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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.

By creating a competition environment that requires proposing, designing and assembling innovative engineering ideas, students are given an opportunity to experience a wide range of problems and project issues that they would typically need to solve in the real world. The practical experience of analysing, debating, designing and assembling an innovative engineering idea, gives participating students business and engineering experience that goes way beyond typical lecture room experiences.

The sponsors of the 2014 competition, SEW-EURODRIVE and Pneumax recognise the importance of business in partnering with higher education institutions to help address the enormous pressures that they are under to prepare skilled engineering students for the labour market.

Need more information? 

If you are a student, lecturer or university that wants to enquire about entering the competition, click here to send us an email for more information.

Click here to download the competition profile.

What's Up For Grabs?

The prize for 2014 is an all expenses paid trip for four students to the Head Offices of SEW Eurodrive in Germany, and Pneumax in Italy.

The "winning university" also has an opportunity to order R 100,000 worth of SEW-EURODRIVE and Pneumax equipment.

Universities who submit final entries qualify for R 40,000 worth of free SEW-EURODRIVE and Pneumax equipment for their universities.

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Competition Guidelines

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Access the PneuDrive Challenge 2014 Rules and Guidelines document to review the framework and criteria for this year's competition.

There are some fundamental guidelines laid out in the Rules document, for example:

  • Show how SEW-EURODRIVE and Pneumax products can be used in your application.
  • The application that is designed must be one which creates business interest and shows the accuracy of the sponsor’s products.
  • Show an awareness of how Fieldbus Communications and Remote SCADA communication can be used to manage and monitor the application.
  • Consider how the remote management of data can be used to monitor and manage the application.
  • Consider energy efficiency in the design. Include an energy efficiency calculation in your project.
  • Show how your design does not influence the process and production flow.
  • Include product life cycle calculations.
  • Safety and tolerance issues.
  • Your design must show how the application can be accessed and managed remotely.

Media Information and Press Releases

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An important element of the experiential learning opportunity that is created by the PneuDrive Challenge is that it also introduces to students the value of generating press and media information about their designs and efforts. This in turn helps students create an online presence for themselves which will be valuable when they finally graduate and start the business end of their careers.

Use the link below to view the types of press information pieces that are published about the competition and the students that may have taken part:

Click here for a summary of press information relating to the competition.

Recent News

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Recent News and Updates

Use the content and links below to keep up to date with recent news relating to the competition:

09 April 2014 - 2013 PneuDrive competition drives a change for greener mining

Article published online - SA Instrumentation and Control - Winners of the 2013 PneuDrive competition officially received their certificates at a special awards ceremony hosted in Johannesburg by the event sponsors and organisers – SEW-Eurodrive and Pneumax.

04 April 2014 - Engineering News article - Competition focuses on green savings and efficiencies

Recent article published announces the start of the 2014 competition and highlights the theme for the the year - Green warehousing logistics.

Click here to view the article.

02 April 2014 - Competition Update - Road Shows and Workshops
* WITS – Road Show complete.
* Tshwane University of Technology – Road Show and Product Selection Software complete.
* Stellenbosch University – Road Show complete.
* University of Johannesburg – Road Show complete.
* NMMU road show will take place on Thursday 24th April.

02 April 2014 - Competition Update - Site visits have taken place:
* Stellenbosch University – site visit to Consol Glass – Belville.
* University of Johannesburg – site visit to IMP Automation – Boksburg.
* University of Johannesburg – site visit to Buhler – Honeydew.
* University of Johannesburg – site visit to SEW JHB.
* University of Johannesburg – site visit to Compact Disc Technologies to be confirmed.

11 March 2014 - Motion Control Publishes Article - CPUT wins greener mining design challenge

Click here to view the article.

07 March 2014 - Road Shows Completed

Road Shows to TUT, UJ, WITS and Stellenbosch have been completed. NMMU have started with the competition and will arrange workshops for the end of March or early April.

13 February 2014 - Motion Control

Online article published on the Motion Control in SA website - CPUT wins greener mining design challenge. Click here to view the article.

06 February 2014 - Water & Sanitation Africa Article

Some more press information about last year's competition. Quite a bit of information about the top three competitors:

1st Place – Cape Peninsula University of Technology – Waste Granite to Cobblestone Machine - Christian Mpiana and Gareth Hardman.

2nd Place – Tshwane University of Technology – The Dust Buster - Alexander Jansen van Vuuren, Francois van Dyk, Myron van Staden and Daniel Posthumus

3rd Place – WITS University – Tailings Dam Water Solar Still - Gregory Behrens, Travis Bennett, Paul Hon, and Thomas Wyszkowski-Korwin
The Autodesk prize entry from WITS – the Dust Emission Filtration System was also mentioned.

Click here to read the full article.

20 January 2014 - SA Mining Article

Great article about the 2013 winners (CPUT) published in January's edition of SA Mining - Waste granite to cobblestone machine wins 'greener mining' design challenge.

Click here to read the full article.

17 January 2014 - Prize Giving and University Briefing Confirmed

Competitors of the 2013 competition to attend a prize giving ceremony on 23rd Jan.

University lecturers to be briefed on the 2014 theme on 22nd Jan.

Media Partners and Endorsements

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A range of media partners appreciate the value of publishing regular updates and newsflashes regarding competing universities and the designs they are working on.

South African Institite of Electrical Engineers

SAIEE have endorsed the 2013 PneuDrive Challenge.

South African Institution of Mechanical Engineering

SAIMechE have endorsed the 2013 the PneuDrive Challenge.

The South African Fluid Power Association

The latest industry association to come on board with endorsing the competition.

The 2013 PneuDrive Challenge winners are:

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The 2012 PneuDrive Challenge winners are:

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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.

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