Manufacturing and gifting "Rice ATMs" to help the poor amid Covid-19 pandemic
Nha Trang University has just awarded four "Rice ATMs" to organizations in Khanh Hoa province including the People's Committee of Van Ninh district, Khanh Hoa Youth Union and Khanh Hoa Red Cross Association in order to join hands to support those in need during the Covid-19 pandemic.
These "Rice ATMs" were designed and manufactured by Faculty of Mechanical Engineering - Nha Trang University, based on some criteria such as stable operation, quick and accurate delivery of rice, easy to use, maintain and repair. The team manufactured many trial versions to maximize the advantages and overcome the disadvantages before manufacturing the final machine version with high accuracy and usefulness.
The "Rice ATM" size is 1.1x0.6x2m, the empty weight is 75kg. The machine body is made of corrugated iron, its capacity is up to 350kg of rice which can serve 175 times continuously, and will continue to operate when rice is added to the machine. The frame is made of zinc-steel material, ensuring the steadiness and aesthetics. The controller is designed from locally available components, easy to replace and repair as needed. When receiving rice, users need to press the button at the foot, the signal will notify the controller to dispense rice. Rice will be distributed with a weight of about 2kg each time.
When the button is pressed, the machine will measure and deliver about 2kg in a period of 3-10 seconds.
Duration for receiving rice is about 3-10 seconds, which is considered to be quick compared to many machines currently used in other localities. “It can be said that lecturers of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering - Nha Trang University have created a very useful machine by their creativities. With the quick duration of delivering and getting rice, people don’t have to wait too long; it is also solving the main disadvantage of the current “rice ATM” in other localities. We are very happy and grateful to Nha Trang University for gifting us these machines. We hope that this activity will become more and more widespread”, Mr. Nguyen Khac Duy - Vice Chairman of Khanh Hoa Youth Federation shared.
Earlier, Nha Trang University also made a donation of more than 2 tons of rice to those in need affected by the Covid-19 pandemic in Khanh Hoa province. These are community engagement and service activities being actively implemented by the University, with the goal of connecting and accompanying the development of the community.