Honors Theses

Date of Award

Spring 5-1-2021

Document Type

Undergraduate Thesis


Center for Manufacturing Excellence

First Advisor

Jack McClurg

Second Advisor

Eddie Carr

Third Advisor

Scott Kilpatrick

Relational Format



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.

Included in

Manufacturing Commons



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