|Project Summary||Project Information|
In Haiti, fruit is grown on a seasonal basis and is used for many different products. One of the major applications fruit is used for is fruit juice. This fruit juice is a great source of income for Haitian people and is sold across the country. However, mangos come into season all at once in Haiti. This causes for an abundance of mangoes which are not all consumed before they spoil. This results in a loss of profit to the local farmers and increased waste which is thrown into the streets or burned.
In the summer of 2018, a group of RIT students went to Borgne, Haiti and identified mangos as an area for improvement due to the lack of demand during this short harvesting season. If the mangos could be preserved past their current shelf life, they could salvage the revenue that is currently being thrown away and also reduce the amount of waste being produced by Haiti as a whole.
The goal of this project is to create a process that will allow for mangos to be sliced and dehydrated. The mangos would then be turned into a dried fruit ‘powder’ that could be stored for up to six months. This powder could then be added to clean water to create a mango juice which could be sold for a profit. Therefore, by turning the mangos into a powder, a reduction in the number of mangos being wasted occurs and a source of income for local Haitians is being created past the harvesting season of mangos. This process would encompass modern-day OSHA standards, which would ensure the safety of the operator, a clean/food safe environment, and most importantly, a great tasting product.
The Project Readiness Package can be viewed here.
|Kyle Scoville||Facilitator and Communicatorfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Taylor Gould||Project Manageremail@example.com|
|Cody Hamilton||Lead Industrial Engineerfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Rebecca Bennett||Design Engineeremail@example.com|
|Anna Jacobson||Compliance Engineerfirstname.lastname@example.org|
Work Breakdown: By Phase
|MSD I||MSD II||MSD I & II|
Phase I: Problem Definition
Phase II: Systems Design
Phase III: Preliminary Detailed Design
Phase IV: Detailed Design
Phase V: Build & Test Prep
Phase VI: Subsystem Build & Test
Phase VII: Integrated System Build & Test
Phase VIII: Customer Handoff & Final Project Documentation (Verification & Validation)
Stacey Clements:Safety, Compliance, & Training Manager at RIT
Jeff Lonneville:Lab Manager, RIT Center for Electronics Manufacturing & Assembly
Brothers-all-Natural, a division of Brothers International Food Corporation
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Pure Water for Africa
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