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Global
Renewables
Lancashire
Operations
Ltd.
 


Handy Weigh Green Machine Proposal.  



 Contents:
 Handy
Weigh
Concept
 Handy
Weigh
Operation
 Handy
Weigh
notes
 Concept
Sketches
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Richard
Dawson,
 60
Stamford
Road,
 Mossley,
 Lancs,
 OL5
0BG
 07932
050926
 rdawson101@hotmail.com
 www.arbarus.co.uk
 www.propsmaker.co.uk



Handy
Weigh
Green
Machine
 Concept
 The
 Global
 Renewables
 Handy
 Weigh
 Green
 Machine
 is
 designed
 around
 the
 concept
of
a
‘Heath
Robinson’
style
machine
created
from
recycled
and
reclaimed
 components
 and
 perhaps
 invented
 by
 an
 environmentally
 aware
 but
 bonkers
 scientist.
 The
machine’s
friendly
and
humorous
form
invites
its
recognition
as
a
character
 in
its
own
right,
perhaps
a
friendly
robot
from
An
Adventure
In
Environmental
 Awarness
and
invites
play
and
engagement.
 This
 proposal
 presents
 an
 initial
 concept
 for
 the
 machine
 as
 a
 start
 point
 for
 discussion
and
collaborative
development
of
a
final
design
and
execution.
 Execution
 The
 machine
 will
 be
 made
 as
 far
 as
 possible
 from
 reclaimed
 and
 recycled
 materials
 and
 mainly
 constructed
 from
 timber
 and
 metal,
 avoiding
 non‐ recyclable
materials
such
as
plastic.
 To
 cover
 the
 weight
 range
 required
 (3kg
 to
 1g,
 a
 ratio
 of
 3000:1)
 necessitates
 using
 an
 electronic
 weighing
 process.
 The
 output
 from
 the
 scales
 will
 be
 presented
in
an
analogue
mechanical
means
creating
an
exciting
visual
and
audio
 effect.
 The
 electronic
 scales
 will
 be
 connected
 to
 a
 programmable
 micro‐ processor
(arduino)
that
would
interface
between
the
electronic
and
mechanical
 components.
 The
machine
will
also
incorporate
a
traditional
balance
scales
into
the
design
for
 reasons
of
aesthetics
and
interactivity.
 To
 further
 engage
 the
 pupils
 the
 machine
 will
 require
 ‘opening’
 by
 use
 of
 a
 manual
 crank
 handle
 to
 fully
 reveal
 the
 score­board, instructions
 and
 electronic  scales weighing pan.  For
hygiene
all
materials
to
be
weighed
will
be
collected
by
waste
type
into
bags.
 Construction
and
materials
 The
main
body
and
structure
will
be
fabricated
from
timber
and
metal
reclaimed
 from
 old
 furniture,
 bikes,
 etc.
 The
 marks
 of
 the
 previous
 incarnations
 of
 these
 materials
such
as
handles,
markings
and
keyholes
would
be
left
visible.
This
will
 invite
recognizing
games
and
discussion
about
how
materials
can
be
reused.
 Buttons,
levers,
lights
on
the
machine
will
be
used
‘as
found’
to
add
to
the
Heath
 Robinson
feel
of
the
machine.
 It
is
conceived
that
the
text
and
labeling
on
the
machine
will
be
made
from
found
 materials
rather
than
printed
anew.
Materials
for
this
will
include
old
computer
 keys,
text
from
printed
packaging
(cans,
boxes
etc)
old
signage
and
buttons
and
 switches
that
already
incorporate
words.



All
 technical
 components
 will
 be
 reclaimed
 from
 scrapped
 bikes,
 cars,
 sewing
 machines
etc
including
motors,
gearing,
bearings
and
other
parts.
 New
 and
 bought
 materials
 will
 be
 minimized
 to
 electronics
 and
 components
 crucial
to
the
accuracy
of
the
weighing
process.
 Design
 The
 design
 presented
 is
 an
 initial
 concept
 that
 I
 would
 hope
 to
 develop
 in
 collaboration
 with
 Global
 Renewables.
 The
 exact
 shape,
 colour
 and
 form
 of
 the
 machine
would
be
altered
in
response
its
location
and
to
the
materials
found
for
 use
in
its
construction
 Notes
 The
machine
could
be
simplified
or
made
more
complex
depending
on
the
exact
 requirements
and
I
am
interested
in
working
with
Global
Renewables
to
develop
 the
concept
and
execution.
 The
 electronic
 scale
 element
 would
 be
 constructed
 in
 collaboration
 with
 electronics
engineer
and
fellow
artist
Jon
Shaw.



Operation
of
the
Handy Weigh Green Machine :
 The
machine
will
start
in
its
‘shut’
state
with
the
electronic scales
weighing pan, score­ board
and
full
instruction board
retracted.
 Part
1
–
Balance
Scales
–
recyclable
vs
non‐recyclable

 The Balance of Waste.  The
first
part
of
the
operation
will
involve
using
the
balance scales to
compare
the
total
 weight
of
recyclable
materials
vs
non‐
recyclable.
The
comparison
of
these
two
totals
 on
the
green/red
scale
reinforces
the
idea
that
the
lower
the
weight
of
the
non‐ recyclables
the
better.
 The
different
wastes
will
be
collected
by
the
teacher
into
paper
bags
provided
and
each
 will
be
hung
onto
the
relevant
end
of
the
balance scales.
 The
green/red scale
will
give
a
non‐numerical
total
for
‘greenness’.
The
spectrum
scale
 will
indicate
a
value
from
red
to
green;

red
=
must
recycle
more,
green
=
good
 recycling.
 Part
2‐
Weighing
the
non‐recyclable
waste
 How Much Waste?  The
crank handle
at
the
bottom
of
the
machine
must
be
cranked
to
fully
deploy
the
 score­board
and
instruction wings,
at
the
same
time
the
pan balance
will
extend
from
 the
front
of
the
machine.
Once
cranked
far
enough
a
bell
will
sound
indicating
the
 machine
is
ready.
 The
start
button
is
pressed,
zeroing
the
electric
scales,
once
zeroed
the
front hand
on
 the
machine
will
give
the
thumbs
up
indicating
weighing
can
begin.
 The
bag
containing
the
non‐recyclable
waste
is
placed
on
the
electronic scales weighing  pan.
 The
weighing
begins
and
the
rotary number dials spin
for
a
few
seconds
accompanied
 by
a
whirring
sound
as
the
machine
calculates
the
weight.
One
by
one,
from
left
to
right
 (kg
to
g)
the
dials
stop
spinning
and
the
total
weight
is
revealed.

 The
machine’s
clap hands applaud,
the
bell
rings,
the
hooter
sounds
and
a
light
flashes.
 Part
3‐
Calculate
and
compare
scores
 How Green Are You?  Part
of
the
score­board will
be
a
calculation
zone
with
space
to
enter
totals
and
an
 integrated
solar
powered
calculator.
 The
name
of
the
school,
total
weight
and
number
of
persons
will
be
entered
in
the
 relevant
boxes
and
the
calculator
used
to
work
out
the
non‐recyclable
waste
per
 person.
 This
score,
along
with
the
school
name
will
be
written
onto
a
magnetic
strip
and
 transferred
into
the
relevant
place
on
the
score­board.  The
finish
button
will
be
pressed,
the
hooter
sounds
and
the
weighing
is
complete.



Part
4‐
Resetting
the
machine
 Once
the
visit
has
finished
Global
Renewable
staff
should
reset
the
machine
by
cleaning
 the
calculation
zone,
winding
the
crank
and
reclosing
the
machine.
 



Handy
Weigh
Green
Machine
 Sketch
notes
 These
are
loose
initial
concepts
as
a
start
point
for
developing
ideas
and
open
to
 alteration
and
enhancement
as
requirements
and
materials
necessitate.
 Clap hands  Made
from
old
gloves
and
mittens
mixed
and
matched
for
colour.
 Rotary dials  A
variety
of
mechanical
display
styles
are
possible
for
example:



 and
more
aesthetically
pleasing
than
digital
versions.
 
 Balance scales   Mechanical
scales
with
colour
spectrum
dial,
operate
via
visible
mechanical
 system.
 Instruction board & Score­board  The
score
board
is
magnetic
with
a
calculation
zone,
solar
calculator,
wipe
off
 strips
and
pen
intergrated.
 The
instruction
board
is
constructed
from
found
materials,
an
old
frame
etc.
 The
exact
format,
size
and
layout
of
the
board
would
be
developed
in
 consultation
with
Global
Renewewables
and
would
ideally
be
integral
to
the
 machine
and
become
a
kinetic
element.
 Both
boards
could
be
divided
into
2
sections;
fixed
elements
with
first
step
 instructions
and
score
board
and
moving
elements
with
next
instructions
and
 calculation
zone,
calculator,
strips
and
pen.
 An
alternate
possibility
to
writing
the
score
is
to
have
‘pegs’
down
the
side
of
the
 board
that
would
hold
old
computer
numerical
keys
to
show
the
score.



Graphic presentation of score­board  I
feel
the
score‐board
needs
real
development
in
collaboration
with
Global
 Renewables
and
I
would
work
with
graphic
designer
and
community
artist
 Jacqui
Symons
to
advance
the
concept.
 Graphic representation of the instructions  The
instructions
will
be
enhanced
by
comic‐style
ideograms
explaining
the
 machines
operation.
 Crank handle   Opening
handle
of
the
machine.
Drives
an
internal
‘car
jack’
system
to
open
the
 score­board, instructions,
and
electronic scales via
a
ratchet
so
it
cannot
be
wound
 backwards.
The
boards
and
scales could
only
be
retracted
by
Global
Renewable
 staff
with
the
correct
key
for
reasons
of
safety.
 Base  Weighted
and
sturdy,
allows
machine
to
be
fixed
down.
 



Handy
Weigh
Green
Machine
 
 Approximate Costing  As
an
interesting
and
worthwhile
project
all
artists
involved
have
offered
their
 time
at
a
reduced
rate.
 Item
 Design
 Manufacture


Cost
 £500
 £1,500


Transport
 Fitting
 
 
 TOTAL COST  


£100
 £150
 
 
 £2,250

notes
 Includes
graphic
designer
time
 Includes
cost
of
electronic
components
 and
time
to
collect
recycled
materials
and
 production
of
score
board
element
 To
deliver
to
Global
Renewables
 Includes
labour
and
any
required
fixings
 
 
 



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