Team Flower Power, one of this year’s 12 mechanical engineering senior design teams, developed a video to illustrate the concept and impact of their capstone project for employees at ATCO, a training center for people with disabilities. Find the video on YouTube here.
Cody Petitt, Marissa Singley, Nick Reed, Eric Hamann and Scott Kostorhyz designed a cleaning system to remove ink from metal lithographic printing-press plates that will be re-used as art materials.
Artists, who are also ATCO employees with disabilities, turn the plates into the signature Passion Flower art work sold at Passion Works Studios in Athens.
The old cleaning process prohibited many ATCO employees from the task because it involved using high-pressure equipment that cannot be operated by employees with disabilities due to safety regulations and required mild outdoor temperatures, limiting its availability to the warmer months.
As you’ll see in the video, the new indoor system reduces or eliminates the restrictions on the former process using a rotating brush and fluid rinse system. Twelve employees with disabilities have been able to train on and operate the equipment.
See how ATCO employees feel about the opportunity at the end of the video.