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MotoLure Dispenser

by ZIP

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dispensing perishable food lures in the field,

for months at a time

MotoLure Dispenser by ZIP

The ZIP MotoLure is a robust tool that can be used in a range of situations. It dispenses a preset amount of fresh mayonnaise lure for possums, rats and stoats, for up to one year without requiring manual service.

ZIP is developing a quiver of tools, technologies and methods to understand and mobilise a defensive line of sensing traps that not only attract the predator, but also destroy and alert the system to an event. The project has been running since 2014 and has been deployed successfully in the Marlborough Sounds. The next stage is to “electronically fence” a much
larger peninsular of New Zealand and continue to expand the installations from there.


Read article: FRESH TO DEATH: Dispensing perishable food lures in the field, for months at a time


See video: ‘Remove and protect’ in the Perth River valley Posted by Predator Free New Zealand Trust

LISTEN

ZIP Ltd approached inFact to
partner with them and develop
effective tools and technologies that would operate reliably and effectively, with little human intervention, over long periods of time, in the New Zealand bush.


The first project was a lure dispensing device that dispenses fresh lure daily into the trap to maximize the effectiveness of the trap in the line of defence against reinvasion.


inFact carried out user insights
with ZIP field rangers and
technical and animal behavioural
staff to establish why, what and
how their needs could be met.

THINK

A major challenge for the project
has been to make the MotoLure
system viable such that the build
cost of the system would enable
ZIP to offset the cost of field
staff carrying out the same luring
functions on a line of traps over the life of the product operation.


Other design challenges included
requirements such as fail safe
reliability, battery management,
temperature effects, rodent invasion, harsh NZ bush environment, portability and the long operating periods.


A number of rapid prototype
iterations have been carried out to
resolve the many design challenges.


These requirements have, however, driven the design to become a simple low cost system that meets the commercial, technical and performance demands.

OUTCOME

inFact has developed and
engineered a system that is now
being used and sold to other
organisations.


The device uses sheet metal and
plastic molded parts, low cost
DC motor/gearbox drive and
control hardware/software with
high power density batteries.


The MotoLure has also been
developed by inFact to provide
low temperature dispensing
throughout winter months.


A combination of rapid
prototyping techniques and
design for manufacture using
low set up cost processes
enable the MVP’s to be build at
close to production costs.