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The dilemma facing all foundries today is finding a cost effective, efficient, and safe manner in which to clean castings. At the same time produce a cleaned casting that meets consistent quality and delivery expectations. Today nearly 90% of all casting produced are cleaned by the use of manual labor via chipping an grinding. This manual method has proved to be very labor intensive, costly, lacking consistent quality, and carry high rates of injuries. The use of automation to clean castings is in its embryo stage in the foundry industry. The use of automation in the foundry industry, products currently on the market, and limitations of automation are included in the study. The main thrust of the research is aimed toward comparing to the manual chipping and grinding method to the automation method. Furthermore, costs, quality, and the safety are the main comparison factors. In addition, three groups of castings manufactured at the John Deere Foundry were evaluated to decide whether automation is a viable alternative to manually cleaning castings.

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Degree Name

Master of Arts


Department of Industrial Technology

First Advisor

Yury Lerner

Second Advisor

John T. Fecik


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