Heat Stake Redesign and Process Optimization

Heat Stake Redesign and Process Optimization

This student team will  redesign the geometry of the  plastic pin connections in the door assembly while simultaneously optimizing the heatstake process conditions to maintain connection strength, minimize cycle time and reduce variation in the finished part quality. This project is supported by engineers in Plymouth, Michigan. 

More Information: 2017-YanfengJohnson

Students who successfully match to this project team will be required to sign the following two documents in January 2017:

 Student IP Agreement for this Project Team
Student Non-Disclosure Agreement for this Project Team


How to Apply

Project Features

  • Skill level All levels
  • Students 5-7
  • Likely Majors Any, ChE, ISD-AUTO, ISD-GAME, ISD-MFG, MSE, ME, STATS
  • Course Substitutions AUTO 503, GAME 503, MFG 503, Honors, ME 590
  • IP & NDA Required? Yes
  • Summer Opportunity Summer Funding Application
  • Mechanical Design and Development (2-3 Students)

    Part Design, Analytical Structure Modeling with phase changes/heat transfer

    • Likely Majors: ME, ISD-MFG, ISD-AUTO, ISD-GAME
  • Materials Development (2 Students)

    Material testing, Plastics behavior, Injection molding

    • Likely Majors: MSE, ChE, ME
  • Statistics and Experimental Design (1 Student)

    Design of Experiments and analysis of experimental results

    • Likely Majors: STATS, Any

Faculty Mentor: Johannes Schwank2017 Stryker projects
James and Judith Street Professor of Chemical Engineering; Director, Electron Microbeam Analysis Laboratory (EMAL)
Professor Schwank’s research program is focused on fundamental and applied research problems in heterogeneous catalysis, sensors, and energy storage materials. A major theme is the development of correlations between surface structure of materials and their reactivity.
Sponsor Mentor: Dennis VanHoutendennis
Product Engineer
Dennis VanHouten is a product engineer at the Yanfeng Technical Campus in Holland, Michigan. Dennis graduated from the University of Michigan (BSME ’93) and Grand Valley State University (MBA ’99). Dennis has over 20 years of experience in automotive interiors, including roles in research and development, testing, product design, and Six Sigma. He currently mentors product development and launch teams in the use of Taguchi methods for Robust Engineering.
For More Information About This Sponsor, Visit Their Website (Johnson Controls).