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What's the PneuDrive Challenge About?


The aim of the PneuDrive Challenge, a competition which was set up in 2008, is to give the best mechanical, electronic and mechatronic engineering students a chance to use their talent to bring together engineering theory, the latest technology in drive engineering, pneumatics and business reality.

The sponsors of the competition, SEW-EURODRIVE, recognise the importance of sustainable and effective Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives, and use this platform to partner with higher education institutions to help address the enormous pressures that they are under to prepare skilled engineering students for the labour market.

What's Up For Grabs?

The prize is an all expenses paid trip for four students and their lecturer to the Head Offices of SEW-EURODRIVE in Germany.

The "winning university" also has an opportunity to order R 50,000 worth of SEW-EURODRIVE equipment.

Universities who submit final entries qualify for R 20,000 worth of free SEW-EURODRIVE equipment for their universities.

Competition Deadline: Thursday 08 October 2015 - 17:00

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Training Sponsor - SEW-EURODRIVE Drive Academy


SEW-EURODRIVE runs a nationwide geared motor and drive technology training programme known as Drive Academy®. Based on the same in-depth technical training syllabus used to educate SEW-EURODRIVE’s own engineers, Drive Academy® provides end users and system integrators with a comprehensive set of skills required to get the most out of applications.

Click here to view the list of courses they make available. 


Recent News


Apr 2015 - Food and Beverage Reporter - 2015 PneuDrive challenges for game-changing ideas in Food and Beverage industry

This is the first time that the competition has been featured in this publication. The interest shown towards student designs, from readers outside of engineering, will be interesting to monitor.

Click here to view the article.

Mar 2015 - Engineering News Publishes Online and Printed Article: Competition calls for industry "game changers"

Students participating in the 2015 PneuDrive Challenge engineering design competition will need to design “game changers” for the food and beverage industry, says drive engineering company SEW-Eurodrive.

Click here to read the article.

Feb 2015 - EE Publishers - Ultra-high throughput warehouse defragmentation system

Where a package must be moved to facilitate sorting, retrieval or placement, it is always preferable to move it laterally. Movement in the horizontal plane requires far less energy than vertical movement since energy is only required to overcome the inertia of the object. Vertical movement requires energy to overcome both the object’s inertia and its weight.

Click here to read the article.

Feb 2015 - Engineering News - Stellenbosch engineering students showcase talents with mobile palletising solution

Engineering students from Stellenbosch University (SU), in the Western Cape, took top honours during the 2014 PneuDrive Challenge prize-giving ceremony, held in Johannesburg last month, for their innovative Movipal mobile palletising solution.

Click here to read the article.

Feb 2015 - SEW-Eurodrive moves ahead - Motion Control in Southern Africa

Click here for 2015 News and Updates.

Click here for News and Updates from 2014.

Follow us on Social Networks


Join the competition's Facebook Group to connect with people who are interested in the PneuDrive Challenge and engineering competitions in general.

Follow the competition's LinkedIn company page to stay in touch with competition updates and news. You'll also be able to make contact with business people who support and endorse the learning and business objectives of the competition.

Each year competitors load interesting project videos to the PneuDrive Challenge YouTube channel. Product information is also made available when appropriate.


Instagram is used to capture and share interesting visual images of products, competition experienes and ideas that may come through from competing students.



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