P17325: Automated Keg Washer

Problem Definition

Table of Contents

Team Vision for Problem Definition Phase

Project Summary

Beer Tree Brew Company requires a simple, cost-effective automated keg washer that is conducive to their brewing process. The device must be cheaper than current, commercial models and should prioritize functions essential to the cleaning of kegs while incorporating safety standards and retaining the reliability of commercial models. The goals of this project are to analyze current, commercial automated keg washers and the patent database to determine ways in which the device can be made simpler, more reliable, and be constructed of readily-available materials and equipment. The anticipated final result is a fully-functioning prototype capable of maintaining excellent reliability for several years, being easily reproducible and maintained, and adequately cleaning kegs according to the customer's specifications and requirements.

Project Background

An automated keg washer serves the purpose of removing leftover beer and beer scale, eliminating harmful microbes, and purging oxygen from the main storage devices for beer: kegs. Commercial automated keg washers perform all these functions and more along with maintaining a high level of reliability. However, current automated keg washers are either too elaborate, too expensive, or both; they often possess costly functions that are either rarely used or simply unnecessary. Project P17325 seeks to remedy the cost and extraneous functions of most keg washers by making a simpler, cheaper version!


Use Cases

Use Scenario for Breweries

Use Scenario for Breweries

Project Goals and Key Deliverables

Customer Requirements (Needs)

Prioritized List of Customer Needs

Prioritized List of Customer Needs

The live document can be accessed here

Engineering Requirements (Metrics & Specifications)

Below is a preview of the Engineering Requirements Team P17325 has developed based on the agreed upon customer needs. The live document can be accessed here

Engineering Requirements

Engineering Requirements


Design Review Materials

Plans for next phase

Projected Project Plan Updated February 3, 2017

Projected Project Plan Updated February 3, 2017

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