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Methods Machine Tools, Inc., a leading supplier of innovative precision machine tools, automation and accessories announced it sponsored a senior year capstone project for several fifth year electromechanical engineering students from Wentworth Institute of Technology (Boston, MA). The project involved researching and designing a new type of infeed system for potential use in future Methods’ automated cell projects. The students presented the design to Methods and a winner was chosen at Wentworth on December 15, 2014. The students are currently working on building their project this semester and plan to have the prototype completed by April 2015.

“Methods National Applications Manager Jim Van Buskirk and I sit on an Industrial Professional Advisory Committee (IPAC) for Wentworth’s interdisciplinary engineering program. It was at one of these IPAC meetings that we learned about the students’ need to work on a ‘real’ industry application for their capstone project,” said Methods Mechanical Engineer, Brittany Speroni. “We thought the infeed system would be an excellent project for the engineering students and were glad to sponsor the project.”

Speroni and Methods Electrical Engineer Guy Parenteau visited Wentworth to present students with the specifications for a new infeed system. Three groups of three to four students each, decided to choose Methods for their senior capstone project. The students then visited Methods for a facility tour and an overview of Methods’ technology capabilities. They also received details on the type of infeed solution Methods was seeking.

The groups spent one semester working on their designs and then presented their ideas to Methods Automation Manager John Lucier; Van Buskirk, and other Methods automation and electrical engineers. After the presentations, Methods had the students write up evaluations of each group; deciding who they felt did the best job. Methods management then reviewed the projects and selected a winner. Both Methods and the students chose the same group.

“We are so pleased that our students at Wentworth have had the opportunity to work with Methods. Through this capstone sponsorship, the students were able to work on real-world problems and solutions, and gain valuable experience by having the opportunity to apply what they’ve been learning the past five years,” commented Wentworth Professor of Electronics, Douglas Dow.

Through Wentworth co-op opportunities and project collaboration, Methods and Wentworth have forged a strong relationship designed to provide students excellent opportunities to experience the latest in manufacturing technology.

Methods Machine Tools, Inc. has been a leading supplier of precision machine tools, automation and accessories for over 55 years, providing extensive applications engineering support, installation, parts, service, and training through a network of large state-of-the-art technology centers and dealers throughout North America. For more information please contact Methods at 65 Union Avenue, Sudbury, MA 01776, TEL: (978) 443-5388, FAX: (978) 440-9405, Email:

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