P18432: Plastic Bottle Rope Machine Improvements
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Currently in Haiti, and in other developing nations, there is an overabundance of recyclable plastic bottles with no clear path to recycling a substantial number of the bottles. This leads to accumulation of this waste which may end up in the ocean and can be hazardous as well. Because of this supply of bottles it makes sense to find, or create, a way to upcycle these bottles into a useful/salable product while simultaneously employing people in a very underemployed nation.

Our task is to develop a process and associated tools/systems to process the excess bottles into usable string, and then that string into usable and salable rope. Economic analysis will need to be done to determine the required setup of production lines in order for the system to be profitable.

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Project Name
Plastic Bottle Rope Machine
Project Number
P18432
Project Family
Sustainability
Start Term
2171
End Term
2175
Faculty Guide
Art North, ajnddm@rit.edu
Primary Customer
Sarah Brownell, contact
Sponsor (Financial Support)
MSD

Team Members

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Members listed below from left to right

Member Role Contact
Ryan Fairbanks ME-Purchasing and Communication rf5056@rit.edu
Eric Deal ME-Lead Engineer exd3258@rit.edu
Anna Dorman ISE-Project Manager amd8402@rit.edu

Work Breakdown: By Phase

MSD I & II MSD I MSD II

Planning & Execution

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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)

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