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Pakistani Students Invent Device to Test Automatic Vehicles’ Side Mirrors

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KARACHI: Three students from the Iqra University of Karachi have developed a mechanical device that can automatically test the side mirrors for automatic vehicles and trace the faults in it.

Similar automated mirror testing machines are in use in Japan and Korea and can be bought for around Rs2.9 million while in Pakistan, the mirror manufacturers can purchase it for only Rs150,000.

Syed Abu Talib Naqvi, Muhammad Shamshirur Rehman and Abu Hurairah Mehboob, who are studying electrical engineering, have in a matter of nine months developed this new innovation.

The “Automised Mirror Testing Machine” has the ability to revolutionise production of mirrors for automatic automobiles.

It takes around one minute and 10 seconds to test a single mirror manually but with the use of the machine, the task can be completed in just 30 seconds.

Additionally, it will help reduce the cost of labour and will prove a good deal for manufacturers.

The machine features both manual and automatic methods. Even if the automatic method ever faces an issue, the machine will remain useful.

While interned in 2017 at a private company that manufactured mirrors for automatic automobiles, one of the students Abu Talib observed the production process up close and was walked through each phase in the process.

What stuck with him, however, was the lack of a foolproof method to test the quality of the mirror.

The product is essentially composed of eight to 10 parts that have to be assembled. In the last stage, a worker has to test the fitness of the mirrors manually which is done by rotating the mirror on its axis.

According to Abu Talib, the process was time-consuming and at the end, the company still failed to ascertain the underlying fault that caused the mirrors to malfunction. In order to trace the fault, they would further have to open each part of the assembled mirror.

What Abu Talib saw in this lacking testing procedure was an opportunity. He felt that there should be a device that could not only test the mirror’s functionality but also identify and trace faults automatically.

“Automised Mirror Testing Machine” is the outcome borne out of this need.

The team will be presenting their project at Thailand’s Stanford International University on September 7 this year.

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