E.P.B. Cabinetry (EPB), located in Fort Erie, Ontario, Canada, designs, builds and installs custom kitchen cabinets for the local housing market. Paul Burger, the sole proprietor of EPB, has developed a unique clamping fixture to assemble each cabinet from individual side pieces and is shown in Figure 1. While this clamping fixture is more effective than simply assembling the cabinets on a work bench, Paul recognized that an opportunity existed for improvement.
Paul asked his son Jim, who was enrolled in the Mechanical Engineering program at the University of Waterloo, to design, build and test a device that would address the opportunities for improvement that Paul envisioned.
Apply the Engineering Design Process including need analysis, conceptual design and component selection to improve a manufacturing process and fixture.