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Subject: Need ideas on automated sewing of drogue parachutes

Date: 10/06/99
Posted by: Howard Arey
E-mail: AreyH(at)aol(dot)com(no spam)
URL: http://itec5542.sit.ecu.edu/5542/duvall/itec6407f99/areyh/assignment2/a2.htm

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I am a graduate student in East Carolina University's School of Industry. I am currently performing a project with Irvin Aerospace in Hope Mills, NC, a leader in the manufacture of parachutes. I am consulting on their production line of B-52 Ribbon parachutes which they will provide to the U.S. Air Force. These drogue parachutes are used to shorten the amount of runway needed for landings. The sections of these parachutes are currently heat tacked on design template tables prior to sending them to sewers at individual workstations. Specifically, I am looking for a method of eliminating this heat tacking. This would require an innovative method of sewing the ribbon materials as it lays atop the design template tables. Please provide suggestions on any ideas you have that may be suitable for this. Please review the following website where you will see a description of the entire parachute production line and specifically the heat tacking template tables. The site's address is: http://itec5542.sit.ecu.edu/5542/duvall/itec6407f99/areyh/assignment2/a2.htm

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