Dordt College News

Engineering students design test equipment

April 26, 2004

Senior Design Project

Dordt College is home for engineering students who are required to participate in “senior design projects” as part of their college education. This is a program in which area companies contract the students to design and build machines or equipment to gain practical experience. The student teams also presented their project results to the rest of the student body at a formal banquet on April 22, 2004.

BSI-Hardware, an Amesbury Group company, located in Sioux Falls, S.D., sponsored a design team of four students from Dordt College to come up with a design for some new test equipment to add to their already extensive test laboratory. The Dordt students were given specific guidelines to follow, as well as a budget. The project was to create a cycle test machine for swing patio doors by engaging the multi-point lock, engaging the cylinder lock, then disengaging both locks, operating the door lever or knob, pushing it open and pulling it shut to complete one full cycle.

The new test equipment will allow BSI to cycle test various sizes of doors. In addition to a complete test cycle, each test can be performed individually so that if one only wanted to cycle test the hinges alone, the other test operations can be turned off. The cycle would only open and shut the door and count that test alone. Cycle testing counts the number of times a piece of hardware can be operated before it “fails.” Cycle test scores are used to provide manufacturers and consumers with the life expectancy of certain products.

According to the engineering manager for BSI Hardware, Tim Eggebraaten, “The project was a complete success. The team that completed our project was well trained and we are very pleased. This type of business and college partnership gives Dordt students great exposure to the “real world” in engineering, and it helps area companies too.”

Pictured with two of BSI’s engineers are the four Dordt students who designed, built, and presented the new “BSI Swing Door Cycle Tester.” They are Aaron Klein, Janelle Wassink, Jeremy Kuiper and Matt Ruter.

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