The Institute of Agricultural Engineers (IAgrE) has awarded a Coleg Sir Gâr student with UK-wide recognition for the design and manufacture of a net lifter for a round baler
As part of his agricultural engineering studies at the college’s Gelli Aur campus, 19 year old Thomas Mathias from Haverfordwest, designed and manufactured a mechanical net lifter for a round baler, which eases the lifting weight for the baler operator when using large rolls of net of up to 45kg.
The quality of work has resulted in Thomas winning the IAgrE Student Project Award and the IAgrE Student Safety Award, which encourages innovation in safe design and operation.
As part of their course, all students are tasked with designing and manufacturing a piece of equipment, which would help the agricultural sector and have to present their ideas and manufactured pieces to industry representatives.
Geraint Evans, course lecturer said: “The product has a lot of potential and is a much needed piece of machinery in the industry.
“Our students have won IAgrE awards for design and safety consistently since 2012 which I think demonstrates the calibre of their work.”
Pic UK WINNER: Thomas Mathias, an agricultural engineering student at Coleg Sir Gâr receives the IAgrE Student Product Award and Student Safety Award. He is pictured at the awards day with lecturers Colin Jones and Geraint Evans.