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"Mighty Max 007" Machine Scheduled to Make Debut - Media Advisory


The College of Engineering at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) will unveil and demonstrate "Mighty Max  Model 007" a newly designed and fabricated sewer rodder  built by faculty, staff and students in a partnership project with Max-Factory, a local manufacturer.  With unique and important advanced  features, university engineers  believe this machine is more efficient and easier to use than those currently being used by municipal sewer department and contractors.


The unveiling and demonstration will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 15, beginning at 10 a.m. in the Engineering Quad at Cal State Long Beach.  The university is located at 1250 Bellflower Boulevard in Long Beach with easy access from the 405, 605 and 22 freeways.  Members of the media are being directed to park on Lot 11, which is located off Palo Verde Avenue between Atherton Street and State University Drive.


Two years ago, CSULB Engineering Professor Parviz Yavari was contacted by local businessman Neil McDowell who was interested in building a better rodding machine.

McDowell, the 91-year-old owner and operator of The Max Factory in Stanton, has been in the business of selling rodder machines, rods and tools for cleaning sewer systems for more than 50 years.  With his experience, he knows the ins and outs of the work and its.  He also believes he knows how to improve on what is currently available in the marketplace.

The two teamed up with students and staff in the CSULB College of Engineering, and the result is an updated and improved rodder machine, which McDowell has dubbed “Mighty Max 007”  Weighing about 1800 pounds and affixed to a truck, Mighty Max was equipment about 18 months in the making.  Already tested, it can clean/clear 1,000 feet of sewer pipe in less than 10 minutes and has the power to pull some 11,000 pounds.

“The success of this project shows that the university can work closely with business and industry to help make improvements, break new ground and develop bigger and better mousetraps, as it were,” said Forouzan Golshani, dean for the CSULB College of Engineering.  “Many local and small businesses don’t see the university as this kind of resource, but with the Mighty Max, we’ve certainly shown what is possible.”

Eight CSULB students were involved with the project in design and fabrication.  In fact, one of those students was responsible for solving one of the biggest challenges of the project, an electrical problem that stumped Professor Yavari for nearly two months.  Another student used his work on the project as the basis of his final project submission en route to his master’s degree in aerospace engineering.


To RSVP or for more information on attending the unveiling and demonstration, contact Rick Gloady, CSULB director of media relations, at 562/985-5454.

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