Date of Degree Completion
Mechanical Engineering Technology
Dr. Craig Johnson
Second Committee Member
Professor Roger Beardsley
Third Committee Member
Professor Charles Pringle
Stone countertops are very heavy and fragile. When installing a finished countertop, up to six workers are required to lift the stone onto the countertop, risking their safety and possibly breaking the stone. The safety of both the workers and the stone are very important, so there needs to be a better way. NSI Solutions came up with an idea for a mechanism to aid in the insulation process while limiting the number of workers required, and keeping the workers safer while adequately supporting the stone to prevent it from breaking. Designing methods and calculations were done to ensure the mechanism can support the stone while limiting the size and weight of the mechanism. During the construction process several changes were made to the design of the mechanism to make it easier to construct, limit cost, and increase the strength of the Slab Tipper. During the testing process, the mechanism will be evaluated and changes will be made to improve the Slab Tipper and ensure that it will work in the field. In the end the Mechanism will consist of two separate stands that can be stored in the installation truck when not in use. Then the stands can be set up next to the cabinets that the countertop will be installed on.
Durand, Thomas C., "Slab Tipper" (2018). All Undergraduate Projects. 67.