P16701: MSD Total Supplier Performance and Inventory Control

Problem Definition

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Project Definition

The Multi-Disciplinary Senior Design (MSD) office coordinates design projects for over 300 students annually. This project allows students to take the skills and techniques they have learned in class and apply them to a real life problem or process. Many projects involve creating or modifying an existing product which requires a large variety of tools and resources to be available. Students can loan out tools from one of the many storage labs on campus, or they can purchase parts from a supplier. Currently, there is no electronic system in place to track design team orders; oftentimes leading to duplicate orders and large quantities of wasted material. In addition, the tools and resources available are scattered across multiple different labs with no way to identify the availability and condition of tools available for loan out.

The goal of this project is to create an electronic system that will improve inventory management and purchasing procedures for the MSD students and office staff. The system will minimize waste by improving storage efficiency both electronically and physically. A simplified loan out system for hand tools will be implemented to better track the location of resources available to students. The system will consolidate purchasing orders to reduce repetitive spending on consumable materials and allow for supplier performance to be tracked. The expected end result will function efficiently and seamlessly to save time, money, and resources without exceeding the budget, timeline, and space allotment provided.

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Team Vision for Problem Definition Phase

The team hopes to better understand the project deliverables through conducting customer interviews. These interviews will provide a baseline for establishing the customer requirements and engineering metrics. In addition, the team will assign leadership roles, establish a set of team values and norms, construct a rough project timeline and solidify a problem statement. Various support documents will be generated to aid in better defining the current state and desired state.

Project Summary

PDF of Project Summary Here




Use Scenarios

Tool Loan Out


Project Goals and Key Deliverables


An electronic system that works efficiently and effectively to accomplish the goals stated above.

Customer Requirements

Customer Requirements Document

Customer Interviews

Date Interview Subject Description Questions Notes
08/27/15 Christine Fisher & Dr. Debartolo Define project scope Questions Notes
09/03/15 Jan Maneti & Rob Kraynik ME Shop Processes & integration into project Questions Notes
09/15/15 Christine Fisher Phase I Review Notes Questions Notes

Engineering Requirements (Metrics & Specifications)

Engineering Requirements PDF

House of Quality

Engineering Metrics & Customer Requirements Matrix

House of Quality PDF

Benchmarking Opportunities





Design Review Materials

The following presentation was delivered on September 10, 2015, to the faculty guide, John Kaemmerlen, and our primary customer, Christine Fisher. Problem Definition Review

Notes from the Problem Definition Phase Review on September 10, 2015.

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Project Management

Project Photos and Videos

Imagine RIT

Planning & Execution

Problem Definition

Systems Design

Subsystem 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