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Center for Manufacturing Excellence
The objective of this thesis to demonstrate how our senior capstone project team took a product from a concept to a mass production manufacturing operation, using the knowledge and experience gained through our four years in the Haley Barbour Center for Manufacturing Excellence (CME). Our product, the Apiary Wagon Frame, is an opportunity to reduce the barrier to entry into the hobbyist beekeeping community. In the design process for the Apiary Wagon Frame, we tested several prototypes and different fabrication methods, ending with a product capable of holding twenty hive frames. After building our final prototype, the group created a plan to scale our manufacturing process to the level of mass production. This theoretical scaling of the manufacturing process will result in an effective process for manufacturing our product at a sufficient rate to meet expected demand while maintaining profitability, with a focus on continuous improvement, and eliminating waste.
Franklin, Katelyn and Thomas, Ryoma, "Apiary Wagon Frame" (2021). Honors Theses. 1628.
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