TUT Crosses the PneuDrive Challenge Learning and Business Bridge First
Judging for the PneuDrive Challenge 2012 Engineering Design Competition has come to an end and the dominance that Stellenbosch University has displayed over the last 4 years was broken by an innovative and ground-breaking design from the Tshwane University of Technology.
The Roof Tile Tyre Cutter by WITS students, Bradley Rautenbach, Rohan Graham, Greg Whitbread and Rowan Carstensen came up with an innovative and refreshing way of looking at recycling tyres world-wide - and placed second.
The Karoo Seed Planter by WITS students Madikoti Motimele, Meshi Hamese, Lefa Madire and Mduduzi Masuku designed a machine that would allow a remote operator to extract GPS coordinates from platforms such as Google Maps to plan and navigate a seedling planter to a selected area - placed third.
High-Speed Automated Seeding
Students Mias Swanepoel, Byron Nielson, JP Joubert and Gerrit Botha highlighted the reality of hunger in the world. Their research into the area of plant yields revealed that significant improvements could be made in the areas of seed propagation and planting. They designed a high-speed, automated seeding machine that brings together new research in “arboriculture hydrogels" and mass production (10 000 trays per day), in order to improve the process of preparing seeds for planting.
By reducing the costs associated with seeding and improving the productivity and planting efficiency of greenhouse farms, food production can be increased with potential lower costs.
Tshwane Universty of Technology's Winning Team:
Mias Swanepoel, Byron Nielson, JP Joubert and Gerrit Botha, with lecturer Johan Benade.