Team Vision for Problem Definition PhaseOur team goal was to more clearly define what is needed for this project by conducting customer interviews. We planned to meet with customers from 4 Walls Rochester and the Enlace Project to set customer requirements. We also planned on setting engineering requirements, and research many aspects of the project during this phase.
Our team met with some of our customers from 4 Walls Rochester, but not with Enlace Project due to schedule conflict. We gathered information on the project and set customer requirements. We also engineering requirements, and split research between the group and discussed as a group.
Project SummaryCurrently in El Sauce, Nicaragua there is a large amount of plastic bottle waste that has lead to the a need for a manufacturing process to recycle the plastic bottles into usable products for the local citizens. The full project summary can be found here.
Project Goals and Key Deliverables
- Functional machine that melts plastic chips from recycled bottles
- Detailed Documentation of Prototype Design
- Testing Data and Analysis to prove the design works
Customer Requirements (Needs)
The working Customer Requirements document can be found here
Engineering Requirements (Metrics & Specifications)
PurposeCreate a contract between the engineer and the customer where indisputable satisfaction of the engineering requirements equates to customer satisfaction
The working Engineering Requirements can be found here
Customer InterviewsThe team was able to interview Bonnie Yannie as well as Sally Kuehl from 4 Walls project to get their input on the device. The team was also able to interview Sarah Brownell since she was a key contact for the previous MSD teams in working on the Plastic Bottle Chip Melter.
The working Risk Management document can be found here
- $500 Budget
- Easy to assemble
- Safe for home use
- Uses 120 Volts : AC Grid Power
- Burns - Heaters are “Hot” (590C max)
- Compression - Crushed Limbs
- Toxic Fumes - Burned plastic
- Toxic Fumes
- Extra waste (after device use)
- Power Consumption
- Language Barrier (Espanol)
- Ease of Use for Locals
House of Quality
- Confirm that satisfaction of the Engineering Requirements implies that all of the Customer Requirements are met.
- Facilitate design trade off decisions
The working House of Quality can be found here
Design Review MaterialsThe design review for phase 1 was held on September 13th, 2018.
Related materials are:
Those not currently available will be added after the review.
Plans for next phaseIn the upcoming weeks the team would like to have completed background research, plan what needs to happen next in the design process, and eventually decide upon and start working a design for the device.
Three week plans for team members at the end of Phase 1: