Answer the following question:
A company has identified an opportunity to lightweight their product. Choose 1 of the following products:
1). A company manufacturing pushchair frames has identified opportunities for their frames to be lightweighted. The current frame is made of medium carbon steel.
2). A company supplying laboratory gas has identified opportunities for their pressure vessels to be lightweighted. The current pressure vessels are made of medium carbon steel.
3). An automotive manufacturer has identified opportunities for their cylinder blocks to be lightweighted. The current cylinder blocks are made of medium carbon steel.
a) Using the current material as a benchmark, consider alternative materials which could result in weight reduction and/or cost saving, while still ensuring the component is able to meet its functional requirements. From the identified alternative materials, choose the most suitable material and justify your choice. Selection factors may include, but not limited to, product functional requirements, material properties and economics.
Establish what the primary manufacturing process is for the component made of the current material. Would the new material result in a change in manufacturing process? Justify your answer. (60%) Appraise the significance of current Manufacturing Technology in the context of Engineering Business Management
b) To ensure successful manufacture and use of the component made from the new material, CAD/CAM applications will be required. Identify and discuss which CAD/CAM applications would most likely be used for successful manufacture of the component made of the new material. What benefits would you gain from applying CAD/CAM?
CAD/CAM applications include, but are not limited to, CAD analysis/testing, CADCAM for prototype development and manufacture, mould design and CAM machining. (10%)
c) To ensure full implementation of the new component, determine the manufacturing route from raw materials entering the factory gates to the final product being assembled. What type of automation would be applied along the manufacturing route, and why? Perform a rudimentary cost analysis to establish the cost difference between the component made of the old and new material. (30%)