This project consisted of disassembling and reassembling the Ryobi Router. The router is a power tool that is designed to make cuts into wood or laminate bases. It is a cordless unit that runs on a 18 volt battery source (not supplied) and ultimately turns electrical energy into mechanical energy. The router was broken down into four major components: the clip-on cover, the plastic housing, the translucent base and finally the motor. Once we determined what the main components were, we then began the disassembly process, looking at each major component one at a time. From there, the major components were broken down into individual parts and were documented accordingly. Once fully disassembled, our group began to think about why the router was constructed the way it was. One of the main questions asked was "how do all of the components and individual parts work together to ensure that the product operates and stays together?" After thorough documentation of the disassembly, we reversed the process to reassemble the router. Since good notes were taken, this went quite smoothly. Once back together, we documented changes that we thought could be made and why. All in all, this project allowed us to see how and why the Ryobi router operates the way it does.
As mentioned before in the executive summary, our group disassembled the Ryobi router. It was a small portable device used for making cuts into wood or laminate surfaces. It operates on an 18 volt battery that is not supplied. It will not run on AC power as there was no power cord option with this unit. The motor generates 26,000 rpm when operating which allows for maximum power and less of a chance for the motor to get bogged down when cutting. Right from the beginning, we could tell that the unit was made primarily of plastic, although we were not sure what type until we disassembled the router. As far as the Group 11 members, John Kostadinov was the group leader and helped to assign parts and kept a watch over the entire project. Tom Consolazio contributed to some of the research and created the final presentation in which he also presented. George Stamatros helped to take photos of the unit before, during and after the assembly and helped in the disassembly and reassembly of the router. Mike Bednarz worked on the disassembly and reassembly of the router. He also documented steps needed to disassemble and reassemble the router. And finally Anthony Hussak also worked on the disassembly and reassembly of the router and helped to document components, materials used and steps for all of the process. He also aided in creating an outline presentation for Tom which covered basic facts needed for the presentation.
Before the disassembly of the router, we guessed that it was made up of 10 to 15 components and had 5 to 6 different types of materials. We knew that it took an 18 volt battery for operation but we were unable to test the router to see if it worked since there was no battery. Overall, there was not much that could be done before the disassembly since this was a relatively small device that was not very complex in nature. Once assumptions were made, we took pictures of how it looked and then began a methodical approach to disassembly.
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