Talk:Group 25 - Pressure Washer

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Work Proposal

The purpose of the work proposal:

  • To monitor progress
  • To hold to all group members accountable
  • Provides an overview of the plan to reverse engineer our product

Approach For Disassembly
Tool List:

  • SAE and metric socket kit
  • SAE and metric open-end wrenches
  • Large SAE and metric allen wrenches
  • Vice-grips
  • Phillips head screwdrivers (#1,#2)
  • Flat head screwdrivers (#1,#2)
  • Shop Towels (for oil and grease)

As a result of most team members being proficient with small engines; the disassembly of our pressure washer, in particular the pump, will take approximately three hours. This time estimate is based on past experience working on engines and considers unexpected set-backs that may occur. Unforeseen problems could be as simple as a melted gasket that will not allow two parts to be separated or something more serious, such as the need for a special tool. Although we do not expect or want any delays we are prepared to deal with them swiftly and continue to work until the challenge is surmounted.

“Have’s” and “Have-not’s” of the Group Members:

Richard Seider

  • Mechanically inclined
  • Past experience working on engines
  • Good technical writer
  • Good leadership skills


  • Procrastinator

Kevin Walczyk

  • Critical thinking
  • Ambitious
  • Broad wealth of technical knowledge
  • Great management skills
  • Logic
  • Writing
  • Past Cad experience


  • Patience
  • Spelling

Alex Borsuk

  • Mechanical knowledge
  • Academics
  • Work ethic
  • Writing
  • Computer skills


  • Time Management

Scott Literman

  • CAD
  • Time Management


  • Not Proficient with Wikis
  • Engine work

Joe Keating

  • Leadership
  • Verbal Communication
  • Experience with solid works
  • Member of SAE


  • Procrastinator

Management Proposal

The MAE 277 reverse engineering project consists of several gates at which given tasks must be completed. Outlined below are detailed descriptions of how we will complete each task to the best of our abilities, in a timely manner:

Gate 1: Request for proposal(Delivery 10/7/09)

  • Work Proposal-

Gives specific details to follow in order to complete assignments on time. This will include a gant chart and methods to which the deadlines for delivery are met successfully.

  • Management Proposal-

Outlines plan of action towards successful project completion. Ensures clear and concise responsibilities. Gives a fundamental direction the team can follow.

  • Initial Product Assessment-

Given with the intention of familiarizing the group with the product. The group is to observe the product and thoroughly analyze it without beginning dissection. This includes what the product is for and what tools we will need to dissemble the item. This section will answer questions and will be posted on the wiki site.

Gate 2: Preliminary Project Review(Delivery 10/30/09)

  • Causes for Corrective Action-

At this point the group should have an idea of how effectively we are working together and how well the management and work proposals have been. If they have worked well describe why and potential speed bumps concerning future gates. If they have failed describe why and what can be done to correct this problem or problems. If requirements have not been met devise a plan to address the incomplete requirements. The group will have to overcome more difficult challenges than expected. Tell what these were and how the group overcame things.

  • Product Dissection Plan-

Describes the exact process used for the product dissection with extreme attention to detail. Describe any challenges overcame, and the exact tools and how they were used. This plan will be published to the wiki in a professional manner including pictures and video.

Gate 3: Coordination Review (Delivery 11/30/09)

  • Component Summary-

List of all the products components along with a picture of each component. The list will include the component, number of times it is applied to the product, its material, function and manufacturing process. Also include any pertinent information.

  • Design Revisions-

Propose three design improvements on the component level. These improvements should reduce cost, maintenance or weight and or improve the function, ergonomics or reliability. We want to keep in mind targeting the consumer. This should also be posted on the wiki.

  • Solid Modeled Assembly-

Model 3-5 components of system. Use the software of choice and provide an explanation of the assembly and software picked. This should also be posted to wiki.

Gate 4: Critical Project Review(Delivery 12/7/09)

  • Product Reassembly Plan-

Recipe for product assembly. Be extremely specific with step by step directions for reassembly with pictures where needed. Outline the specific difficulties encountered during reassembly. Will the product work the same? What are the differences from disassembly? Include any last recommendations for product improvement. Post this to the wiki.

Gate 5: Delivery (12/14/09 by 4:00 pm)

  • Wiki Page-

This will include all pertinent assignments posted on the site as well as an executive summary. The site should be created as a technical document. The content will include sections with subsections and links to cross reference information on the web. The pictures video and animation should be seamlessly incorporated. This page should define the entire project in a professional comprehensible manner.

  • Compliance Matrix-

Summary of the project requirements. This will give an overview and explanation of all completed work along with conditionally completed work with an explanation of why the progress is where it is. Also specify why any work was not completed and how it would be done if the project was undertaken a second time. A hard physical copy of this should be turned in for the delivery.

  • Oral Presentation-

A six minute presentation of the product and it’s design. This presentation should be focused on the most interesting parts of the project and incorporate the information for the wiki. The discussion must include our design recommendations driven by our own ideas and understanding.

Labor Management

It is critical that the work is distributed amongst members to the best of the group’s ability. The plan for work will be covered in greater depth by the work proposal.
Each member will be given work that is in accordance with their own personal strengths.
Member Roles:

Kevin Walczyk-Project Manager, Point of Contact

  • Understands requirements and deadlines.
  • Responsible for work distribution and making sure each member produces what is expected of them.
  • Main point of contact with the team and professor.
  • Management proposal.
  • Determines best times to meet accounting for each member’s schedule.

Alex Borsuk- Lead Wiki Developer

  • Edits Wiki page.
  • Great computer skills, has good understanding of website creation.
  • Receives completed sections of work and posts them in a clear, organized professional manner on the wiki site.
  • Photographer.

Joe Keating- Technical Expert

  • Initial Product assessment
  • Product dissection
  • Solid modeling work

Scott Literman- Technical Expert

  • Initial Product assessment
  • Product dissection
  • Product improvements

Richard Seider- Work distribution efficiency expert

  • Work Proposal
  • photographer
  • Product dissection

Note anything not mentioned is considered a group responsibility!

Group meetings

  • Will be held where ever necessary
  • At a time that is most convenient for everyone however if a deadline of a certain section is rapidly approaching meetings will be held for whoever can make them and work must be done whether everyone is there or not.
  • Members who do not make the meetings or complete their fair share of work will compensate for it on the next section of the project.
  • The most opportune times for group meetings appear to be after MAE277 on Mondays and Wednesdays or after MAE204 on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Project Schedule