Design Revisions -(Group 10)
Revision as of 20:33, 15 November 2012 by MAE 277 2012 - Group 10
Battery/ Headlight System:
- The snow-blower, as it is now, is a very mechanical device with almost no electronics aside from the starter motor. The sun goes down early in winter then the rest of the year and so many people find themselves using their snow-blower in the dark or in limited light. The revision proposal to alleviate this issue would be to add a battery and headlight system to the front side of the snow-blower. The battery and light could be easily mounted in multiple locations and would allow the operator to easily navigate his or her area of need. This would also make it safer for the operator since he/she may not hear or see an approaching vehicle or pedestrian but a headlight would increase the snow-blower’s visibility and perhaps protect people from accidental injury. Injury or damage of property would cost the operator money or worse, for something that could have possibly been avoided with the addition of a headlight/ battery system.
Linear Drive Housing Box
- One idea for a design revision was thought of while we were attempting to dissasemble the linear drive housing box. This turned out to be one of the most difficult parts to dissassemble because we couldn’t remove the main axle that connected to the wheels. The way that this axle was built in was so that the actual casing would have to be destroyed in order to remove the axle. We thought of a design revision that would fix this problem and make any potential need to access the components encased in the linear drive housing box much easier. Instead of having a one piece housing box, we would like to split it up into three seperable parts that would be bolted together. Currently the housing walls are welded together, but we estimate that around 15 bolts would be sufficient to replace the welding and keep the housing walls secured together. By making this revision, we would be making any maintenance necessary by the consumer much easier and potentiall less costly, thus falling under the category of a societal factor.