Boeing Tubing Insulation Installation

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Sponsors
Team Name Boeing Insulation Installation Group
Duration Fall 2018 - Spring 2019
Faculty Adviser Dr. Steve Beyerlein
Mentor Sarah Willis
Client The Boeing Company
Team Members
  • Kaleb Halen
  • Isaac Fisher
  • Michael Odell
  • Richard Baptista


Problem Definition[edit]

Boeing Insulation-Installation Group (BIG) is tasked with the objective of introducing novel tooling and manufacturing processes to insulate tubing components for The Boeing Company. Goals include improving the overall ergonomics and efficiency of the manufacturing process currently orchestrated by the Boeing Tubing Ducting and Reservoir Center (TDRC).

Background[edit]

The Boeing Company’s TDRC facility in Auburn, WA assembles, tests and prepares all tubing, ducting and reservoirs for The Boeing Company. One of the project design criteria included; applying closed cell insulation to a formed titanium tube. It is common for tubes to be bent into various geometries, including the main component of focus. The current installation procedure requires an operator to manually force insulation over the bent tubing without any sort of mechanical assistance. This can create an ergonomic risk, as it is taxing on the operator who may have to complete dozens of these insulated tube assemblies a day. Likewise, it reduces the production output of the facility since no assistance is being provided to help ease the process.

Deliverables[edit]

It is necessary for the tubing installation to be defect-free, consistent, user-friendly and reduce current manufacturing times. The proposed method/tooling developed by BIG must be reviewed by the project sponsor. The method/tooling will need to be safe for the operator, equipment and facility. The design will reduce risk to the operator by considering ergonomic parameters to ensure optimal use. Likewise, considerations will be taken into the design to ensure that the operator, equipment and environment are not at risk of injury/damage. Proper fatigue and fracture analysis will be conducted on components to determine safe operating life, as well as scheduled maintenance/inspection intervals and procedures.

Specifications[edit]

The device should be a user friendly mechanism that simplifies the installation process and increases productivity. Ideally the device should be able to meet the following requirements: ● Device shall insulate a tube in under three minutes ● Device shall be multipurpose and be compatible with various bends ● Device shall be compatible with tubes of various lengths ● Device shall reduce input from user ● Device shall maintain a consistent and uniform appearance ● Device shall appropriately set insulation within tolerances for end conditions ● Device shall be compatible with tube diameters ranging from: ○ ⅜ inch to 1 inch ● Device shall not permanently warp tubing ● Device shall not destroy insulation


Design Considerations[edit]

Risks include: ● Injury to operator ● Damage to equipment ● Failure of system Necessary steps will be taken to ensure safe operation of equipment ● Ergonomic factors will be considered in design to mitigate injury to operator ● Emergency stop/fail-safe design will be incorporated to system to mitigate damage to equipment ● Fatigue and stress analyses will be conducted on components to determine appropriate operating conditions and maintenance intervals


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Team Members[edit]

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