Whereas in the past, during the development of a new machine, the electronics were often the poor relation compared to the mechanics, this has changed greatly in recent years and the electro-technical installation has now become a major part of the scope of delivery of the machine. The interaction between the operator and the machine often occurs via the machine controls, for which the control of your machine determines the user experiences of the operators.
The first step in the development of a new machine is analysing the customer's wishes and requirements. When the project specifications have been elaborated we can examine how these wishes and requirements can best be satisfied. There are often more roads that lead to Rome. For example, certain challenges can be resolved either mechanically or electronically. Every choice therefore has its advantages and disadvantages. Through our years of experience we know the advantages and disadvantages of different solutions and can therefore make a well-considered choice.
After it has been generally decided what the machine will look like, the detail engineering can be started. During this phase a well-coordinated interaction between mechanical engineering and electro-engineering is necessary to avoid surprises at the end of the project. This can, for instance, entail whether there is sufficient space and what the correct location for sensors would be, but also matters regarding the selection of the correct sensors. Sensors are indeed the senses of the controls and a sensor can make the difference between a correctly functioning installation or a non-functioning installation.
When the detail engineering has been correctly coordinated, the development of the project can be started. The machine and the switch boxes are constructed and after everything has been connected we can start testing the machine. With completely new machines it often occurs that many issues, which were not foreseen during the engineering phase, arise during testing. Because we do everything ourselves, we can quickly resolve unforeseen issues and therefore reduce the testing time. This allows you to deliver your machine as quickly as possible to the end user.
With new machines in particular, all kinds of new wishes emerge during the first years of operation. Simply because, in some cases, the end customer himself does not always know exactly what he needs or knows how he is going to use the machine at the moment he orders it. This is not a problem for us, because we can carry out many changes from our offices via a remote connection.