety monitoring device that aims to improve workplace safety by monitoring the environmental conditions, as well as slips, trips, falls, near misses, and other potential hazards around the worker. A safety manager can then review this data and take proactive steps to improve the work environment. The device is mounted in a holster that is worn on the arm of an individual. MakuSafe needs data collected on the force required to break the holster away from a ...


Vertical Lathe Tooling Optimization, Garrett Deschaine, Nicholas Gambs, Brendan Maye, Graham Fiebiger, Theodore Payne, Shweta Chopra, Jacek A. Koziel Apr 2019

Vertical Lathe Tooling Optimization, Garrett Deschaine, Nicholas Gambs, Brendan Maye, Graham Fiebiger, Theodore Payne, Shweta Chopra, Jacek A. Koziel

TSM 416 Technology Capstone Projects

In order to run Sandvik Coromant Capto C8 tooling, the operator must remove the existing stick tool holder from the vertical lathes ram. This process takes multiple hours and has the potential to damage the ram. Our sponsor would like to avoid removing the stick tool holder when running C8 and cam lock style tooling.


Pella Lean Utilization Cell Improvement, Kritika Chopra, Layne Mcmahon, Trevor Sorensen, Payton Stadtlander, Shweta Chopra, Jacek A. Koziel Apr 2019

Pella Lean Utilization Cell Improvement, Kritika Chopra, Layne Mcmahon, Trevor Sorensen, Payton Stadtlander, Shweta Chopra, Jacek A. Koziel

TSM 416 Technology Capstone Projects

Observe a wood utilization that is not meeting the efficiency and output goals they are looking for and give feedback on different ways to improve uptime and efficiency. The cell is comprised of a cell that includes two moulders, an electronic press, a gluer, and a robot. This cell is used to combine boards that are made of scrap material from another line with full-length edge boards to create an array of larger boards that are used on various products that Pella.

The utilization cell in question is the newest Utilization Cell (U-Cell) at the Pella, Iowa facility and has ...


Economic Model For Investing Small Versus Large Ag Equipment, Jonathan Alas, Chris Davis, Grant Pieper, Shweta Chopra, Jacek A. Koziel Apr 2019

Economic Model For Investing Small Versus Large Ag Equipment, Jonathan Alas, Chris Davis, Grant Pieper, Shweta Chopra, Jacek A. Koziel

TSM 416 Technology Capstone Projects

  • This project will allow the client to give economic advice to its customers while making equipment purchase decisions.
  • The client has customers who invest in equipment who want to maximize their efficiency and return on investment.
  • This problem is not one that many operators consider, but it is something that could benefit many producers if they consider our deliverable. Solving this problem could save producers money and increase equipment field capacity allowing operators to get more done in less time. This solution can create a business opportunity for dealerships to work with their customers to find the right size equipment ...


Hagie Ideal Welding Cell, Paul Appleget, Katie Larson, Jon Thomas, Matt Rowan, Shweta Chopra, Jacek A. Koziel Apr 2019

Hagie Ideal Welding Cell, Paul Appleget, Katie Larson, Jon Thomas, Matt Rowan, Shweta Chopra, Jacek A. Koziel

TSM 416 Technology Capstone Projects

Hagie Manufacturing is a company based in Clarion, Iowa, where they build sprayers for agricultural applications. There are around 140 employees currently working at Hagie, and they are ranked in 2nd among their other top 10 competitors. Hagie has an impact in Iowa by being known as a locally established company, created by a friendly farmer that wanted to have personal and family-oriented business to support his neighboring farmers. Welding production requires an increase to 2 machines per day in order to stay up with demand. Hagie has full capability to keep up with John Deere’s standards, which have ...


1st Flow Feed System Failure Analysis, Chad Bonar, Carter Buswell, Jessica Hanrahan, Joseph R. Vanstrom, Jacek A. Koziel Apr 2018

1st Flow Feed System Failure Analysis, Chad Bonar, Carter Buswell, Jessica Hanrahan, Joseph R. Vanstrom, Jacek A. Koziel

TSM 416 Technology Capstone Projects

1st Flow is a sub company of Reicksview Farms. Reicksview Farms is a large farming operation in Northeast Iowa focusing on row crop and hog operations. The system initially was implemented solely in their own facilities. While there have been sales to several producers, Brenneman Pork has purchased the most units from 1st Flow. The system is prone to cracking and stripping however the causes of these issues are unknown. Current issues being seen are moisture being allowed in the system and causing feed to not flow correctly and the agitator not being able to turn. As a result, it ...


Kuprite: Get Your Dishes Done Right, Colin Joy, Dylan Posegate, Joe Mum, Joseph R. Vanstrom, Jacek A. Koziel Apr 2018

Kuprite: Get Your Dishes Done Right, Colin Joy, Dylan Posegate, Joe Mum, Joseph R. Vanstrom, Jacek A. Koziel

TSM 416 Technology Capstone Projects

KupRite is a startup business as of now. The KupRite idea was formed by Heather Blauer about 15 years ago. In the summer of 2016, while camping, she decided to share her idea with Kyle Steele who is now her partner with the aim of turning the KupRite concept into a business opportunity. “This led them to Scott Swenson, a consultant with the SBDC who introduced them to amazing resources”, said Kyle and Heather. One of the resources provided was BeraTek Industries which they utilized for their initial design and the prototype.

Sometimes when light cups, Tupperware, and toddler sippy ...


Machining Fixture Redesign, Patrick Haight, Joshua Schaudt, Tyler Smith, Ryan Werner, Joseph R. Vanstrom, Jacek A. Koziel Apr 2018

Machining Fixture Redesign, Patrick Haight, Joshua Schaudt, Tyler Smith, Ryan Werner, Joseph R. Vanstrom, Jacek A. Koziel

TSM 416 Technology Capstone Projects

Current fixture for machining an OEM part is lacking robustness and ease of use. Our team has been chosen to develop an improved machining fixture for use in a horizontal machining center. Our client is Quality Manufacturing in Urbandale, Iowa. QMC serves OEM manufacturers with high tolerance parts that range in a variety of sizes. Fixture lacks repeatability and ease of use for operators.


Silicone Applicator Cleaning Improvement, Dan Church, Tyler Hoch, Tyler Hamann, Troy Harding, Joseph R. Vanstrom, Jacek A. Koziel Apr 2018

Silicone Applicator Cleaning Improvement, Dan Church, Tyler Hoch, Tyler Hamann, Troy Harding, Joseph R. Vanstrom, Jacek A. Koziel

TSM 416 Technology Capstone Projects

Cardinal Glass is a residential glass manufacturer for doors and windows. Cardinal glass was first founded in 1962 by a man named M.L. Gordon. Today, they employ 6,000 employees across 37 manufacturing plants throughout the United States. The Greenfield, Iowa, plant distributes to local large window manufacturers. Cardinal Glass is separated into five divisions. They are as followed:FG- Float & High Volume Tempered Glass; CT- Custom Tempered Glass; LG- Laminated Glass; CG- coated glass and optical mirrors; and IG- Insulating Glass. The Client is experiencing problems with silicone curing in applicator tips due to lack of a better process. The silicone cured ...


Standardization Of Isu Transportation Services Maintenance Shop, Kyle Schlarbaum, Blake Streicher, Zach Worthingston, Brett Young, Joseph R. Vanstrom, Jacek A. Koziel Apr 2018

Standardization Of Isu Transportation Services Maintenance Shop, Kyle Schlarbaum, Blake Streicher, Zach Worthingston, Brett Young, Joseph R. Vanstrom, Jacek A. Koziel

TSM 416 Technology Capstone Projects

University Transportation Services offers a wide range of safe and economical rental vehicles to assist Iowa State University faculty, staff, and students in conducting university-related business along with many other organizations in and around the state of Iowa. As the population of Iowa State University increases, so must the size of ISU Transportation Services’ fleet of vehicles. Transportation Services has requested a review of their current processes to ensure the ability to meet changing demands Iowa State University is presenting. ISU Transportation Services is looking to have their common operations standardized through the creation and implementation of standard operating procedures ...


World’S Finest Chocolate Automatized Palletizing System, Craig Peterson, Sam Kuehl, Jacob Roberson, Joseph R. Vanstrom, Jacek A. Koziel Apr 2018

World’S Finest Chocolate Automatized Palletizing System, Craig Peterson, Sam Kuehl, Jacob Roberson, Joseph R. Vanstrom, Jacek A. Koziel

TSM 416 Technology Capstone Projects

World’s Finest Chocolate (WFC) is currently hand stacking each case of chocolate coming off its production lines onto pallets. This is leading to strain and potential injuries on employee’s backs and hands, as well as improper stacking that leads to less than sturdy pallet loads. This can result in employee recovery time off and medical bills. Also may lead to poor quality of stacking causing warehouse and shipping damage. Other companies have decided to utilize automatic palletizers to alleviate this issue. This is the current plan of action we are researching and proposing.


Design And Manufacturability Of An In-Field Cow/Calf Hutch, Tommy Reeves, Derek Golinghorst, Tyler Benzing, Morgan Findley, Joseph R. Vanstrom, Jacek A. Koziel Apr 2018

Design And Manufacturability Of An In-Field Cow/Calf Hutch, Tommy Reeves, Derek Golinghorst, Tyler Benzing, Morgan Findley, Joseph R. Vanstrom, Jacek A. Koziel

TSM 416 Technology Capstone Projects

The design and manufacturability assessment for an in-field/pasture calving shelter that would allow for viability within the livestock market.


Alternative Sources Of Accurate Agricultural Topography, Ben Neff, Nathan Wright, Reagan Rieken, Reece Sharp, Spencer Shalla, Joseph R. Vanstrom, Jacek A. Koziel Apr 2018

Alternative Sources Of Accurate Agricultural Topography, Ben Neff, Nathan Wright, Reagan Rieken, Reece Sharp, Spencer Shalla, Joseph R. Vanstrom, Jacek A. Koziel

TSM 416 Technology Capstone Projects

Bob Recker started Cedar Valley Innovation, CVI, in 2004 following his retirement from John Deere after 41 years. CVI works on many small-scale experiments to test if they can be applied in large-scale settings. CVI is a small business hoping to make a big impact on agriculture. On this project specifically, our client’s goal is to study the relative accuracy of alternative methods of data collection to create topographical data of agricultural fields for purpose of water flow and related field analysis.Our group understands the possible solutions for the problem of analyzing water flow are tractor-based ground units ...


Water Usage Reduction At Food Processing Facility, Matthew Bradley, Derek Lapolice, Christian Peterson, Joseph R. Vanstrom, Jacek A. Koziel Apr 2018

Water Usage Reduction At Food Processing Facility, Matthew Bradley, Derek Lapolice, Christian Peterson, Joseph R. Vanstrom, Jacek A. Koziel

TSM 416 Technology Capstone Projects

Burke Corporation is one of the largest companies in Nevada, Iowa and they make processed foods specifically pizza topping. Burke also uses 25% of the city’s fresh water supply. The company spends 875,000 dollars each year and uses 65,385,000 gallons of water. Burke wants to reduce these costs and in turn be more environmentally friendly. One of the bigger issues noticed is that to heat up one of their pipes they are running hot water over it. This wastes water and also creates a slip and fall hazard.


Reducing Sound Levels Of Granulator At Orbis Corporation, Adam Joerger, Matthew Blair, Micah Palmer, Michael Johnson, Michael Taylor, Joseph R. Vanstrom, Jacek A. Koziel Apr 2018

Reducing Sound Levels Of Granulator At Orbis Corporation, Adam Joerger, Matthew Blair, Micah Palmer, Michael Johnson, Michael Taylor, Joseph R. Vanstrom, Jacek A. Koziel

TSM 416 Technology Capstone Projects

ORBIS Corporation, owned by Menasha Corporation, is a manufacturer of reusable plastic bulk containers, hand-held containers, pallets, dunnage and packaging. One of ORBIS’ main goals is to create a sustainable way to improve product flow throughout a supply chain. The ORBIS Corporation, a subsidiary of Menasha Corporation, has more than 35 world-wide locations to improve supply chains in many industries. Some of ORBIS’ customers are companies in the food, beverage, automotive, general manufacturing and pharmaceutical industries. In 2007, ORBIS acquired a major manufacturer of bulk containers, making it North America’s leader in reusable plastic packaging (ORBIS, 2017). ORBIS uses ...


Monitoring Activity And Climate Impact In Market Hogs With Activity Ball, Brad Aronson, Eli Sents, Kyle Wenck, Derek Yegge, Joseph R. Vanstrom, Jacek A. Koziel, Steven Hoff, Brett Ramirez Apr 2018

Monitoring Activity And Climate Impact In Market Hogs With Activity Ball, Brad Aronson, Eli Sents, Kyle Wenck, Derek Yegge, Joseph R. Vanstrom, Jacek A. Koziel, Steven Hoff, Brett Ramirez

TSM 416 Technology Capstone Projects

Prairie Systems is a web-based data management provider, primarily servicing the swine industry. Their products include the Feed Allocation System, which helps producers manage feed inputs, Smart Order, which helps feed manufacturers and distributors manage feed order fulfillment, and LeeO, which tracks individual animals through RFID technologies. Prairie Systems’ line of products is implementing precision agriculture practices into the livestock industry.

To help producers better manage their operations, Prairie Systems is seeking to gain a better understanding of the daily activity of market hogs. To do this, we were tasked with designing and fabricating a container to collect activity data ...


Puncture And Cut Resistant Glove Testing, Thomas Fort, Kollin Bruns, Adam Bichel, Jebidiah Miller, Joseph R. Vanstrom, Jacek A. Koziel Apr 2018

Puncture And Cut Resistant Glove Testing, Thomas Fort, Kollin Bruns, Adam Bichel, Jebidiah Miller, Joseph R. Vanstrom, Jacek A. Koziel

TSM 416 Technology Capstone Projects

American Packaging Corporation is a flexible packaging converter; they currently have three operational facilities in Story City, IA; Columbus, WI; and Rochester, NY, with a new facility being built in Chili, NY. Engineering laminations and coatings, rotogravure printing and lamination, and flexographic printing and laminating are some of the techniques that they are capable of. They provide packaging for a wide range of products in food and beverage, personal care, health care, and specialty packaging. A testing procedure is needed to test the performance of puncture and cut resistant gloves in a specific scenario that is commonly seen throughout through ...


Economic Analysis And Utilization Of Sustainable Row Strips, Aaron Dumez, Aaron Gernetzke, Jason Krueger, Kaleb Schott, Joseph R. Vanstrom, Jacek A. Koziel Apr 2018

Economic Analysis And Utilization Of Sustainable Row Strips, Aaron Dumez, Aaron Gernetzke, Jason Krueger, Kaleb Schott, Joseph R. Vanstrom, Jacek A. Koziel

TSM 416 Technology Capstone Projects

Cedar Valley Innovation - owned by Mr. Bob Recker seeks to find a sustainable way to utilize increased sunlight of skipped rows to establish cover or companion crops. This system has been used previously as well in drought prone areas in Nebraska to maximize what little rainfall occurs. Wide acceptance and use by farmers is a concern. Increased management and changes to their current their current practices would be difficult for some operations.