Product Description/Objective Statement
To reduce the cost of existing motor controllers through redesign and cost analysis so that multiple controllers may be produced and used by the KGCOE.
Key Project Deliverables
Key deliverables for this project include a robust, low cost motor controller that can be easily manufactured in lots of 1-10 and easily integrate with both the Land Vehicle Platform as well as the Motor Module.
Primary Project Opportunities
Primary opportunities for this project include educational applications for first year students, a wide range of faculty and graduate research projects, and sales of kits to the public at large. This project also provides the opportunity to showcase the engineering talents of RIT students to companies interested in hiring them.
Assumptions and Constraints
It is assumed that this will be a wheeled vehicle that can traverse a variety of terrains and be assembled from modules to form a variety of configurations.
Stakeholders for this project include the Kate Gleason College of Engineering at RIT, faculty and graduate researchers, current and future senior design teams, students interested in the multi-disciplinary robotics club or FIRST robotics, and the student body as a whole.
The base level constraints placed on the project by the customer, as defined by the project family track can be found here.
Preliminary Customer Needs
|Motor Controller Manufacturability|
|Name||Discipline||Role / Skills|
|Dr. Wayne Walter||Electrical Engineering||Faculty Guide, Will work closely with the team on an on-going basis to facilitate success.|
|Prof. George Slack||Electrical Engineering||Faculty Consultant, Will provide discipline technical support on an intermittant basis.|
|TBD Grad Student||TBD||Teaching Assistant|
|TBD Student||Electrical Engineering||Student Responsible for hardware selection and circuit board design. Assist with other EE responsibilities.|
|TBD Student||Electrical Engineering||Student Responsible for power supply design and selection, wiring, and the motor module interface. Assist with other EE responsibilities.|
|TBD Student||Computer Engineering||Student Responsible for software development. Research and understand previous software. Make any necessary improvements|
|TBD Student||Computer/Electrical Engineering||Student Responsible for coordinating EE and CE areas and assisting with software development|
|TBD Student||Mechanical Engineering||Student Responsible for integration and communication with other LV1 projects. Design interface with platform|
|TBD Student||Mechanical/Industrial Engineering||Student Responsible for cost reduction analysis of new controller design. Must work in conjunction with EEs and other ME to ensure manufacturability. Assist other ME with integration and communication with other LV1 projects.|
Preliminary Work Breakdown Structure
|Week 0->1 Tasks||Week 1->2 Tasks||Week 2->3 Tasks|
|Description of Risk||Possible Consequences||Probability of Risk (H/M/L)||Severity of Risk (H/M/L)||Overall Risk (H/M/L)||Contingency Plan|
|Team member missing for extended period of time||Components may be missing from final project||M||M||M||Delegate times to meet and update all members on status of specific areas of research, good documentation|
|Parts/Materials Arrive Late||Delayed assembly and testing period, possibly miss deadline for completion||H||M||M||Design module so process does not hinge on ordered parts. Cite multiple vendors for same components|
|Controller causes decreased performance of land vehicle||Speed, Stability, Maneuverability and/or Size do not meet customer requirements||L||H||M||Weigh customer requirements highly during design process|
|New controller fails to reduce cost from previous generation||Too few modules are produced to meet project specs. Large scale manufacturability may not be possible||M||H||M||Continue research on cost reduction. Pitch project family idea to investor with more capital|
|New controller fails to integrate with concurrent and past projects||No working vehicles can be produced||L||H||M||Hold regular meetings with concurrent teams to ensure integration, and base all designs off of older components|
|New controller fails to reduce space requirements||Vehicle platform may fail to meet size requirements||H||L||M||Work closely with platform team to ensure minimum space used. Explore all options for board size reduction|
|New controller fails to utilize previous software||More time is required to develop new software. Relying upon unproven software, which may not be as affective||M||L||M||Develop new software that is capable of controlling the modules and interfacing with the input device|