Date of Award
Master of Science in Engineering Management (MSEM)
During on-site visits, it was discovered that the process of setting up cable for installation in conduit takes approximately 15 man-minutes of labor, costing contractors approximately $300 a day in labor costs. This integrated project examined the validity of a new product which would save labor costs by decreasing the preparation time for installing cable in conduit.
Marketing strategies were examined as well as business models. The design of the product consisted of 3D modeling, rapidly-manufactured prototypes, design space selection, testing, and refinement.
In time trials, the final product cut preparation time from 15 minutes to 1 minute, saving contractors approximately $280 each day on a job. Lab tests showed a maximum recommended tension of approximately 200lb, depending on the cable being pulled. The product is able to hold cable bundles with diameters up to 1.5”.
Customers who were presented with the design looked forward to a finished product, stating that they would pay approximately $300 retail price for the solution.
Miller, Tyler, "Developing and Validating a New Product for Gripping and Pulling Cable" (2018). Graduate Theses - Engineering Management. 5.