Automated Reverse Vending Aluminum Can Crusher (ARVACC)

Date of Publication


Document Type

Bachelor's Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Manufacturing Engineering and Management


Gokongwei College of Engineering


Manufacturing Engineering and Management


Awarded as best thesis, 2007

Thesis Adviser

Nilo T. Bugtai

Defense Panel Chair

Oscar G. Unas

Defense Panel Member

Arthur Pius P. Santiago
Siegfred I. Lopez


Through the years, the price of aluminum has been increasing due to economic factors globally. In spite of it, people still tend to overlook the fact that the aluminum scrap thrown away is recyclable and beneficial only scavengers collecting these aluminum scrap are the ones who partake in the process of recycling. Aside from that, there is currently no reverse vending machine that crushes aluminum cans and gives off the equivalent monetary value in the Philippines. Therefore, the problem is how to design and fabricate an automated reverse vending aluminum can crusher.

The Automated Reverse Vending Aluminum Can Crusher (ARVACC) was able to attain high level of confidence in achieving the set parameters for accepting and rejecting aluminum cans inserted. The machine's coin dispenser can accumulate coins for more than one (1) transaction. It has the ability to display OFFLINE when the bin is already full or if there is no money available. It effectively reduces the can's volume by as much as 33% of the original size and has a minimum transaction of one (1) can. Overall, the machine was able to achieve the objectives set and was able to prove that it is reliable enough to be placed in public.

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Shelf Location

Archives, The Learning Commons, 12F Henry Sy Sr. Hall

Physical Description

1 v. (various foliations) : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm.


Containers; Crushing machinery

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