Date of Defense


Date of Graduation



Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

First Advisor

Steven Butt

Second Advisor

Tycho Fredericks


This project was centered on recommending a new air compressor system for the Fluid System Connectors division of Parker Hannifin in Otsego, Michigan. The recommended compressor for the plant is a 250hp variable speed drive Ingersoll Rand Compressor. It is recommended that this compressor, along with two 35hp compressors already purchased by Parker be tied together using an automated system. In addition to the compressor, a flow controller was recommended to be implemented into the system.

Given that leaks are also a problem in the system, it is recommended that the majority of air leaks in the system be fixed and maintained. These solutions, combined will have a payback period of 1 year and 4 months.

In addition to these recommendations, an AutoCAD layout of the main compressor room was created for Parker. A corresponding machine sheet providing details on the machines in the compressor room was also created to ease maintenance by reducing the amount of time it takes to locate and identify the machine being maintenance.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Open Access

Swoboda Thesis Presentation Submission.pdf (2803 kB)
Defense Presentation