P16420: Lip Balm and Hand Salve Production Process Improvement


Executive Summary
Rochester Institute of Technology's Multidisplinary Senior Design team P16420 is tasked with coming up with a lipbalm manufacturing process for a non-profit organization Rochester Roots and this website is intended to show the team's progress
Project Summary Project Information
  • Rochester Roots is a non-profit organization with a focus on increasing the sustainability and fairness of the local food system. One of its projects is to manufacture lip balm and hand salve products through an assembly process that was designed by a previous RIT MSD Team (P15420) . The system should be sustainable with reusable parts and require little maintenance. It should also be able to be used easily and safely by students 8 years old and up. The current design does not meet all customer requirements. It does not maintain heat properly, does not dispense product into containers accurately, and has a less than optimal capping mechanism, mixing arm, and motor. It also has several issues with the hose, as well as some safety concerns.
  • The goals of this project are to develop an improved design that emphasizes safety, maintains heat throughout the correct steps in the process, and allows for easier cleaning of the equipment. It should also allow for adjustability, have a decreased cycle time, and have a longer life span. The system must be safe for students to operate, fit on a desk or counter, be within the budget, and be easily broken down to be stored. Lastly the assembly system should promote STEM learning for the students.
Project Name:
Lip Balm and Hand Salve Production Process Improvement
Project Number:
Project Family:
Sustainable Technologies for the Global Marketplace
Start Term:
2016 - Spring
End Term:
2016 - Fall
Faculty Guide:
John Kaemmerlen | jxkpdm@rit.edu
Primary Customer:
Jan McDonald | jan@rochesterroots.org
Sponsor (Financial Support):
Dr. Debartolo, MSD
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MSD I Phase Summary

Phase 1: Problem Definition Phase [Weeks 1-3]

Phase 2: Systems Design Phase [Weeks 4-6]

Phase 3: Subsystems Design Phase [Weeks 7-9]

Phase 4: Preliminary Detailed Design Phase [Weeks 10-12]

Phase 5: Detailed Design Phase [Weeks 13-15]

MSD II Phase Summary

Phase 6: Build & Test Prep [Weeks 1-2]

Phase 7: Subsystem Build & Test [Weeks 3-5]

Phase 8: Integrated System Build & Test [Weeks 6-9]

Phase 9: Integrated System Build & Test with Customer Demo [Weeks 10-12]

Phase 10: Customer Handoff & Final Project Documentation [Weeks 13-15]

Team Members

Team P16420 (from left to right): Jin, Ben, Alex, Jason, Autumn, Mike

Team P16420 (from left to right): Jin, Ben, Alex, Jason, Autumn, Mike

Member Major Role Contact Note
Jason Ceresoli Industrial and Systems Engineer Project Manager jdc1625@rit.edu Jason's Notes
Jinhong Saw Mechanical Engineer EDGE Administrator jxs6398@rit.edu Jin's Notes
Autumn Smith Mechanical Engineer Secretary / Customer Liaison ads1489@rit.edu Autumn's Notes
Mike Swick Mechanical Engineer Manager of Finance mjs8071@rit.edu Mike's Notes
Benjamin Bondor Electrical Engineer Material Resource Planner bcb2185@rit.edu Ben's Notes
Alex Sowinski Electrical Engineer Systems Engineer ajs8961@rit.edu Alex's Notes

Table of Contents

General MSD I MSD II

Planning & Execution

Project Photos and Videos

Problem Definition

Systems Design

Subsystem Design

Preliminary Detailed Design

Detailed Design

Build & Test Prep

Subsystem Build & Test

Integrated System Build & Test

Integrated System Build & Test with Customer Demo

Customer Handoff & Final Project Documentation