Senior Design 2020 – Management and Engineering for Manufacturing Team 4
Management and Engineering for Manufacturing Team 4
Andre DeStefano Silvanna Moran-Vargas Matthew Ruyffaelaert Kiley Stotler
Craig Calvert, Frank J. Cunha
Distributed Hydroponic Farming
LEVO International was founded in 2015 by Christian Heiden. The company is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to address the issues of food insecurity in developing countries and food responsibility in the United States.
In 2017, a LEVO International team set up eight initial hydroponic farming systems in Haiti. The systems were extremely successful, and the company is looking to scale up their operation. LEVO hopes to reach full production capacity of about 10,000 units a month by early 2022.
Our project is to create an actionable Manufacturing Plan for the Hydroponic system, Babylon 1.3, that includes an assembly layout and a flow chart to fit the demand of 1000 units per month. We accomplished this by way of investigating the current process, thus, creating a baseline that can be referenced and continuously used as their company evolves.
Included in the Manufacturing Plan is a business case that explores the feasibility of the increase in scale at LEVO International.
Our secondary objective was to create a standardized work procedure for the manufacturing of the hydroponic gardens. We optimized the process and created a visual representation that can be easily understood in order to help expedite the training of new volunteers and employees.