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Pneudrive Challenge 2015 Prize-Giving!

Tuesday, 26 January 2016   (0 Comments)
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The official PneuDrive Challenge prize giving took place on 21 January 2016 at the SMC Pneumatics offices in Midrand. The theme of the 2015 competition was to design a game changer for the food and beverage industry. The 2015's winning teams are as follows:

  • 1st prize winners - Stellenbosch University
  • 2nd prize winners - Wits Team 
  • 3rd prize winners & Innovation - Wits Team

As overall winners of the Pneudrive Challenge, the Stellenbosch University team – consisting of Reghardt Pretorius, Johannes Leuvennink, Madeli du Toit, Josua Blom and Jean Swart – have won a ten-day, all-expenses-paid trip to the European headquarters of lead sponsors, SEW-Eurodrive SA and SMC Pneumatics - South Africa.

The aim of the PneuDrive Challenge 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 and pneumatics and business reality. 

As sponsors of the competition, SEW-EURODRIVE and SMC Pneumatics (South Africa) 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.

The Mechabrewers (winning team), undertook the project in collaboration with Stellenbrau Breweries to assist them in their production line by design a system that could potentially automate a specific process. Their design submission was the BottleBot, an automated robotic arm intended to move beverage bottles around in a production line. Visit their website for more information on this exciting design -

SAIMechE has endorsed the Pneudrive Challenge since its inception eight years ago and is proud of how this initiative has developed over the years.

Featured in the photo below (from left) is the winning team from Stellenbosch University: Jean Swart, Johannes Leuvenink, Madeli du Toit, Josua Blom and Reghardt Pretorius, seated with the SAIMechE CEO, Vaughan Rimbault.

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