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Benton Central students win trip to Florida


Benton Central wins national automation contest for the second year in a row

MIDDLETOWN, Pa. – A team of student engineers from Benton Central Jr./Sr. High School in Oxford, Ind., has won a trip to Orlando, Fla., for designing and building an automated Paint Brush Cleaner.   

This is the second consecutive win and third overall for a Benton Central team in Phoenix Contact’s Nanoline Contest, a national competition that challenges students to design and build a working automation system. Phoenix Contact announced the winner on Saturday, Feb. 16, to kick off its National Engineers Week celebration.

The Paint Brush Cleaner is an automated machine that cleans large quantities of artistic paint brushes in commercial applications. It can clean 20 to 30 brushes at a time in two and a half minutes, while only using four gallons of water. Compared with traditional washing methods, this reduces cleaning time and water consumption dramatically.


Molly McGowan
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