The goal of the project is to completely redesign the power coupling system within our seats by replacing traditional bundled wires with a combination of quick snap power couplings and embedded systems. The students will provide the overall system design, a stepwise implementation plan, and a working prototype. The scope of the project is large enough that students will not be able to design and produce embedded systems for all components. We envision some sort of modular snap together “building blocks” with embedded electrical traces designed specifically to ease assembly and reduce connection failures in the field. Moving to embedded components would also allow the incorporation of switches and other components yielding more flexibility in design. The components may be a combination of in-house designed and COTS (commercial off the shelf) items. If this can be accomplished in an efficient manner then quality, the overall system cost and timing to produce seats and vehicles can be reduced. This project is supported by engineers in Plymouth, Michigan.
More Information: 2017-JohnsonControls
Students who successfully match to this project team will be required to sign the following two documents in January 2017: