Customer Handoff & Final Project Documentation
Team Vision for Final Demo and HandoffFor this last and final phase, the team planned on finalizing our test plans and manufacturing plans. We had also planned on finishing off the technical paper and poster. As a team, we had planned to finalize any other documents that we needed to pass off. After being reviewed, the team took any notes we received about our technical paper and implemented them right away to finalize the paper. At this point we are waiting on one final review with our customer and guide to make sure there is nothing else to fix. The poster and lightning talks video have been created and voiced over.
Test Results Summary
The detailed results for individual engineering requirements can be found here:Test Plan Results.
Risk and Problem Tracking
RisksThe final Risk Table with all identified risks can be found using the following link: Updated Risk Table.
For our project, with everything coming to a close, all risk importances have been reduced to 0. However, if the project is continued, and the composter was built some of the risks will remain relevant. For instance, there is a lot of uncertainty with the BSFL behavior, there will be risks building and assembling the subsystems, as well as other relevant risks.
Problem TrackingUpdated Problem Tracking Worksheet: Because the project is coming to an end, all project issues were concluded/resolved.
Final Project Documentation
Prototype CAD Model: CAD Model (.stp)
Frame SubsystemDrawing Packet
Frame Manufacturing/Assembly Plans: Plans
Hopper Layout Drawings for CNC: Layout
Hopper Assembly Drawings: Drawing Packet
Hopper Manufacturing/Assembly Plans: Plans
Frass Removal Subsystem
Frass Removal Assembly Drawings: Drawing Packet
Frass Removal Manufacturing/Assembly Plans: Plans
Larvae Removal Subsystem
Larvae Removal Manufacturing/Assembly Plans: Plans
Presentation DocumentsTech Paper
Recommendations for Future BSF Teams
There is ample future work that could be done if the project were continued. Because our project was limited due to COVID-19, the composter could still be built and tested under working conditions. In addition to testing the BSFL larvae in the composter, additional experiments could be performed to gain a better understanding of their behavior. If the project were to be scaled up to meet RIT’s food waste, it would be beneficial to make the composter safer to operate for individuals of various heights. Early in the project, we brainstormed an adjustable frame design that would allow the frame to move up and down using pneumatic cylinders or pulleys. However, due to the cost constraint, we decided against this addition. Future teams could determine a more cost-effective way to adjust the height, or minimally to determine the optimal height that would allow the greatest percentage of the population to operate the composter safely. Future work can also be done in the RIT shed and implementing Black Soldier Fly breeding lights so new larvae don’t need to be continuously purchased. Lastly, once the optimal dimensions and subsystems are determined, opportunities could be explored to reduce the manufacturing and material cost. The physiology of BSFL can be furthered research to better understand the larvae migration and increases larvae collection to 100%. Visit the Entomological Society of America for future research.
Recommendations for Future MSD Teams
- The team compiled a list of advice for future MSD teams.
- The document can be found here.
Meeting MinutesMeeting 4/30/202 @ 9:00 am (end 10:00) via Skype
- Parts can be used again
- The risks are evened out
- T bars attach by screws
- Hopper attaches to the frame by a hand drill
- Larvae ramps can be attached by glue or bolts
Meeting 4/24/2020 @ 12:30 pm (end 3:00) via Skype
- Design vs. performance: Submitted
- Materials and inventory location spreadsheet:Completed
- EDGE Page: Completed
- Project checklist: Completed & sent to Mark
- Recommendations for Mark’s future MSD teams: Completed & posted on EDGE
- Final considerations: Completed in customer hand-off PPT
- Customer handoff PPT: Completed
- Agenda: Completed
- Peer review & time spent report: Complete by Monday
- Final approval: Still waiting for a response from customer
Meeting 4/23/2020 @ 10:00 am (end 10:30) via Skype
- Poster, Paper, Video: Everything currently on our EDGE page is good
- Action items left: Recommendations for the next iteration, recommendations for Mark, time spent reports, peer reviews, end of semester checklist & post-meeting minutes
Meeting 4/21/2020 @ 9:30 am (end 10:00) via Skype
- Powerpoint: Needs to be completed
- High-level test plans: Need completion
Meeting 4/16/2020 @ 10:00 am (end 10:30) via Skype
- Test plans: fill out test results that are known
- Assembly Manufacturing plans: approved by Mark
- Technical paper: Handed into Mycourses, but needed to be updated onto the edge page
- Video: Needs to be completed
- Final Review: April 30th, and the gate review will occur right after
- Peer review & time spent report: Due April 31st & there is no three-week plans
- Recommendations for the next iteration: Should be posted on EDGE
- Recommendations for future students: Not graded, should have fun with this!
Meeting 4/11/2020 @ 2:00 pm (end 8:00 pm) via Skype
- Goal: Work to complete the assemble & test plans, as well as start the poster and technical review paper
- The first draft of the technical paper: completed & submitted
Meeting 4/09/2020 @ 10:00 am (end 10:20) via Skype
- Testing & Assembly Plans: As we finish assignments they should go onto the edge page for review. The goal is to have the assignments posted to edge by Thursday night
- Report: Hard 8-page limit, which includes work-cited, figures and summary information
- Last Review: One more review with the customer is required. Goal to have it before when Imagine RIT should be
- Recommendations: Should be about one paragraph describing what parts should be improved, and what parts we are confident about and do again.
Meeting 4/07/2020 @ 10:00 am (end 10:25) via Skype
- Assembly/Manufacturing plans: Not started, the goal is to have it complete by Tuesday 04/14.
- Test Plans: Started but needs to be completed, the goal is to have it completed by Tuesday 04/14.
- Technical Paper & Popster: Started and can be worked on as a group after the plans are complete.
- Video and recommendations: Last on the schedule to be completed. More important to finish the other action items first to send to Sarah for review
Meeting 4/02/2020 @ 9:00 am (end 9:45) via Skype
- Design Recap: The design will not be modified
- Materials: Located in a shipping box on the table located in the lab
- Frame: Completed and located in the lab
- Hopper: Materials are located in the lab. The program for CNC software in construction started. The material was not cut
- Frass removal: None of the parts were cut/machined
Larva removal system: Not completed
- Assembly plans: Plans were started. Along with written plans dimensions need to be added onto a drawing and each part number accordingly.
- Test Plans: Add expected results to current test plans.
I.e. measurement dimensions are certain. Amount of food larva consume is not certain
- Revised Schedule: Goal is to complete by the date RIT would have been
The project could be handed off to ESW unless there is a new design opportunity, then it can go through another iteration of MSD New PRP could include BSF breeding area ontop Send the customer drafts for review
Plans for Wrap-up
- Project handoff and final review with customer and guide
- Project closeout meeting with guide
- Recommendations/Tips for future MSD teams
- Add meeting minutes
- Prototype raw materials need to be collected (and
hopefully used) when COVID19 self-quarantine guidelines
- Complete inventory log for MSD
- Final meeting minutes, peer reviews, time-spent logs
- End of semester checklist