Packaging Process

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2022-04
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MacNally, Alex
Hollar, Andrew
Anderson, Michael E.
Koziel, Jacek
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Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
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Problem Statement: MKS is a large company in the semiconductor industry with locations all along the East Coast. They mainly produce multipurpose sensors, for things like manufacturing lines, energy generation, medical equipment, and environmental monitoring. They have worked with companies like Samsung, as well as Applied Materials and Lam Research. While one of our members was working there this past summer, one thing they noticed could be improved upon was the process of sealing packages. The current method of sealing the packages for smaller sensors consists of an employee using their hands to manually close the tough plastic packaging. At this point, it isn't known whether the current method of sealing is capable of causing repetitive strain injuries or of acute damage to the joints in the hands. RSI's (Repetitive Strain Injuries) are common in the workplace, and since employee safety is such a high priority for many companies, we believe that any solutions to this problem can be implemented in other areas as well. A change in the hardware used for sealing this kind of packaging could be redimensioned to fit other kinds of packaging or repurposed to suit other kinds of jobs as long as the mechanism of shutting remains similar.
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TSM416: Technology Capstone
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