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Purdue University team takes its “T.R.A.S.H.” to Germany


Engineering students win trip to Hannover Messe in xplore New Automation competition

Middletown, Pa. – A team of engineering technology students from Purdue University’s Polytechnic Institute will take its “T.R.A.S.H.” to Germany for the second month in a row. During a trip in March, the team won first place in an international automation competition for designing and building an automated trash collection system. The grand prize for their victory: a trip to Hannover Messe, the world’s largest industrial trade show, held April 23-27 in Hanover, Germany.

“T.R.A.S.H.” – short for Trash Recycling Automation Sanitation Humanity – modernizes the current trash collection system by implementing an automatic trash and recycling can. It uses remote monitoring so that maintenance personnel know when a can needs to be replaced.

The project won first place in the Environment category of Phoenix Contact’s xplore New Automation Award 2018. Phoenix Contact, an international manufacturer of industrial automation components, hosts the international technology and education competition every three years. The program encourages high school and college students to design and build a working automation system in one of four categories: Smart Factory, Environment, Urban Infrastructure, and Recreation.


Molly McGowan
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