Product Prototype for Post-COVID-19 Industry

The purpose of this team is to develop product prototypes, in the guidance of industry experts, that may have practical values for deployment.

Advisors:

Goal:

COVID-19 has dramatically changed the landscape of all industries. Many new technologies are needed to solve new problems in enforcing social distancing, tracking products in supply chains, remote medicine, telepresence, virtual laboratories, to name a few.

The purpose of this team is to develop product prototypes, in the guidance of industry experts, that may have practical values for deployment.

Description:

Many manufacturers are always struggling with the answer to the question, “Where’s my stuff”  Manufacturers have all kinds of stuff, raw materials, WIP (work in process), and finished goods/inventory.  Large manufacturing companies like Caterpillar, SIA, and GE are huge companies with huge budgets, employment, and resources readily available to them to help them to solve this problem.  However small and medium sized enterprises are much more limited with budgets, and staffing to help solve this problem in their operations. 

This semester project for “Where’s my stuff” will investigate 2, possibly 3 local companies with different “Where’s my stuff” problems.  The class will be charged to investigate their specific needs and determine where are the common issues between these manufacturers and where are the differences.  After determining those “Common Issues”, the class will investigate various existing technical and  commercially available products on the market as possible solutions.  Likely through this investigation, the class will determine that usually a single product will not have the total solution for these manufacturers, this usually is the case as a camera company is going to sell camera, and an RFID company will sell RFID products, etc.  However, the use of a combination of different products and/or different technology linked together might offer an effective solution.  The goal is to seek out and possibly create a “basic” solution set for these “Common Issues” and then look at the individual 2 or 3 companies’ specific problems and customizing a total solution for each of them by accessorizing the “basic” solution set.

This is the second of 3 projects addressing where is my stuff.

The Intellectual Property will belong to the students, but the company will have complete access to the model for no cost.

Are you up to the challenge!  Boiler Up!  

Qualifications/Requirements:

The members are expected to have finished one semester of engineering courses.

Meeting Times:

  • Summer 2020: Tuesday and Friday, 11:00 - 11:50 am EST (online)
  • Fall 2020: TBD (hybrid - online with in-person end-of-semester presentation)