West Virginia University at Parkersburg
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Local company turns to WVU Parkersburg for manufacturing expertise.
CONTACT: Paul Milhoan, chair of Technology Division, 304-424-8272.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
When a local company was faced with halting its manufacturing process because it needed technical expertise, it turned to West Virginia University at Parkersburg's Technology Division for assistance.
Hanger Prosthetics & Orthotics Inc. of Parkersburg manufactures orthotic and prosthetic products. Due to an equipment breakdown, Hanger needed assistance in the design and fabrication of two mandrels which are used to shape its products.
Hanger officials contacted Charles Hardbarger, WVU Parkersburg welding instructor, for expertise in a development design solution. Erik Scott, adjunct instructor for industrial maintenance, and his CNC Machining 2 class designed and fabricated the mandrels as a class project.
"This was an excellent learning opportunity for our students," noted Tom Lemon, instructor of maintenance technology. "At the same time, it provided a local business with the solution it needed to stay competitive and remain productive."
The class was involved in the design and the fabrication of the aluminum mandrels which Hanger uses in the manufacturing of prosthetic devices.
The two mandrels are a vital asset for the manufacturing of prosthetic devices for area men and women and impacted the success of the Hanger corporation, noted Mike O'Donnell, Hanger certified prosthetist/orthotist.