College of Engineering and Polymer Science

Date of Last Revision

2023-05-04 10:13:59


Mechanical Engineering

Honors Course


Number of Credits


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Date of Expected Graduation

Spring 2021


This report details the development and testing of an improved replacement for a worn manufacturing fixture which was used to position the location of four drilled holes on the outside of a heavy-duty aluminum rail. Commissioned by JohnDow Industries, the new process improves upon the old one by implementing an electro-hydraulic punch and new locating fixture. The new design produced higher quality slots, decreased cycle time by 15%, and aimed to improve the ergonomics of the process for the employees. All these factors contributed to making the aluminum rails a high-quality end product for JohnDow’s customers. Further iteration of the design will improve the accuracy of the slots and the ergonomics of using the punch.

Research Sponsor

Jack Blackburn, Jr

First Reader

Amy Boyd

Second Reader

John Blackburn

Honors Faculty Advisor

David Peters



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