Friday, February 27, 2015

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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 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.

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, 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.

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


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

The TetraStack automatic guided vehicle and racking matrix system, which was awarded second prize in the 2014 PneuDrive Challenge, allows for concurrent placement, retrieval and defragmentation of packages in warehousing facilities.

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 - SA Instrumentation and Control - Online and printed article published: Engineering students to explore the food and beverage industry in 2015

Game changers needed
Food and beverage companies are under pressure worldwide. Small, medium and large businesses in this constantly changing and competitive industry face a myriad of essentially unpredictable challenges.

Click here to read the article.

Click here for 2015 News and Updates.

Click here for News and Updates from 2014.

Training Sponsor - Pneumax


In a rapidly changing industry environment, success depends on employees keeping up-to-date with advances in technology and methodologies, whilst also participating in relevant training. Pneumax offers accredited courses that engage interest and educate and in turn increases productivity. These courses are also beneficial in reducing costs associated with the incorrect usage of technologies and the damage of components. Their highly experienced technical team also provides on-site support - a valuable aspect to any organisation or institution.

Click here to access their training information. 


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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