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Kingston Hot Press: Process Improvements

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=Problem Definition and Scope=
The WFL team has identified several key areas of design development that they would like to pursue <ref> About. Retrieved 04/15, 2010, from</ref>:
*Dimensions - The current Kingston Hot Press can produce a 24"x24"x1/4" sheet. A wider gap in the press could allow more width and perhaps allow for 3D molds. The size constraints could be circumvented if pieces could be produced in modules and then connected post-production.
*Heating Sources - Currently the plate heaters require electricity. CEP has expressed interest in a gas powered system.
There are several key stakeholders that I have identified for this project. Here at Queen's I am working to assist Dr. Matovic with design improvements based on the Hot Press prototype in Kingston. More broadly, I hope my work can contribute to the Waste For Life team. Finally the end-user of the hot press is the cartoneros, the workers who partake in the informal economy of waste in Argentina<ref>http://wwwRobinson, K.theargentimes(2006, December 22, 2006).com/socialissues/urbanlife/cartoneros-recycling-Cartoneros: Recycling the-city-/. The Argentimes</ref><ref>Needs and feasibility: A guide for engineers in community projects - the case of waste for life. Retrieved 04/11, 2010, from</ref>.
===Pictographic Instruction===
After a brief review of the fascinating area of visual communication and instruction <ref> Design, development and evaluation of pictographic instructions for medications used during humanitarian missions. (2007). Retrieved 04/10, 2010, from</ref><ref>Logan, R.S. (1982) Instructional Systems Development:An International View of Theory and Practice. Academic Press, New York.</ref> I hope to produce a simple pictorial instruction for using the Kingston Hot Press. Pictures are not ideal for printing and distributing and therefore further work could also be done to produce a schematic visual instruction set that would be sufficient to overcome language barriers. I find this area very interesting and would love to hear from knowledgeable readers who could direct me to further resources.
=Final Analysis=


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