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A reverse engineering project involving prototype turkey farming equipment. This machine was designed and built by a private party and brought to SmithWorks Engineering for 3D modeling. The 3D model of Barn Boss ensured dimensional correctness and aided in manufacturing feasibility assessments. The final product delivered by SmithWorks was ~100 pages of technical prints. These prints were given to a manufacturing facility for mass production of Barn Boss, along with an attorney for patenting purposes.
A circuit board kit designed by SmithWorks Engineering for a 3rd party customer. This kit features dual optical encoders, a display screen, button input, and a custom designed microcontroller. These electrical components were designed to fit inside a customer designed enclosure. This device is sold to phone companies and used to feed new fiber optic cable underground. The microcontroller continuously monitors the encoders and displays the length of cable fed underground. In the event of a cable jam, the microcontroller immediately detects the slight deviation between the driver and driven feed wheels and disengages an electronic clutch, preventing cable damage.
A programmable logic controller designed by SmithWorks Engineering and used to control a semi-automatic pneumatic drilling fixture for compression molded snowmobile ski manufacturing. This retrofit electrical system replaced a malfunctioning mechanical control system and integrated with the existing gantry, fixture, and pneumatic cylinders. This controller operates 14 pneumatic solenoids, which in turn control 2 clamping cylinders and 4 drill head cylinders. These cylinders work together on this production machine to clamp the ski, drill several thru holes in the ski, and release the ski – quick, reliable, repeatable, and safe to operate.
A device designed by SmithWorks Engineering to control the brake lights on older collector vehicles not originally equipped with blinkers, and use them as blinkers. This controller eliminates expensive wiring harnesses and headaches associated with old electrical systems. Simply follow the color-coded wire layout to connect the front and rear lights, brake pedal signal, and turn signal lever. This unit will illuminate both brake lights when the brake is applied and modulate a single brake light to indicate a turn. No crossed wires, no diodes, no flashers. Simple installation, simple operation. Works on 6v to 12v systems including positive and negative frame grounding configurations.
A custom fabricated retrofit controller designed by SmithWorks Engineering to replace an outdated manual control system with a modern, programmable one. The controller switches on and off a vacuum used to load UHMWPE (Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene) power into a large hopper for mixing. Once loaded the controller will run the mixing cycle for a predetermined amount of time to blend in the colored dye. The powder is then used in a compression mold to make snowmobile skis.