HabasitLINK plastic modular belting has been used in lots of different applications; from bakeries to automotive manufacturing; from candy bars to distribution centers. But as propellers for a boat! Now that puts a new spin on Solutions in motion!
Academia Avance located in Highland Park in Los Angeles, CA decided to do just that. Since 2010 Avance Seniors have participated in the SolarCup competition. 40+ schools from Southern California compete in May on Lake Skinner near Temecula. They build a boat and then race it in two different race formats; endurance – two 90 minute heats and sprint – two 200m heats.
Since 2010 Avance Seniors have participated in the SolarCup competition. 40+ schools from Southern California compete in May on Lake Skinner near Temecula. They build a boat and then race it in two different race formats; endurance – two 90 minute heats and sprint – two 200m heats.
For the 2013 competition, they designed a propeller type boat. They took their past experiences and engineering ideas together to design a new concept for this year. After much research, they came across HabasitLINK plastic modular belts. They believed that the flights used on plastic modular belting could work in their favor in this paddle system.
Avance reached out to Habasit America to see what we could do to supple them with belting and flights for this project. We were happy to contribute to this innovated solution! After many emails and phone conversations between our Engineer Jeff Delair and the Executive Director Ricardo Mireles, it was decided that the best solution for this project was the M5032 Flush Grid belt with molded sprockets and the M5010 Flat Top 2” flight and Flat Top 4” bucket flight.
They are coming along quit nice with their boat and will be putting it in the water soon to test it.
Academia Avance call themselves a “Life Preparatory Charter Public School”. The school started in 2005 with 100 students in the 6th and 7th grade and 100% of the 2012 graduating class were accepted into a 4 year college institution. Academia Avance promises a rigorous preparation course for college and real-world experiences in a professional setting. The Faculty Team believes that everyone has the right to a college education and they are dedicated to helping each student get there. For more information about the school, click here.