ITE students solve companies' real world problems
Mechanised tray lifter impresses company
Easing employees’ workload was the top priority for ITE College Central students Mr Sumardi Salleh, Ms Siti Nurliyana Rohman and Mr Karamjit Lal Singh as they thought about their final-year project.
With the help of the company they were paired with, Baumann Spring, the three students conceptualised, designed and produced a mechanised tray.
The working model impressed the spring and stamping manufacturing company enough that they are now planning to produce more units.
The project was one of 14 showcased at the ITE's Technical Engineer Diploma in Machine Technology Project Fair 2017 on March 8.
For nine months, the final-year students worked on products to help solve real world problems faced by companies .
Mr Sumardi and his team went on-site to see how workers carried out their daily jobs.
Said the 21-year-old: "I wanted to come up with something that would help them as they do their job.
Employees deal with stacks of trays filled with springs which are moved from a trolley one at a time to a packaging table.
But the mechanised tray lifter is designed to automatically lift the trolley by a one-tray height each time one is removed from the trolley, so that workers will not have to bend down so often to lift the heavy load.
Another ITE team worked with StarHub to develop a solar powered electronic waste recycle bin.
Normal e-waste recycle bins use batteries to power the electronic components which detect bin capacity, but that consumes a lot of power and batteries have to be changed at least twice a day.
Mr Muhammad Harith Haikal Mohd Zain, 22, the project leader of the two-man team which came up with the bins, said: "We wanted to come up with something simple and yet easy to use. With solar panels, it is a more productive way of doing things."The team's solar-powered bins can be charged during the day for full-day usage, minimising the manpower required.