TECHNOLOGY: Sunnyside Packer A Winner
Recent Western Cape Business News
IN a competition sponsored by SEW Eurodrive recently the panel of judges agreed that Stellenbosch University’s Sunnyside Packer was the winning entry. The Air Bot design from the Tshwane University of Technology was a very close second and the Automated Restaurant from WITS placed third.
The Blitz Burger from the University of Johannesburg was commended for their innovative ideas.
Stellenbosch University students Norval Geldenhuys, Cornel Liebenberg, Daniel Malan and Hardus Scheepers delivered a design report that is essentially a “high-speed, accurate and selective apple packer”.
They noted that because apple packing is currently done by hand, many potential problems with labour – including inconsistent quality – are experienced by farms and distributors.
Their proposed packing machine is designed to improve the marketability of first-grade boxed apples. This is accomplished by boxing ‘red’ apples (any apples with some red colouring) with their best-looking and best-coloured side facing upwards.
Packing apples in this manner produces a much more desirable box than a randomly packed box, an obvious benefit to retailers.
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