Regular maintenance is required to keep vehicle components endure wear and tear. Unfortunately, many motor cyclists do not pay enough attention to their vehicles, including the motor chains that need regular lubrications.
Four students of UGM were inspired by this condition to develop a tool that can lubricate the chains automatically. The students are Saiful Afandi and Azis Fajar (Mechanical Engineering), Anindar Naufal and Firda Auliya (Industrial Engineering), and Bagas Eko (Electronics and Instrumentation).
The tool, Automatic Chain Lubrication (ACILATOR), is made through a simple system. It is installed on the rear wheel sprocket and equipped with a microcontroller and bluetooth that can be integrated with Android-based ACILATOR application software. “This way the chain can be lubricated regularly in compliance with the set standards,” said Saiful Afandi on Thursday (25/6) on campus.
Saiful said the tool was user friendly. “With this tool, damages can be minimised, so the chains will last longer,” he said.
Currently, they are doing repeat tests to the hardware and software to ensure the ACILATOR run well whether manually or automatically.
They hope that the ACILATOR can be applied to other vehicles and equipments that are difficult to lubricate.