For their senior capstone project, three students at Lawrence Technological University are working on a crane that uses fluid power to move large loads. The project, “A Gantry Crane Utilizing Fluid Power,” is being funded through a teaching grant from the NFPA Education and Technology Foundation.

The objective is to design a fluid powered device capable of supporting a 50-pound load that moves across a 10-foot work space. Once finished, it will be used in future semesters as an instructional tool in fluid mechanics, instrumentation and control theory.

Hear the students talk about their project.

Read about the gantry crane.

Click here to learn about other projects.  To learn how your company can get involved with senior capstone projects and/or other Foundation initiatives, contact Carrie Tatman Schwartz at ctschwartz@nfpa.com.