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Development of a machine assisted eccentricity test method for a type of weighing instrument used in LPG cylinder filling machinery

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dc.contributor.advisor Abeykoon, HS Pandithasekera, VN 2015-07-08T04:32:32Z 2015-07-08T04:32:32Z 2015-07-08
dc.description.abstract Testing is an essential factor in the manufacturing processes. While the relevant standards and specifications govern the scope of a given test procedure, the methods and mechanisms used for the testing strongly depend on the rate of product output, operating environment, technological infrastructure and ergonomic requisites. This research work is focused on the testing requirements of a weighing instrument module that is used in the liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) cylinder filling industry. The current testing method involves manual placement of a test weight on predetermined positions on the weighing instrument module, and; recording of the measurement readings, by an operator. Manual handling of the test weight has led to a constraint on the maximum usable test load as well as the ergonomic concerns related to the repetitive load handling by the operators. In order to increase the load handling capacity and to eliminate the ergonomic related issues, this dissertation has proposed and developed a machine assisted testing solution, giving due consideration to the relevant industrial norms on the design and development of machinery. During the course of the research work, the author has developed a simplified pneumatic based positioning strategy that can be used for reliable acquisition of predefined points in space, and; that does not suffer from the nonlinear characteristics of air. This development is an enhancement of a multi- positioning method proposed by a renowned manufacturer of pneumatic solutions, systems and accessories. Further, the machinery that was developed as a result of the research work was able to deliver an overall enhancement to the focal testing process in terms of operating capacity, safety and ergonomic gain. A comprehensive verification was done on the results of the research work at the concluding stages and the achievement of the objectives was validated with the supporting evidence. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.title Development of a machine assisted eccentricity test method for a type of weighing instrument used in LPG cylinder filling machinery en_US
dc.type Thesis-Abstract en_US
dc.identifier.faculty Engineering en_US MSc. en_US
dc.identifier.department Department of Electrical Engineering en_US 2014
dc.identifier.accno 107246 en_US

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