Stellenbosch Wins Green Warehousing Logistics Challenge
After two intensive days of judging and deliberation the panel, made up of a range of local engineering experts, concluded and agreed that the "MOVIPAL" from Stellenbosch University was the winning design entry.
1st Place – Stellenbosch University – MOVIPAL
This year’s competition, which had as its theme – Green Warehousing Logistics – called on students to analyse and then design a solution for a specific operational problem in one of the following areas of a warehouse: Retrieval, Conveying, Placement, Packing, Palletising and Loading.
Students Landolf Theron, Herman Nieuwoudt, Jos Van der Westhuizen and Stefan Nel proposed a mobile palletising solution. Their design addresses the problems associated with two warehouse operations, namely palletizing and local transport, and combines the functionality of a gantry style palletiser and a forklift, providing a mobile palletizing solution. The target of the MOVIPAL is small to medium sized warehouses in the production and logistics industries.
Stellenbosch University's winning team:
Jos van der Westhuizen, Herman Nieuwoudt, Landolf Theron and Stefan Nel.
2nd Place – Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University - TetraStack
TetraStack™, an Ultra High Throughput Warehouse Defragmentation System designed by Adriane Bestic, Shuldham Peard, Ashley Naude and Christopher Sephton was an idea based on the popular Tetris game. Their design mirrors the sorting action of the game by continuously rearranging crates within a racking matrix so as to consume the least amount of space, as low down in the matrix as possible.
3rd Place – WITS University – The Out-The-Box-Palletiser
Students Gareth Krisch, Adam Bartels and Eitan Kassuto presented a design that could be a solution to manual labour palletising problem by proposing a stand-alone, mobile and flexible palletising device. Their design could provide warehouses which mainly make use of manual loading with an alternative application that could reduce running costs, increase productivity, improve worker safety and has the potential to be flexible enough to fit in with most line palletising operations.