Senior Engineer Jelle Kuster is one of the group of five experts at the PCV Group with a particular focus on the subject of testing. After all, the value of a technical solution is measured by its practical viability. Since the company wants to create value for its customers, testing is the common thread running through all the work of these product developers based in Enschede, in the Netherlands. This testing is the only way to determine what works and where exactly further optimisation is needed. Continuous analysis is what makes outstanding engineers. The following interview gives a glimpse into this.
How can we prevent leaks? This is a question that valve manufacturers and users face every day. In this Armaturen Welt interview, Martijn Torenbeek from the PCV Group in Enschede, the Netherlands, presents some solutions for particular challenges. These are all based on a “cross-innovation” approach, which involves the transfer of solutions from one industry to another. The company established itself as a specialist in sealing by developing the Flexring for Georg Fischer Piping Systems.
Industrial designer Lex van Dockum has overseen many product development processes in the course of his career. He worked in small engineering offices and various multinational companies before joining the PCV Group five years ago. Since then he has joined the management team and is particularly valued for his ability to take a “helicopter view” of a project. Where he had also become “fed-up” with the sluggish organisational structures of large companies, he now enjoys the freedom to improve or develop from scratch new products for clients, working with colleagues with very different specialisms. To do this, the team from the PCV Group employs an approach it calls ‘structured creativity’. In this interview the experienced project manager describes what exactly this entails.
Last week PCV visited the Aerosol & Dispening Forum (ADF) and the Packaging of Perfume, Cosmetics & Design (PCD) in Paris. Important themes were sustainability, responsibility and consumer sensibilities.
It is the users that ultimately determine whether a product is successful on the market or not. The PCV Group already incorporates this ethos at the product development stage, by making the needs of the user a focal point. User Centred Design (UCD) is the approach that a team of five is continuously improving for client projects of the Enschede-based product developers, without losing sight of their technical background. Industrial designer Bram Norp provides valuable insight.
The visualisation of ideas forms a significant part of any industrial design study. Using paper and a charcoal pencil, a graphics pad or a computer, images are created that aren’t just meant to look nice. Yet, what roles can and should they actually play in product development processes? Industrial designers Bram Norp and Elias van Hoek, both graduates of the University of Twente’s (UT) degree programme in Industrial Design Engineering, recognise big differences between sketching during their studies and in their day-to-day work at the PCV Group – revealing a large gap between theory and practice.
On 14 January PCV visited the Horecava, the most important fair in the Netherlands for all professionals in food service. The fair was very well-attended by a large number of visitors. At the Start-up LAB, over 50 start-ups showed their innovations. In the TrendLAB exhibitors were grouped in themes around food, one of them being “Transformation & Circularity”.
For cappuccino lovers, the light, frothy milk on top – the crowning glory of this ever-popular hot drink – is no less important than the coffee itself! Whether one prefers a towering pile of stiff foam or a froth with a creamier consistency… tastes differ widely. And many more variations can be created through different preparation methods. The team at the PCV Group know this well, as their everyday work deals with stages of these systems – from the initial product idea to the finished product, from small improvements to newly-designed systems, and from consumer products to professional machines.
The secret to the perfect espresso lies tucked away in the Dutch town of Enschede, a little under ten kilometres from the German border. More precisely, it is in the facilities of the PCV Group’s product developers, who, over the past 25 years, have applied their expertise to support almost every well-known coffee machine manufacturer. Their particular specialism lies in dosing processes. The clients of this ‘high-tech foundry’ also include leading companies from the consumer goods industry and other sectors. Many of the PCV Group’s consultants, engineers and industrial designers are passionate coffee experts and understand every facet of the topic. These coffee pros have taken on board the fact that preparing the most perfect coffee possible not only requires raw materials of outstanding quality and the experience and touch of an experienced barista, but also involves a wide range of other factors. Brewing coffee is a complex procedure that can be optimised with the help of sophisticated technological solutions.
PCV members Bart Velthuizen, Stefan Ostermann, Luc Vinkenvleugel and Maarten de Lange travelled to Frankfurt to visit the largest European fair of the year in the field of additive manufacturing: Formnext.
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PCV Group is a leading company for product and technology development and project management. We work in the international fields of medical, professional and consumer markets. We have a passion for dispensing & dosing system solutions, embedded systems and mechatronic applications. We love to invent and create low cost, high-tech solutions that turn good products into great products.