One of the winners of the Heavy Lifting Automation Challenge, John Hanna, answered the questions of our interview and told us how he came up with his solution.
Can you introduce yourself briefly? What is your more relevant working experience?
My name is John Hanna I was born in Scotland (Glasgow) in 1946 and emigrated to Australia with my parents when I was seven years old. From an early age, I have had an interest in the mechanical workings of things and remember browsing my father’s copy of “Machinery’s Handbook” which is a kind of bible for mechanical engineers. Needless to say, I followed a career path into mechanical engineering beginning as a junior draftsman and working up to Principal Mechanical Engineer.
I am now semi-retired but still enjoy the opportunity to apply my accumulated knowledge including the use of 3D modeling and FEA design. Much of my career has been spent in the heavy engineering and mining industry where I gained considerable expertise in bulk materials handling, applying that to several major projects. I very much enjoy participating in the Ennomotive competitions when I have the time because it allows me to apply my knowledge and innovation skills to a variety of problems where I think I can add some value.