P18317: Precision Optical Transducers Test Bed

Problem Definition

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Team Vision for Problem Definition Phase

Phase I Goals:

The team met with the customer to gather background on the product and to get a better understanding of the project plan and customer requirements. The team then constructed a problem statement and designed the criteria for the project. The engineering requirements were made and a site visit with the customer to gather data, present the problem definition review, and determine next steps was conducted.

Project Summary

Precision Optical Transceivers is primarily concerned with delivering high quality optical transceivers to their customers quickly. An obstacle they are facing is uncertainty in the hardware portion of the testing process. The primary source of this uncertainty is optical attenuators. This uncertainty leads to time loss and lack of confidence in test results.

The goal of the project is to build an automated test fixture that can verify the functionality of optical attenuators and optical fibers. This solution will reduce uncertainty of the testing process while minimizing the time spent troubleshooting the transceiver and ensure validity of the test results. The fixture will be easy to use by a technician and fit into the work environment on the production floor.

Team Values and Norms

Our team developed a list of values and norms for handling situations throughout Senior Design.
Value Metrics
  • Team members should give an advanced notice as soon as possible if unable to make a meeting or deadline.
  • Team members should respond as soon as possible to messages within a maximum of 24 hours (with a timely plan & deadline, if necessary).
  • Team members are to be within five minutes early and three minutes late to meetings.
  • Each team member is allotted a grace period; however, if a team member is excessively late to meetings, that member must buy the other members tea/coffee.
  • Each team member is expected to meet deadlines.
  • If a team member cannot meet the deadline, that member must make an attempt and provide an advanced notice to the other team members.
Take Initiative & Be Pro-active/Productive
  • Team members should reach out and help one another, if necessary.
  • Team members should not be afraid to ask for help.
  • Team members should utilize resources.
  • Each team member should try to keep their workload balanced.
  • Each team member should share information with the team as they progress in their work.
  • Each team member should have morals and be honest and trustworthy.
  • The team should ensure that the work being done is aligned with the project scope/goals.

Project Goals and Key Deliverables

Customer Interviews

Date Interviewee(s) Questions
September 1, 2017 Bryce Tennant & Chris Page Session 1


Stakeholder Position
Precision Optical Transceivers Customer
Rochester Institute of Technology MSD Sponsor
MSD Team Fixture Developers

Use Cases

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Customer Requirements (Needs)

The working Customer Requirements document can be found here: Customer Requirements

Engineering Requirements (Metrics & Specifications)

Engineering Requirements

Engineering Requirements

The working Engineering Requirements document can be found here: Engineering Requirements


House of Quality

The working House of Quality document can be found here: House of Quality

Design Review Materials

Presentation: PDF & Notes

Plans for next phase

The working Gantt Chart document can be found here: Gantt Chart

Individual Plans

Erica Butler's Three Week Plan: Erica's Goals

Nathan Rummage's Three Week Plan: Nathan's Goals

Neville Mogent Jr.'s Three Week Plan: Neville's Goals

Elizabeth Hughes' Three Week Plan: Elizabeth's Goals

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