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The Parker Hannifin plant in Batesville, MS, is a manufacturing plant that specializes in A/C and hydraulic tube and hose assemblies that support heavy machinery in the agriculture, logistics and construction industries. Customers place unique orders where the tube size, bending configurations, and adaptors vary widely. Some tubes require valve bodies where the customer can charge the A/C system once it has been assembled. A pierce and press machine is used to pierce the tube and place the valve body in the hole. Many tubes have asymmetric blocks at the end of the tube, with valve bodies placed at customer-requested angles relative to these blocks. The current process to achieve these angles does not allow for accurate block-to-valve orientation. Parker Hannifin requested the design of a tool which would allow block-to-valve orientation at angles with a ±2° tolerance. An orientation device that is capable of transmitting angular rotation input to the block was developed.
Richardson, Annie, "Design of an Orientation Device for Valve Bodies with Blowout Compatibility for Slug Detection" (2020). Honors Theses. 1483.
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