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Team Vision for Problem Definition Phase
1)Fully understand the customer needs.
2)Develop and understanding a complete set of goals moving forward.
3)Evaluate obstacles that might affect gate reviews.
To reduce costs in the lab, disposable micro-pipette tips are purchased in bulk and then manually loaded into a reusable box for use. The process of manually loading the micro-pipettes into reusable boxes is time consuming and risks human hands contamination with the tips which remarkably drops the accuracy and precision of biological experiments. To minimize current loading times, maintain current purchasing costs and prevent human contamination of the tips, a device will be developed to eliminate the manual process of loading tips into boxes. The device will need to operate with precision to limit rework and promote ease of use. The goals of this project are to analyze the current manual process and replicate steps with an automatic process. The expected end result is a functional prototype that will efficiently and effectively load multiple sizes of micro-pipette tips into boxes.
For more detailed background information check out the Project Readiness Package.
1)Customer (Dr. Jennifer Bailey)- person who requested for product.
2)Users (Lab TA)- faculty or students who will be using this machine.3)Engineers (The Pipetteers)- they will be designing the product according to customer needs.
4)Financiers - people who will be financing the project.
5)Maintenance (Lab TA)- people who will be looking after the product when in use to troubleshoot to fix errors.
Project Goals and Key Deliverables
1) Complete MSD I and II deliverables in a timely manner
2) Satisfy our customer
1) Working Prototype of Pipette Tip Box Filler
2) User Manual for Pipette Tip Box Filler
3) Troubleshooting and repair guide
Customer Requirements (Needs)
Our living Requirements and Testing document here
Engineering Requirements (Metrics & Specifications)
- Budget of $500
- Weight of 50lbs at maximum
- Footprint of 2ft x 2ft x2ft