From product revolution, through research and development, to a change in company philosophy: PCV Group and Georg Fischer Waga NV have been working closely together for 34 years, almost always symbiotically. What is the secret behind this successful relationship? Engineer Dries Nijsen, founder of PCV’s predecessor First Design, and Michel Hulsebos, of Georg Fischer Waga NV, shed some light on the factors contributing to the success of this extraordinary alliance.
PCV Group is a product development service provider based in Enschede, in the Netherlands, and has excellent access to young professionals with a technical background. In the technology-focused city of Enschede, with the University of Twente (UT) and Saxion University of Applied Sciences, and their various different study courses, there are a number of sources of talented young people in the field of developing high-tech solutions. Mieke van den Belt, Senior Engineer and responsible for contact with students at PCV, and Fred van Dijk, one of the founders of PCV, emphasise the importance of cooperation with universities for the company in this interview
Today we received the sad message that our team member Leo Giesen has passed away on the 25th of March 2021. We knew for some time that Leo had a severe illness but his passing has shocked us deeply. We wish his family much strength in the coming time and share their sadness.
Vandaag hebben we het droeve bericht gekregen dat ons teamlid Leo Giesen op 25 maart 2021 is overleden. We wisten al geruime tijd dat Leo ernstig ziek was maar zijn overlijden heeft ons toch nog diep geschokt. Wij wensen zijn gezin en familie heel veel sterkte in de komende tijd en we leven intens met hun mee.
In the fight against environmental destruction and climate change, the responsible use of resources and avoiding waste have a crucial role to play. These goals can be achieved through a consistent circular economy. But what does that mean for manufacturers of consumer goods? What do engineers need to be aware of when creating designs? “The circular economy requires both industry and consumers to completely rethink things”, says engineer Luc Vinkenvleugel, Senior Project Manager & Consultant at PCV Group in Enschede. “One aspect of this is that customers no longer purchase a product, but rather rent it. This means that manufacturers need to produce devices that last longer and restructure their business models to focus on services such as renting, maintenance and financing. The result is that less equipment is produced, which in turn saves resources and significantly reduces the amount of waste”, the engineer explains. This is a development that fits perfectly with the PCV Group philosophy.
Ten years ago, PCV group received a challenge from one of our customers: design a small, inexpensive but reliable gearbox with a 500:1 gear ratio. The gearbox was meant to be part of a handheld beauty device, so it would be mass-produced and used by a consumer which means no regular maintenance or lubrication. This kind of challenge was well suited for Dries Nijsen, a creative mechanical engineer and co-founder of PCV Group.
Prototypes have become an indispensable part of product development. Thanks to modern 3D printing processes, they can be produced faster and more cost-effectively than ever. But the time it takes to deliver the models plays an increasingly important role in their success. More and more prototypes are also being equipped with (electric) drive mechanisms. Three experts from PCV Group in Enschede, in the Netherlands, shine some light on current trends in prototyping.
Sustainable, environmentally friendly, sturdy and hygienic: packaging materials have to meet ever-more-demanding requirements, especially when they contain consumer products. For this reason, manufacturers are searching for new materials, while also enlarging existing packaging designs. “For example, in the cleaning products sector, the concentrations of the chemical constituents are being increased, so that a single package lasts the customer longer,” relates Martijn Torenbeek of the PCV Group. In this contribution, the engineer from the company based in Enschede, the Netherlands, describes the role that cross innovation plays in the development of new packaging solutions.
Barista plus engineer equals recipe for success: The product developers of PCV Group in Enschede, the Netherlands, are experts in (professional) coffee machines. Since they take their profession seriously, some engineers are also baristas at the same time.
Recently, we joined the Dutch Society for Precision Engineering, because we believe that making coffee is precision engineering too. To present our knowledge about the difficulties in controlling hot water, Neal Meijers, Mieke van den Belt and Henk van der Wulp wrote an article about hot-water control in consumer appliances. This article was originally accepted for a presentation for the DSPE Conference on Precision Mechatronics 2020, which has been postponed till 2021. Instead of waiting a year, this article has now been published in DSPE’s magazine Mikroniek.
In the article, different types of heaters that can be used in consumer appliances are discussed. Each have their own physical limitations, which influence start-up effects and steady-state behavior while making your cup of coffee. While accuracy in hot-water control is largely bound by heater choice, control can still be used to get the most out of it.
Of course, our knowledge can be applied to way more than coffee. If you have more interesting ideas on precision-heating of any liquid, please let us know!
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