Todd Archer

Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics


Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics

First Advisor

Philip Datseris


Foreign competition has created a demand within the United States to produce goods in a cost effective manner. This project addresses the problem by automating the process of earring manufacture. A working prototype is developed and tested.

Fixed automation has been selected over flexible automation since it is better suited to the given task. A parts feeding system has been designed and developed by another graduate student. This system is integrated with a welding machine that has been modified for high-speed use. Tests are conducted to determine important parameters in the welding process.

In order to coordinate system operations and monitor events, mechanical components and electrical circuitry are created. These elements are connected to a personal computer, where the events are monitored and controlled. A software program has been written to allow the machine operator to control the system automatically or manually.