• When on plant tours, students will be required to observe and record significant items on the sheets given below.
7.1.1 TOUR - PADNOS SCRAP YARD (tentative)
Date and Time: Tues., Feb., 2, 2:45-4:15 p.m.
Pre-Tour: Read the Padnos Scrap Yard Case Study again.
Highlights: A large facility for reclaiming metals that has received the Ford Q-1 award for the quality of their shredder scrap. On-site the facilities include a briqueting operation for fine turnings, car shredding, sizing operations for various large scrap, aluminum melting, pressing operations for high grade scraps and an extensive machine shop for fabricating much of their own equipment. Environmental concerns are addressed at all points in the facility.
Some Items to Look For (only a start):
1. What is Q-1 and what does it mean?
2. Metal types.
3. What are the sources of the metal?
4. How does the scrap arrive?
5. Quality control.
6. Landfill materials
7. The shredding process and the output.
8. Preprocessing of automobiles.
9. Input materials that cause problems.
10. Separation operations (manual/automatic).
11. Contaminants such as oil.
14. Equipment designed in-house
7.1.2 TOUR - HANSEN-BALK (tentative)
Date and Time: Tues., Feb., 9, 2:30-3:30pm
Highlights: Heat treating processes including annealing, tempering/quenching (oil, water and salt), case hardening and shot blasting.
7.1.3 TOUR - AUTOCAM (tentative)
Date and Time: Tues., Feb., 23, 2:30pm
Highlights: Precision machining processes including grinding and turning for the autoparts and computer industries.
7.1.4 TOUR - ENGINEERING DESIGN SHOW IN CHICAGO
Date and Time: Tues., Mar., 16, bus leaves at 8am
Highlights: Thousands of exhibitors showing automation, robotics, CAD, processes, ........
Submit: 5 pieces of literature from different vendors that apply to something you did in your coop. Write a brief paragraph for the significance of each.
7.1.5 TOUR - MICHIGAN WHEEL (tentative)
Date and Time: Tues., Mar., 2, 1 p.m. -- NOTE EARLY TIME
Highlights: A Variety of Casting Processes
7.1.6 TOUR - NELSON METAL PRODUCTS (tentative)
Date and Time: Tues., Feb., 18, 3pm
7.1.7 TOUR - STEELCASE (tentative)
Date and Time: Tues., Apr., 1, 2:30 p.m.
Highlights: A world leader in office furniture manufacturing with a wide range of sheet metal and finishing processes. Many sheet metal processes, painting, assembly, packaging, etc.
7.1.8 TOUR - SINTERFORM (tentative)
Date and Time: Tues., Apr., 8, 3pm
Highlights: A manufacturer of powder metallurgy parts.
7.1.9 TOUR - ROYAL PLASTICS (tentative)
Date and Time: Tues., Apr., 15, 3 p.m.
Highlights: An industrial scale injection molder. They have numerous machines organized in bays. These allow flexibilty and makes it a very open environment. Other processes include embossing and ultrasonic welding.
7.1.10 OTHER TOURS (tentative)
• Other Tours are yet to be determined, but may include,
Drawform - sheet drawing
Shape - Rollforming - Dave Riemersma
Blackmer Pump - Casting and machining - Doug Stolz
Brill Cast - Die Casting - Ron Holland
Delphi - machining - Ed Dienno
Cascade Engineering - plastics - engineering
Nicholas Plastics - extrusion, compression molding - Mike Andres