Group 2 - Honda Generator 2

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Executive Summary

To the Grader:

Group 2 has successfully completed the project along with its respective gates in its entirety. We enjoyed this project and learned more than we thought we would have. Below are some key findings and processes.
I. Complexity – When we were first told that we would have to disassemble and reassemble a generator for our project, we were scared. The fact that our product was so much more complex than other distributed products had us worried so much as to a point where we felt cheated. We thought that it was unfair that our product was so harder than everyone else’s. However as we progressed through the gates we learned more and more about our product and found that we learned so much in a short period of time. Looking back, we are glad that we got the generator as a product because not only did we learn more about the product itself, but we also learned more about four-stroke engines in general. We are proud of our work and are proud of all of the knowledge we have acquired.
II. Disassembly and Reassembly – When going through these processes we found that the reassembly was surprisingly easier than we thought. This could be because of the fact that we were blind when trying to disassemble the generator. When disassembling the generator we took so many pictures to help aid in the reassembly process later on. However, when we went to reassemble the generator we did not use a single photo to help us reassemble it. We all learned exactly how the generator worked and how each of its components worked after we disassemble it. We all knew exactly how each part worked because of the documentation steps. As we look back, the documentation of the disassembly was probably the most beneficial aspect of this project because it forced us to know our product inside and out. After realizing this and reassembling our product, we now appreciate the layout of each gate and how it forced us to learn.
III. Cooperation – While working through all the gates our group members started to work together better and better. After each of us fell into our respective roles we were able to work efficiently and successfully together. Each group member contributed so much in order to ensure the completion of our project and we are all very proud of each other. We were able to experience what real world engineers do: work collectively to finish a job. By keeping a professional yet friendly atmosphere, we felt like engineers in the professional field working for a company. We realized the importance of a good team and the difference that it makes.

Product Overview

The 7000 Watt Honeywell generator, powered by Honda, was designed to give the consumer a portable, gas powered form of power that can be used on many different tools and appliances. This product was provided to the public to use in areas or situations where power is not available, whether it be away from home or during a power outage. The generator is easy to use and comes with an easy start-up guide.

Team Overview

Given the task of analyzing a Honda Generator, our team divided the work evenly and each member was given a specific role:

  • Eric Wettlaufer: Chief Dissector and Parts Technician
  • Nick Marucci: Work Manager and Assistant Dissector/Reassembler
  • Mary Kate Baker: Head Documenter and Website Developer
  • Joseph Robison: Chief Editor and Technical Writer and Assistant Dissector/Re-assembler
  • John Vinti: Project Manager

Project Gates

Gate 1: Request For Proposal

The link below navigates to the Gate 1: Request For Proposal page which includes:

Work Proposal
Management Proposal
Initial Assessment

Request for Proposal

Gate 2: Product Dissection

The link below navigates to the Gate 2: Product Dissection page which includes:

Preliminary Project Review
Product Dissection

Product Dissection

Gate 3: Product Analysis

The link below navigates to the Gate 3: Product Analysis page which includes:

Coordination Review
Product Evaluation

Product Analysis

Gate 4: Product Explanation

The link below navigates to the Gate 4: Product Explanation page which includes:

Critical Project Review
Product Explanation

Product Explanation

Gate 5: Documentation and Delivery

The link below navigates to the Gate 5: Documentation and Delivery page which includes:


Documentation and Delivery