Last month Rotor Clip picked 5 finalists for the Ring-A-Majig contest. On May 1st, after presenting their inventions, the winners were announced.

Three teams from East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, were crowned the winners of the 2016 Rotor Clip "Ring-A-Majig" contest, which challenged students pursuing technical courses of study to use retaining rings in original product designs.

The contest was held in affiliation with ATMAE, the Association of Technology, Management and Applied Engineering.


The winners were as follows:

  • First Place, East Carolina University-M1A2 Abrams Tank Tin Toy (Team members , James Powell, Joshua Adams, Josh Katsikis, Owais Siddiqui)
  • Second Place, East Carolina University-Robot Torsen Differential (Team members, Andrew DiMeglio, Joshua Stevens, Connor Jones)

  • Third Place--East Carolina University-Line Beam Engine (Team members, Jonathan Camden, Lawson Hawkins, Brian Pridgen.  (Professor Ranjeet Agarawala served as advisor for all three ECU teams).

Winning Design: M1A2 Abrams Tank Tin Toy
The resulting device had to display motion or movement.

The "Ring-A-Majig" contest challenged students to create product designs incorporating at least 10 retaining rings as fasteners in the way each was intended to be used. They were given a choice of 24 standard, tapered inch types displayed on the Rotor Clip web site. There were five required retaining rings that featured special characteristics like reducing vibration and gripping a shaft/bore without a groove.

Cash prizes will be awarded as follows: 1st place: $750 (USD) to each team member; 2nd place: $500 (USD) to each team member; 3rd place: $250 (USD) to each team member.

Rotor Clip is also hosting the 1st place team at their Somerset, NJ Headquarters where the team will have the chance to tour our facilities and meet the contest judges. Additionally, the team will be present at Rotor Clip's booth at this year's Atlantic Design and Manufacturing Show - New York in June to show and discuss their design with visitors.

Through its affiliation with ATMAE, Rotor Clip’s goal is to support education in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) through programs that expose students to "real world" situations and encourage them to pursue careers in manufacturing.

Four degreed mechanical engineers from Rotor Clip served as judges for the contest. They viewed the five finalist's presentations and selected the top three winners. 

Their selections were based on the following criteria: originality and creativity; application of sound engineering principles as they apply to retaining rings; complexity and functionality of the design; quality of the design presentation.

Rotor Clip also it will be holding a 2017 "Ring-A-Majig" contest. Details will be released in early fall.