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SPARK competition improves manufacturing process for Graver Technologies

“The students’ idea shaved seconds off the process, helping them to increase the production rate. This team is helping to keep jobs in New York by assisting Graver Technologies with lowering its cost of production."

An idea for speeding up a manufacturing process proposed by a group of Syracuse University students during OBG’s SPARK innovation competition has been adopted by a manufacturer and hailed a success.

SPARK connects students with OBG subject matter experts and industry partners, who come to the competition with real-world challenges they need to solve. Student groups brainstorm and propose ideas, vying for the winning solution.

In the 2015 competition, Graver Technologies – a manufacturer of high performance air filters – sought to speed up filter assembly at its New York manufacturing facility. In response to this challenge, students suggested a new fixture design that reduces assembly time by using hinges and clamps instead of a removable lid fastened with wing nuts.

“The students’ idea shaved seconds off the process, helping them to increase the production rate. This team is helping to keep jobs in New York by assisting Graver Technologies with lowering its cost of production,” said Chris Marinucci, a systems integration manager in OBG’s Rochester, New York office.

SPARK was launched in 2013 as a partnership between OBG and Syracuse University and has since expanded to other universities.

Interested in more about SPARK? Contact Catherine Kinrade, OBG Innovation Manager and Senior Scientist.

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