RESEARCH FOR COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
Gweru Poly does not only focus on technological issues but also engages in research aimed at solving social and economic challenges.

In line with the Ministry's Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) initiative and the regional agenda on industrialization Gweru Polytechnic has adopted a vibrant research and innovation culture in order to equip students with knowledge, skills and values that guarantee economic growth and increased opportunities for wealth and employment creation. This has seen the institution providing solutions to some economic and technological challenges. Recently students and staff members came up with the following innovations which would be exhibited at the ZITF 2018:


1. Masonry Brick Cutting Machine
Masonry bricks are used as liners in industrial furnaces which are operated at very high temperatures. These high temperatures lead to wear and tear of the bricks which need to be frequently replaced.
The high compressive strength of these bricks makes them difficult to cut out the required shapes and sizes during replacement. The Masonry Brick Cutting Machine was designed and manufactured with the objective of reducing high maintenance costs while minimising maintenance time, thus increasing plant availability for local companies. This machine is user friendly and can also be used during big construction projects.


2. Remote controlled Automobile Scissors Jack
It is difficult for most female and elderly drivers to change wheels in case of a tyre puncture. The remote controlled jack can easily be used by connecting it to the battery or the cigarette lighter. The maximum mass which can be lifted comfortably is 1200 kilograms. The electric power is drawn directly from the battery or through the cigarette lighter. The car must be supported by stands and the jack should be removed after supporting so as not to overload the electrical components.
In the event that the remote controlling mechanism fails, it reverts to ‘fail safe mode’ meaning to say that it can be operated manually.


 3. Automatic Temperature Controller
This temperature control system uses the application of embedded systems technology which makes it a cost effective, reliable and an efficient system. It can be applied to control temperature in the greenhouses, or food processing industries in line with the Command Agriculture.


4. REVERSIBLE AFRO-CENTRIC LADIES ATTIRE
The attire can be worn on two separate occasions:
  • Formal wear
  • Wrap over jacket with a pencil skirt
  • African Attire
  • Wrap over jacket, pencil skirt with bottom flounce and head gear.

The materials used are: cotton drill and African print. These materials are readily available on the market and they are affordable. The attire is cost cutting and it reduces luggage for someone travelling.

 
5. CASUAL WEAR SHORT FOR A WHEEL CHAIR BOUND PERSON
A knee length ladies casual wear short with a detachable padded back panel for extra comfort for wheelchair bound wearers. The short trousers is fashionable, functional, comfortable and easy to put on and off. It has hip pockets deep enough to carry small particulars securely. The padding can be removed and used with other garments, can be washed separately and it can also be put away if the wearer is not in the mood of putting it on.
Linen suiting was used to make the short because it is comfortable to wear next to the skin; it is absorbent and easy to care for.


6. BEES PROTECTIVE CLOTHING
The white overalls and sunhat with nett covering were designed in support of the new dispensation that focuses on Command Agriculture. The bees’ protective clothing can be used by bee farmers and bee harvesters who are involved in sustainable development.
The materials used are: cotton drill and nett. These materials are readily available on the market and they are affordable.

 

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