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Design and Manufacturability of Medical Ventilators from the Perspective of a Global Automotive Footprint

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2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access


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July 26, 2021

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July 26, 2021

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July 19, 2022

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Systems Engineering Division Technical Session 1

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H. Bryan Riley Clemson University

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H. Bryan Riley Ph.D., joined Clemson University in July 2019 and currently teaches controls and manufacturing processes courses. He has taught courses in signal processing, electrical communication systems, EE capstone design, electric machines, adaptive signal processing, and hybrid and electric vehicles. Riley, who spent his early career in the automotive industry, has managed multi-disciplined and global engineering teams responsible for introducing advanced electronic features on production passenger vehicles such as enhancements to vehicle stability control (VSC), adaptive cruise control (ACC), and other active safety features. He holds four patents and launched Provectus Technical Solutions, LLC, an engineering services company. Dr. Riley has implemented a Vehicle Modeling and Simulation Laboratory (VMSL) and current research interests include autonomous vehicles, sensor fusion, and smart manufacturing

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During the past year, the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic caused disruptions in business, engineering, manufacturing, and numerous other modern-day economies. The Manufacturing Institute estimates approximately 2.4 million jobs in the global manufacturing industry will remain unfilled by 2028 if urgent actions are not taken in the halls of academia to educate greater numbers of manufacturing engineers. To this end, we have developed and implemented a split-level (i.e., undergraduate/graduate) course during the fall 2020 semester in the mechanical engineering department. The course is titled Global Manufacturing and is hinged on formal paradigms that comprise various types of manufacturing systems. The course is centered on realistic contractual conditions and project deliverables (i.e., medical ventilators) to a medical supplier, whereas the team is assumed to emulate a global automotive manufacturer. The projects are organized into student teams for realistic implementation and to meet societal needs. The course underpins students with exposure to concepts of acquiring intellectual property, from the design of an embedded system including the human-machine interface (HMI), to testing and validation. An in-depth study of assembly lines, lean manufacturing, determination of production capacity, sequential operations, and economic calculations are presented. Students are presented with urgent societal needs and learn to address design requirements and imperatives in a timely and cost-effective manner. This paper reports the experiences of students making engineering, business, manufacturing, and supplier-related decisions to deliver the medical ventilators for patient use. The assessment consists of sequential activities that are commonly utilized in innovation, production, and launch processes for a new consumer product. The course instructor formulates student teams such that individual skills, interests, and competencies are balanced. The educational objectives from prerequisite and co-requisite manufacturing courses are utilized.

Riley, H. B. (2021, July), Design and Manufacturability of Medical Ventilators from the Perspective of a Global Automotive Footprint Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. 10.18260/1-2--36912

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