P18434: Nicaragua Bottle Upcycling Business Development
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Problem Definition

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Team Vision for Problem Definition Phase

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Background summary:

Stakeholders:

Project Objective Statement:

Customer Requirements:

Engineering Requirements:

House of Quality:

Project Plan:

Risks:

Team Building:

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Project Summary

The town of El Sauce currently has a very limited waste management system, and no recycling process. All of the trash is collected by a small truck, which is manned by 4 people within the city boundaries, and then it’s thrown into a landfill. There is a large amount of plastic bottles, particularly 2L soda bottles, in the landfill. A local family currently sifts through the trash in the landfill for the plastic bottles, and sells them in bulk to Gravita.

The proposed model will enable the people of El Sauce to collect, sort, clean, and process the plastic bottles. This system will help reduce the plastic waste and improve the state of the local environment. The model will also provide jobs for the locals as well as upcycle plastic bottles to generate a profit. Finally, the proposal must be able to operate in a small sized business or out of a house.

The goal of this project is to develop a business model, supply chain, facilities layout model, and quality control procedures for a bottle upcycling system. The expected result is a functional prototype of a system that can process bottles in preparation for upcycling. This prototype should also be accompanied by a technical paper, poster, and 3 minute video.

The Nicaragua bottle upcycling project is bounded by several guidelines and constraints. A key constraint is that the business must be located in the town of El Sauce and it has to be sourced locally. Another constraint is that the business must have low start up costs and be easy to maintain and support so a local family in El Sauce can run the business themselves. Finally, this MSD team has been given a project budget of $500 to work with over the project’s duration.

Customer Interviews

Date Interviewee Questions Notes
August 31, 2017
  • Kellan Morgan - Enlace Project
  • Bonnie Yannie - 4Walls
  • Sally Kuehl - 4Walls
  • Sarah Brownell - MSD Guide
Session 1 Session 1

Stakeholders

Stakeholder Position
Enlace Project Customer that assists small business in El Sauce.
El Sauce Mayor's Office Customer that governs the town.
Gravita Customer that buys bottles from El Sauce.
Four Walls Project Primary customer that builds homes for those in need in El Sauce.
Bottle Collectors Customer that collects plastic bottles at the dump.
Transportation Company Customer that collects and transports plastic bottles.
El Sauce Citizens Primary customer who'd benefit most from RIT MSD work.
Gerry Garavuso RIT MSD team advisor and guide.
RIT MSD P18434 Product Developers.

Use Cases

Current Use Case

Current Use Case

Alternative Use Case

Alternative Use Case

Project Goals and Key Deliverables

Customer Requirements (Needs)

Customer Requirements

Customer Requirements

Engineering Requirements (Metrics & Specifications)

Engineering Requirements

Engineering Requirements

House of Quality

House of Quality

House of Quality

Risk Management

Risk Mangement

Risk Mangement

Plans for next phase

System Design Plan

System Design Plan

Individual Plan


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