Challenge ONE

How might Visteon's North Penn facility develop a method that would ensure the separation of cardboard and plastic waste?

 

            Background:  Visteon North Penn Electronics Facility manufactures motor vehicle electronics.  In the processes involved, parts are removed from both cardboard and plastic containers.  Ideally if all cardboard and plastic are kept separate, they can be individually recycled.  If they are accidentally mixed up, Visteon must pay to get rid of the waste and it goes into a landfill.  There are containers in the production areas designated as "Cardboard Only". "Plastic Only", yet things do get thrown together accidentally.  The bins need to be large enough to collect scrap for an entire day.  When it does get mixed up, it is cost prohibitive time wise to have someone sort it out.

 

            Possible Areas of Research:

1.     New technology that might aid in the separation of these waste items if they are already mixed up

2.     More stringent collection/separation program

3.     Incentive based programs

 

Visteon’s Expectations

Business Case Considerations – A complete summary that includes data to support your recommendations is desirable.

 

Judging:  Submissions will be judged on the basis of:   

1.        Originality- Is the idea something not already being tried?

2.        Cost- How much will it cost to implement the idea? Is it cost effective?

3.         Viability- Is it realistic to implement the idea?

4.         Problem addressed- Did the proposed idea address the problem?                

 

 

 

Challenge TWO

How might Visteon eliminate copper that is found in the wastewater leaving the plant?

 

Background:  Water is tested coming into and leaving our facilities.  Testing has detected higher levels of copper in the wastewater leaving the plant than there is in the water coming into the plant.  The origin of the copper is believed to be from steady erosion of the inside of hundreds of feet of copper pipe that carry the water.  Consider this is likely an issue in many large facilities using copper pipe.  Normal levels are less than 1 part per million (ppm).  Actual measured levels average 1.67 ppm.  The facility uses between 25,000-40,000 gallons of water per day.

 

            Possible areas of research:

1.     Avoidance- Determine ways that the pipes might be treated to keep the erosion from continuing.

2.     Technology- Is there a way to remove copper from water through some newer technology?

 

Visteon’s Expectations

  A complete summary that includes data to support your recommendations is desirable 

 

Judging:  Submissions will be judged on the basis of:

1.         Originality- Is the idea something not already being tried?

2.        Cost- How much will it cost to implement the idea? Is it cost effective?

3.         Viability- Is it realistic to implement the idea?

4.         Problem addressed- Did the proposed idea address the problem?

 

 

 

 Challenge THREE

How might Visteon’s North Penn facility utilize the large footprint of the building and grounds to come up with cleaner and less costly forms of electric generation?

 

            Background:  Visteon North Penn Electronics Facility is a 700,000 sq ft facility with a large flat roof.  It also resides on16 acres.  Visteon purchases an average of 45,000 MkWh of electricity per month and owns diesel generators that can be used as backup if there is an interruption of electrical service.

 

  

 

Possible areas of research:  Determine cost and feasibility of replacing conventional power either entirely, or in part, with a cost effective, renewable energy source.

1.     Solar energy

2.     Wind energy

3.     ??

 

 Judging:  Submissions will be judged on the basis of:

1.                     Originality- Is the idea something not already being tried?

2.                     Cost- How much will it cost to implement the idea? Is it cost effective?

3.                     Viability- Is it realistic to implement the idea?

4.                     Problem addressed- Did the proposed idea address the problem?

 

 

 

Visteon Challenge Schedule and Procedures:

Step #1: Registration Forms Submittal (also complete written proposal submittal instructions, below) be sure to view the rules, registration and forms. You must submit completed registration forms and contract forms for a Visteon Challenge via US postal mail to:

Let's Get Real
624 Waltonville Road,
Hummelstown, PA 17036

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January 26, 2007

 

Step #2: Written Proposal Submittal (also complete registration forms submittal instructions, above) You must submit your written proposal for a Visteon Challenge in acceptable electronic format* via e-mail to:

 

ryoder@visteon.com

 
AND a Copy to:

 

LGR@epix.net


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January 26, 2007

 

*Acceptable electronic formats for your written proposal are: Microsoft Word (.doc), Microsoft Excel (.xls), Microsoft PowerPoint (.ppt), or simple text file (.txt). If separate graphics or scanned images are included, they should be in gif, jpg, or jpeg format.

 

Step #3: Oral Finals Notification — If your solution is selected as a finalist, your team coordinator will be notified by

 February 23, 2007

that your team has been chosen to present your solution at the oral finals. The finals will be held on Thursday,

April 5, 2007

at Visteon’s North Penn facility, 2750 Morris Rd, Worcester, PA.

 

NOTE: Only finalist student team members and their adult team coordinator are invited to attend the oral presentation finals at the North Penn Electronics Facility. NPEF is not prepared to host student family members or additional school faculty at this facility.