EPB Custom Cabinets

Jim Burger, Paul Burger and Oscar Nespoli
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Existing Clamping FixtureE.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.

Learning objectives: 

Apply the Engineering Design Process including need analysis, conceptual design and component selection to improve a manufacturing process and fixture.

Key words: 
Engineering design process; Design constraint; Design criteria; Preliminary design; Morphological box chart; Decision matrix
CEAB attributes: 
Module 01 - Case Study
Module 02 - Need analysis (Restricted to educators only)
Module 03 - Conceptual Design (Restricted to educators only)
Module TN - Teaching Note (Restricted to educators only)

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