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To analyze and improve Tyco’s Sprinkler Supports in the field of (de)installation efficiency

Koevoets, Y.M. (2012) To analyze and improve Tyco’s Sprinkler Supports in the field of (de)installation efficiency.

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Abstract:The goal of this assignment is to improve the installation efficiency of sprinkler piping supports. This will be done by making 5 redesigns. In this report, improving installation efficiency is defined as reducing the consumption of recourses during installation. The recourses being; labor, time and money. Besides installation, the logistics around it are also considered. This is because adjustments in a product’s design influence this area greatly (logistics are; the packaging, transporting and ordering of components). The main question for this assignment therefore is: What is the current consumption of time, money and labor during installation, and what are the arrangements for the logistics? Furthermore, the wishes and problems of the customers will become clear in this report. The results of this question will be: - a competitive research - an approval analysis - a product analysis on 5 of Tyco’s sprinkler supports (this analysis focuses on the components’ geometry, connections and assembly order) - customer interviews - a time analysis of sprinkler installation - a money analysis of sprinkler installation The conclusions from these analyses are implemented into a schedule of requirements which would be the input for the 5 redesigns. The main conclusion is that the pipe support structure is too flexible. Most of the components can be adapted, individually replaced and often only have one function. Such a structure contains many components, or in other words; results in a complicated installation. This is a shame since these possibilities are hardly functional in a sprinkler support. The morphological schedule, presented in chapter 11, therefore mostly shows designs with only a few components. However, the final concepts focus more on the reduction of labor consumption. The cutting of the rods, pivoting of components and bending of the hangers have therefore been avoided as much as possible. This was all done to make the assembly as short and easy as possible. Whether or not the redesigns have succeeded in improving installation efficiency remains the question. Most of the concepts reduce labor consumption, but nothing is known yet about the possible reduction of time and money consumption. A successor will test the concept on those aspects.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:ET: Engineering Technology
Subject:20 art studies
Programme:Industrial Design BSc (56955)
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