P17433: Plastic Bottle Upcycling
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Problem Definition

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Problem Definition Documents

Team Vision for Problem Definition Phase

During this phase the team was striving to gain a better understanding of the potential final process and product we aim to develop. We wanted to hear from our customers and gain insight on what our end goal should be.

We have begun to narrow the scope after meeting with a group of our customers from 4 Walls Project who represented Nicaragua and our contact in Haiti. We have begun brainstorming several ideas regarding the system we wish to develop and the range of products we would like to produce.

Project Summary

In their current state, Nicaragua and Haiti are overwhelmed with plastic bottle waste streams. In these environments, this plastic waste is an untapped resource that can be both removed and reused. The objective of this project is to develop a system and several products that can effectively remove this waste and produce value for the people living in these polluted regions.

Traditional recycling methods are not currently viable and as a result, it is our goal to produce a method of up-cycling for these bottles that will benefit the local population. We will work to develop a system that promotes collection of the waste and rewards the community for their efforts in reducing the pollution. We believe we can use this waste stream and produce a value stream in areas such as infrastructure, education, and public health.

Use Cases

Current Use Case

Current Use Case

This is our current iteration use case for out project. A link to the use case can be found here.

Project Goals and Key Deliverables

In the current state, a final product for our project has not yet been identified. Below are some known requirements for our project based on the current lack of product.

Customer Requirements (Needs)

Current Customer Requirements

Current Customer Requirements

The customer requirements will be a live document as a final product is yet to be determined. A link to the current document is present here.

Engineering Requirements (Metrics & Specifications)

Current Engineering Requirements

Current Engineering Requirements

The engineering requirements will be a live document as a final product is yet to be determined. A link to the current document is present here.

Constraints

Primary Constraints include but are not limited to

House of Quality

Current House of Quality

Current House of Quality

The house of Quality will be a live document as we refine our project. A link to the current document is present here.

Benchmarking

Potential Process Benchmarking

Potential Process Benchmarking

A link to all of our current Benchmarking documents is located here.

Plans for next phase

Team Vision

A link to our current document outlining our team's vision for phase II can be found here: Team Vision.

The following are links to our individual three week plans :
David Swerzenski Three Week Plan.
Michael Kist Three Week Plan.
Evan Oslakovich Three Week Plan.

Review Presentation and Research

The following Are important links to documents used throughout the problem definition phase. :
Engineering Team Problem Definition Review
Industrial Design Process Book Review
Research Directory
A brochure created for our stakeholders to help us narrow down product ideas can be found Here.

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