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During the systems design phase we observed the mixing process for over 20 hours to help identify the largest areas of opportunity. Before doing so we needed to understand the problem. Many tools were used to help assist in better laying out the customer needs and specifications prior making recommendations on solutions. These tools included a function decomposition, systems architecture, risk assessment, pugh charts, fishbone diagrams, and more.
Our final systems design presentation can be viewed here: System Design Review Presentation
Process of Refining Project Scope
Concept Development (generation, improvement, selection)
This Functional Decomposition of the process shows the main problem area, Visibility, and ways to alleviate the problem. The possible ways to increase visibility on the floor include collection of real time data, signaling employees of next steps in the process, signal mechanical issues to employees, and signaling end of batches for decreased time lost to guessing. Each issue breaks down into its components to form the above Functional Decomposition
The Risk Assessment is used to identify problems and help us determine a path to take to avoid it. Also, it helps us determine which problem is most likely to occur and the severity of the problem which represents the problems we need to be most concerned with. Please see the Detailed Design Section for the updated Risk Assessment