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BSI-Hardware Engages Dordt College to Design Test Equipment

Pictured are two of BSI's engineers with the four Dordt students who designed, built, and presented the new

Pictured are two of BSI's engineers with the four Dordt students who designed, built, and presented the new "BSI Swing Door Cycle Tester": Jeremy Kuiper, Aaron Klein, Janelle Wassink, and Matt Ruter.

Each year teams of Dordt College engineering students present the results of their senior projects to the rest of the student body. Often the students work with a company to design something they might be able to use.

BSI-Hardware in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, sponsored a design team of four students from Dordt College to create a design for some new test equipment to add to their already extensive test laboratory. The Dordt students were given specific guidelines to follow, as well as a budget. The project was to create a cycle test machine for swinging patio doors by engaging the multi-point lock, engaging the cylinder lock, then disengaging both locks, operating the door lever or knob, pushing it open, and pulling it shut to complete one full cycle. The test equipment allows BSI to cycle test various sizes of doors. In addition to a complete test cycle, each test can be performed individually. So, if you wanted to cycle test the hinges alone, the other test operations could be turned off and it would only open and shut the door and count that test alone. Cycle Testing counts the number of times a piece of hardware can be operated before it "fails." Cycle test scores are used to provide manufacturers and consumers with the life expectancy of certain products.

According to the Engineering Manager for BSI-Hardware, Tim Eggebraaten, "The project was a complete success. The team that completed our project was well trained, and we are very pleased. This type of business and college partnership gives Dordt students great exposure to the 'real world' in engineering, and it helps area companies too."