JOHOR BARU: Peeling onions might just be a tear-less and fuss-free chore in future with a group of Universiti Teknologi Malaysia students’ invention.
The onion peeler machine, called Peel-O was invented the Faculty of Education students and had won the university’s 7th Innovation Competition “Best of the Best” award for the creation.
The group leader of Think Po, Noor Khairul Azwan Yusoff, 25, said that the idea came about after conducting a survey and there was a demand for such a product.
“This kind of product could cater to the small and medium enterprises (SMEs), restaurants and catering services who need to peel more than 10kg of onions per day.
“By using this machine, the 10-minute chore taken to peel a kilogram of onions manually will be shortened to only three minutes,” he said when met at the competition’s prize giving ceremony here at the university’s Center for Student Innovation (CSI).
The team consisted of Noor Khairul, Nuraisyah Ahmad, 22, and Anuar Mohammed, 29, who walked away with a total of RM1,400 cash prize from the competition.
Nuraisyah added that the machine can take up to 1kg of onions each time but the onions needed to be soaked for about three minutes first to ease the peeling process.
“The design was improvised from a washing machine and made from some of the reusable materials to put together, which took up a cost of only RM230 per machine.
“It took us about 10 weeks to complete our invention and it was meant to shorten the peeling duration as well as to reduce labour force,” she said, adding that similar machine are sold in the market but was pricey and catered for mass production.
She said Peel-O was designed for small-scale businesses and is easy to handle and kept.
Meanwhile, CSI deputy dean Dr Abdul Rashid Husain said that the Invention Competition, which organised by CSI, themed “Improved” saw some 157 students with 43 products participated.
“Every group was given a total of RM300 as encouragement for them to develop their ideas as those potential products would be featured in other prestigious competitions in the near future,” he said.