Vertical Carousel Project
Senior Design Team of California State University of Northridge Manufacturing Engineering department fall of 2011 has collaborated with Dr. Rajai’s Production Design and Development course with the intention of maximizing the efficiency of group workflow and progression towards the completion of a newly developed innovative product idea/design. The senior design team which consists of 8 group members as well as the head instructor, Dr.Tarek Shraibati, have set forth a 4 month goal in the completion of a marketable idea that will need to be prototyped and fully functional in which it will need to meet all of the product specifications identified by the group.
Space utilization has increasingly become an issue given the increase in price per unit square foot at a consistently rising slope. Individuals including homeowners, small business owners, as well as manufactures, are continuously being affected by such changes within our economy.
Most developers who have entertained the idea of vertical storage designs have geared their products more heavily towards the larger commercial as well as industrial users. Currently, there is no automated tool rack suitable, that saves space and keeps tools organized for small business/household purposes, and also available for an affordable price.
Through entertaining multiple ideas with the senior design group, we propose that a vertical carousel system (rotating on vertical plane) that will maintain cost efficiency have some fixed designs along with some customizable options offered within the design which can be directed towards the everyday user (residential-commercial) while maintaining affordability, low maintenance, safety, as well as product longevity.