RobotEx 2011

Engineering Design Process

1. Identify the problem or design objective.
2. Define the goals and identify the constraints.
3. Research and gather information.
4. Create potential design solutions.
5. Analyze the viability of each solution.
6. Choose the most appropriate solution.
7. Build or implement the design.
8. Test and evaluate the design.
9. Repeat all steps as necessary.


The concept of improvement in the workplace began in the United States during World War II. It began as a program known as Training Within Industry Service, or TWI. It was based off Charles Allen's four-point method. The four steps were Job Instruction, Job Methods, Job Relations, and Program Development. After the war, this was brought over to Japan. The process was refined, by Toyota in particular, and became what is known today as kaizen, meaning "continual improvement."

Adopted in 2008, RobotEx has used the concept of kaizen to improve time management. It has been kept a part of the program as a standing philosophy of improvement. With this process, RobotEx will be able to meet the needs of future enterprises.