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Currently, the Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (ABVI) collects unsold textiles from Goodwill and sells them to other companies for revenue that goes directly to other ABVI projects and technology. This eliminates the possibility of generating additional revenue by processing the textiles in house, and then selling the newly shredded and sanitized material to companies for a higher revenue. Unfortunately, there is currently no facility or process in place where this is done.
The goals of this project are to increase the revenue stream of ABVI by developing a facility layout, a rework process, and logistical plan that would allow ABVI to rework textiles and sell them to other companies. The expected end result would be to have an accurate simulation model of the overall system, which would include a facility design, and would eventually turn into reality. Some key constraints are that the new process is monetarily efficient, meaning that it there is a high return on investment and short payback period. Also, the new design must fit the ethical model of the company, create as many new jobs for the visually impaired and other disabled persons as possible, and maintain a safe working environment.
A 1-page summary of the project can be found here.
- Project timeline
- CAD Facility layout
- Cost model (systems design review)
- Business case
- Final report (introduction, goals, methodology, analysis/results, discussion/conclusion)
- Standard Work
- VP of Operations at ABVI
- Director of Sales and Business Development at ABVI
- Our team
- ABVI facility workers
- End product (upcycled textiles) customers
Customer Requirements (Needs)
These needs were updated after customer interview with Joyel Bennett and Joe Kells (interview transcript) on 8/31/2015.
Related document: Customer Needs
Engineering Requirements (Metrics & Specifications)
Related document: Engineering Requirements
House of Quality
Related document: House of Quality Matrix
Work Breakdown Structure
Related document: Work Breakdown Structure
Related document: Preliminary Schedule
- Incoming textile volume cannot support process
- Process will not support individuals with barriers
- New process will not result in higher profit
- MSD scope doesn’t align with ABVI expectations
- ABVI budget will not cover cost of project implementation
- Facility design does not match facility ABVI chooses
- Contact does not provide appropriate information on timely basis
- Companies used for benchmarking are unavailable
- Machinery injures staff
- Process creates hazardous material for staff
- Process creates hazardous material for environment
Problem Definition Review
- The material presented during the Week 3 Problem Definition Review can be found in PowerPoint form here.
- Subsequent notes from the Problem Definition Review can be found here.