As group 13, we have been assigned to reverse engineer a kerosene heater. From initial inspections of the heater, these are our groups plans for the disassembly of the heater including what tools we may need, possible challenges and each of our responsibilities throughout the project
Member Strengths and Weaknesses
strengths: Communicating effectively, experience with auto CAD,capable of using all the tools we need for disassembly, making sure things get done, organization
weaknesses: grammar and spelling, no experience with kerosene heater or compressors
strengths: experience with tools, has worked with a wiki, good at working in a team setting
weaknesses: not experienced in Inventor
strengths: logical thinker and problem solver
weaknesses: forgetful and not a hard worker
strengths: experience with auto CAD, Inventor, Pro-E, and SolidWorks, good experience with tools, works well as part of a team
weaknesses: poor spelling, no wiki experience
strengths: good team player, good communication skills, leadership skills
weaknesses: procrastinates, slightly strong headed
Group 13 will be meeting every week on Thursday at 3:30 near Norton 112. This meeting time allows us to use the dissection lab because it is open. At this meeting time we will look at what work must be done in the upcoming week and how we plan to get it done. At this meeting, we can also designate other times that we can meet to get work done or meet in the lab.
Time & Challenges
For disassembly, we believe we will need 1.5 weeks, some of the parts will be simple to remove such as the outer shell but for more complex parts like the compressor and electrical components, it will most likely take several days while we disassemble and record data on how it went together. When disassembling, there may be wiring that tethers parts together, this will be an extra step that must be taken care of. Another challenge that we have to take care of before testing the product is removing the quick dry from the fuel tank. The group that used the heater before us used quick dry to absorb the remaining fuel in the tank.
Causes for Corrective Action
When reviewing our actions and progress up until this point in the project, it is clear that our team works very well together but there is still much room for improvement. Our team is currently on schedule with the Gantt chart (fig 1.) proposed in our work proposal; this is primarily due to our team’s ability to work quickly and efficiently during lab hours. During lab hours each member of the team is assigned a task, while working on these tasks we have discussions where each member’s opinion is heard and ideas are bounced off of each other. This leads to us having the best methods to solve any problems or complete any tasks we are facing. In our initial disassembly process we wrote notes on what challenges we could potentially face in disassembly. These predictions were for the most part very accurate which lead to the disassembly process going smoother. One unexpected challenge was the difficulty in disassembling the compressor, removing the compressor fan blade and cover plate was more difficult than expected. Our management proposal has worked quite well. Each member of the team is fulfilling their roles successfully. We are all using our strengths to help other team members who may have weaknesses in that same area, this helps our disassembly and wiki development proceed in an efficient manner. The largest problem our group is facing is coordination of our meetings we plan to change our meeting time from Thursday at 3:30 to Tuesday at 3:30 and communicate with each other earlier than a day before the meeting. This way any unexpected situations can be taken into account.