Rally to Tally

893 Registered Allowed team size: 1 - 4

Winners are announced.

Idea Submission Phase
Online
starts on:
Aug 09, 2021, 07:00 PM
ends on:
Sep 06, 2021, 06:59 AM
Prototype Submission Phase
Online
starts on:
Sep 13, 2021, 07:00 AM
ends on:
Sep 26, 2021, 11:30 AM

Winners

Overview

ANNOUNCEMENT!

Here are some of the Submission Guidelines we expect you to adhere to for the next phase of submissions.

1. Please create a working model of your ideas in your submissions
2. You should be clearly able to explain how you would be able to make your ideas come to life
3. A working prototype of the ideas would greatly help you in getting ahead
4. Just resending the ideas all over again would be disqualified
5. Encourage include a PPT or a Video to explain how you could make it happen.

Please send out your submissions before 24th September. We are expecting to see you utilize your ideas and convert them into a feasible working system.

 

Companies manufacture, process, and sell steel pipes. Inventory management of pipes in an outside yard has long been a pain point for companies because of the labor-intensive, visual dependency required to check the number of pipes.
We are looking for solutions that can pass our audit procedures. These solutions must be effective and accurate. They must also help in automating this labor-intensive, manual process of counting pipes.

A typical case of specifications of pipes and the environment of pipe yard are:

  • 1.66 - 48 inch in diameter
  • 30-60 feet long
  • Stacked in 3 - 20 layers depending on Outside Diameter size (but not higher than approx. 10Feet)

  • More than 1 thousand pipes in 1 acre
  • A tag and/or cap may be attached to the end of the tube.

  • In the case of large diameter pipes, the pipe stacks are often several hundred meters long and the distance between the stacks is often so narrow that it can be difficult to take a picture from the front.

  • Therefore, it is necessary to go close to it in hot/cold weather and visually check it for a long time.
  • Since each pipe weighs up to several tons, it is difficult to calculate the number of pipes by weighing them all at once.

Themes

Counting steel pipes in inventories

Companies‌ ‌manufacture,‌ ‌process,‌ ‌and‌ ‌sell‌ ‌steel‌ ‌pipes.‌ ‌Inventory‌ ‌management‌ ‌of‌ ‌pipes‌ ‌in‌ ‌an‌ ‌outside‌ ‌yard‌ ‌has‌ ‌long‌ ‌been‌ ‌a‌ ‌pain-point‌ ‌for‌ ‌companies‌ ‌because‌ ‌of‌ ‌the labor-intensive,‌ visual‌ ‌dependency‌ ‌required‌ ‌to‌ ‌check‌ ‌the‌ ‌number‌ ‌of‌ ‌pipes.‌ ‌There is a lot of room for innovation here so we are looking forward to your unusual, out-of-the-box ideas to solve the given problem. Put on your thinking cap to build solutions and features that you believe in.

Overview

Companies manufacture, process, and sell steel pipes. Inventory management of pipes in an outside yard has long been a pain point for companies because of the labor-intensive, visual dependency required to check the number of pipes. 

We are looking for solutions that can pass our audit procedures. These solutions must be effective and accurate. They must also help in automating this labor-intensive, manual process of counting pipes.

Task 

Design solutions that can:

  • Count steel pipes of different diameter
  • Handle situations like pipes getting stuck because pipes cannot be moved or cannot be freed to get an accurate count
  • Tackle challenges like getting only a top view if drones are used
  • Be used for counting stainless or PVC pipes

Specifications 

  1. Typical specifications of pipes and the environment of the pipe yard include:
  • Pipes are 1.66-48 inches in diameter and 30-60 feet long
  • Stacked in 3-20 layers but not higher than approx. 10ft.
  • There are more than 1000 pipes within 1 acre of the yard
  • A tag and/or a cap may be attached to the end of the tube

     2. In the case of large diameter pipes:

  • The pipe stacks are often several hundred meters long
  • The distance between the stacks is often so narrow.

Given these conditions, it can be difficult to take a picture from the front. Therefore, it is necessary to go close to it in hot/cold weather and visually check it for a long duration to get accurate information.

  1. Since each pipe weighs up to several tons, it is difficult to calculate the number of pipes by weighing them all at once.

Some examples to get you started to include, but are not limited to, using drones, RFID tags, or AI flash counting apps! These are just examples. There is a lot of room for innovation here so we are looking forward to your unusual, out-of-the-box ideas to solve the given problem. Put on your thinking cap to build solutions and features that you believe in.

Prizes USD $1,500 in prizes

Main Prizes
1st Position
USD $ 750
2nd Position
USD $500
3rd Position
USD $250

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