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Thesis topic. Water bottle VS operational Management

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  1. Sep 28, 2012 #1
    Thesis topic. Water bottle VS operational Management!!

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    Hi all

    I am studying for my Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering. Its finally 4th year and it’s time to write a thesis.

    So decided to go with the safe option and talk to my “engineering management lecturer”, as I have always got high marks in her modules every year. She gave me the option of doing a thesis of operations management if I have links to an organisation to do it in. I have contacts in both the cities children hospital and a bank in my city.

    This would involve investigating, one of the following

    -inventory planning
    -supply chain planning/controlling
    -asset management
    -lean synchronization

    These options do sound interesting but is that really what a mechanical engineering thesis should be???

    Now I am thinking I should go down a more (well in my mind anyway) traditional route.

    I presume you are all awake of the new water bottles with a build in filter…

    http://http://www.google.ie/imgres?um=1&hl=en&safe=off&sa=N&biw=1028&bih=771&tbm=isch&tbnid=NX4QGpSTp4gXfM:&imgrefurl=http://www.luxist.com/2010/02/17/will-the-water-bobble-turn-us-into-tap-water-drinkers/&docid=LORpl1uaZEx7pM&imgurl=http://www.blogcdn.com/www.luxist.com/media/2010/02/bobblewaterbottle.jpg&w=580&h=321&ei=U8xlULypKJSIhQea_oHQBQ&zoom=1&iact=rc&dur=551&sig=113837570583228788447&page=1&tbnh=99&tbnw=178&start=0&ndsp=20&ved=1t:429,r:13,s:0,i:175&tx=82&ty=49 [Broken]

    This sparked an idea for a thesis concept.

    A WATER BOTTLE WITH A BUILD IN COOLER SYSTEM

    Right now there are only water bottles with a cooler such as below

    http://http://www.google.ie/imgres?um=1&hl=en&safe=off&sa=N&biw=1028&bih=771&tbm=isch&tbnid=Epz8VF98_kFO9M:&imgrefurl=http://www.corporateessentials.com.au/Corporate-Promotional-Product/Water-Bottle-Cooler-ACE6867.aspx&docid=ZWIlvLnTnWplZM&imgurl=http://www.corporateessentials.com.au/shopper/img/WBH103_04.gif&w=300&h=400&ei=lcxlUOLFDZKDhQfEvoH4Dw&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=487&vpy=259&dur=816&hovh=259&hovw=194&tx=93&ty=124&sig=113837570583228788447&page=1&tbnh=132&tbnw=96&start=0&ndsp=27&ved=1t:429,r:9,s:0,i:96 [Broken]

    While they may work, they do not really have the “cool” aspect that the first bottle does.

    I could only find one sample of my idea online

    http://http://www.google.ie/imgres?start=177&um=1&hl=en&safe=off&sa=N&biw=1028&bih=771&tbm=isch&tbnid=iPaD43WDcJ0PCM:&imgrefurl=http://wellin-elec.en.alibaba.com/product/226478899-200581963/cooler_bottle_ZWB046.html&docid=r4VL3wy54scLJM&imgurl=http://i01.i.aliimg.com/img/pb/461/860/266/1284346376861_hz-myalibaba-web6_6249.jpg&w=529&h=520&ei=v8xlUNzZIM-5hAfEu4DoDA&zoom=1&iact=rc&dur=279&sig=113837570583228788447&page=7&tbnh=136&tbnw=138&ndsp=26&ved=1t:429,r:14,s:177,i:50&tx=58&ty=52 [Broken]

    They are available in large orders from china, yet I have never seen one in a shop.

    The above picture would be altered a lot when designing but would allow me to cover various topics in which I have lectures

    -design
    -materials
    -heat transfer
    -drawing up a solid model in solidworks
    -do market research to see if people would but item

    Any advice would be great!

    Thanks in advance 
     

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