Saturday, July 7, 2012

Malaysian Invention: 'Nutty' way to change tyres

IPOH: WHILE driving comes easy for most women, not many, however, are adept at changing a flat tyre.

"Changing a tyre has never been a pleasant thing for women. It is probably the one thing they don't want to go through at all," said Nor Ameerah Nawi, 17, who, with seven friends, bagged a gold medal at an international exhibition for an invention that promises to make tyre-changing a far less stressful experience for lady drivers.

Nor Ameerah, together with Anifah Hussain, Nur Syuhadah Shahirah Junaidi, Nabilah Aliyah Ahmad Naim, Nurul Shazleen Husna Saad, Farah Hanis Fadzil, Radin Aimi Aqilah Muhammad Anas and Norfaranina Zulkipli invented a device which they called "Nutty-Notty".

The Form Four and Form Five students from Sekolah Raja Perempuan Taayah (Serata) here, grabbed the gold medal at the International Exhibition For Young Inventors 2012 in Bangkok recently for inventing a wheel nut opener, which is operated using a hydraulic pump.

Nor Ameerah said the invention, which took the group about three weeks to develop, would lighten the load of changing a flat tyre.

"We are confident that the device will make changing tyre a less strenuous and stressful affair.
"It will only take two minutes or less to remove each of the screws," she said yesterday.

The Serata team was one of more than 522 teams from nine countries to showcase their inventions at the exhibition, which was held from June 28 to 30.

The Nutty-Notty package comprises three main components -- a hydraulic pump, a ratchet wrench and the "Nutty-Notty" arm.

The "Nutty-Notty" arm they created enables the ratchet wrench to be latched onto the hydraulic pump.
Group member Farah Hanis said a user only needed to fit the required-sized nut socket at the end of the ratchet wrench and use a lever to pump the wrench to loosen the wheel nuts.

"We have carried out comparison tests between the conventional method and the 'Nutty-Notty' method and found that the conventional method will take about 10-15 minutes to loosen the nuts," she said.
School principal Noor Aini Zainal Abidin said the invention was patented in April as the school's intellectual property, adding that Serata was negotiating with a local company to mass produce the "Nutty-Notty" arm.

"We believe there will certainly be a demand for the invention, especially among women drivers. The device is safe to use and easy to operate."

*Taken from NST Online

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