Since the inception of the CAC, several projects have been completed in collaboration with and for the industrial partners; many are on-going projects, and many others are in the pipeline. Industrial applications remain the CAC’s focus for maximising rate of return through adding value to the core function of the partners. As the trust level between the CAC and its existing and potential partners strengthens, its scope of collaborative activities is increasing, both in terms of rupee value and contribution to the economy.
Engine Blow-By Monitoring System:
This Pak Rs. 1 Million project was executed for a CAC partner company, Millat Tractors Limited, Pakistan’s leading ISO-9002-certified manufacturer of agricultural tractors under licensing agreement with Massey Ferguson, UK. It involved the design and development of a real time engine blow-by monitoring system for measuring engine performance. Two models have successfully been designed so far; the RAM-BB1 can be connected to any computer with a USB; the RAM-BB2 has a built-in panel PC for field applications.
The CAC-NBP Joint Research Project – Banking & Financial Services:
In July 2011, the CAC joined hands with the National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) to conduct an all-inclusive industry-wide research – an in-depth analysis of 34 sectors constituting Pakistan’s economy, ranging from Agriculture, Dairy and Food Products; to Textiles, Construction, and Energy. The objectives included building a repository containing authentic data on the various sectors of the economy, and, more importantly, to present an outlook on the sectors and identify their growth potential, barriers, specific issues, strengths, opportunities and threats. The CAC and NBP jointly prepared a report titled ‘Industry Ratings & Strategic Positioning 2012,’which is of tremendous value to industry members, potential investors / lenders, as well as policy makers. This exercise will give valuable inputs for shaping national policy on various sectors of the economy. The report can be viewed by clicking on the link below:
Industry Ratings & Strategic Positioning 2012
Cost-Effective Electric Bike and Vehicle:
This was a Pak Rs. 7.2 M project awarded under the University-Industry Technical Support Programme of the HEC Pakistan, and has been executed in collaboration with Karachi-based Energen. It involved design and development of electric bikes and vehicles; 500 and 800 watts electric bikes were developed giving a range of 40 km and top speed of 45km/hr. A 1500-watt vehicle was also developed with a range of 100 km with top speed of 45 km/hr and a charging time of 6 hours. Negotiations are in process with a local enterprise to develop and build a serial hybrid electric vehicle.
Quality Control Solution for Football Shape Analysis:
This involved the development of an economical and reliable system to ensure accurate results for football shape & weighing analysis in real time. The system developed has an accuracy of more than 20 times the FIFA requirements. This project was executed for the Sialkot-based sports good industry.
Fuel Monitoring System:
Fuel theft from telecommunication tower electrical power generators is a common problem in third world countries. Available solutions to identify and collect the proof of theft do not serve the purpose for different types of thefts that takes places in countries like Pakistan and Afghanistan. Under this Pak Rs.1 Million project in collaboration with Nokia Siemens Networks Pakistan, a low-cost solution was developed for fuel monitoring, customising the system for third world requirements.
Super-Critical Fluid Extraction (SCFE) of Micro-Algae for Biofuel Production:
SCFE is a relatively new extraction process that has attracted great interest in recovery of algal oil using Carbon Dioxide as the ideal fluid.This is an ambitious project requiring simulation, design and fabrication of a pilot plant in collaboration with the local industry. A pilot-scale SCFE unit is being developed at SCME/CES, NUST,in collaboration with NRG Biofuels Canada.
Development of Point of Use (POU) Arsenic Removal Two Stage Filter Using Titanium Oxide Nanoparticles:
The drinking water in certain parts of Pakistan is contaminated by Arsenic, a documented carcinogen.The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends a concentration of less than 10ppb in drinking water supplies. The Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST) has funded the development of a POU Arsenic removal filter using Titanium Oxide Nanoparticles;Arsenic removal from water in Pakistan will be done very efficiently and cost effectively.