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Project Summary Project Information

A newborn baby who has been born premature or with an illness will be kept in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, NICU, in a hospital. In order for these infants to grow and develop properly, they need to receive clean, uninfected milk from their mothers who are forced to use a breast pump. Breast pumps allow for mothers to still feed their babies and produce milk until they are able to feed directly from the nipple. However, feeding a baby who is in the NICU is not an easy task with the limited space and necessity of a clean pump at all times. Every time a mother pumps milk, she must effectively clean all parts of the pump that touched milk with hot soapy water. This process takes time away from being with their child and can be difficult in small NICU rooms. Currently there are no systems that clean every part of a breast pump without needing other resources such as a microwave.

The goals of this project are to create a system that can safely, efficiently, and effectively clean breast pump parts with the constraints found in a NICU room. The ideal system will be able to clean the parts in a fraction of the time it takes to clean them by hand as well as sterilize them and be easy to use. The expected end result will be an automated cleaning system that will clean breast pump parts given the space and resources of a typical NICU room. The design will also follow the guidelines provided by the CDC, FDA and ISO to ensure safety and ability to use the system in a hospital.

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Project Name
Breast Pump Cleaning System
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Faculty Guide
Don Pophal
Primary Customer
Dr. Casey Rosen-Carole

Team Members

Team Members (from left): Rachel Wu, Yohance Basdeo, Kyla Driver, Angelo Vitelli, Christopher Swider, Margaret Froehlich, Jacob Kremer

Team Members (from left): Rachel Wu, Yohance Basdeo, Kyla Driver, Angelo Vitelli, Christopher Swider, Margaret Froehlich, Jacob Kremer

Member Major Contact
Yohance Basdeo EE ysb6770@rit.edu
Kyla Driver BME kad6893@rit.edu
Angelo Vitelli ISE afs6143@rit.edu
Christopher Swider EE cas2666@rit.edu
Margaret Froehlich ME maf9821@rit.edu
Jacob Kremer ME jvk5062@rit.edu
Rachel Wu EE rxw2721@rit.edu

Work Breakdown: By Phase


Planning & Execution

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Gate Reviews

Problem Definition

Systems Design

Preliminary Detailed Design

Detailed Design

Build & Test Prep

Subsystem Build & Test

Integrated System Build & Test

Customer Handoff & Final Project Documentation (Verification & Validation)

Work Breakdown: By Topic

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Use Cases


Functional Decomposition

Morphological Chart

Pugh Concept Selection


Mechanical Drawings

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Facility Layout



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Analysis Results


Test Results

Design Review Documents

Technical Paper


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