Friday, the Iron Range Engineering student design team working on the Hibbing Taconite Counterweight Lift project made a trip out to Hibbing Taconite to provide the industry contacts with a project update. After a brief run through of the project background and scoping to bring all members of the meeting up to speed, we presented the three ideas of how to successfully complete the task.
After some discussion, the two feasible ideas were compared against each other in all aspects. The Screw Jack and the Hydraulic Ram each have benefits and downfalls, but both would work well for the task at hand. There was much discussion between the Hibbing Taconite engineers and operators as to which design would have the least maintenance, be the easiest to operate, and the easiest to implement.
At the end of the meeting it was decided that Hibbing Taconite needed more time to review the ideas and would provide us with an answer early this week. Once an option is chosen, final design drawings and parts lists will be delivered for review and implementation.
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