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Prototype development

In practice, some assignments turn into unique one-off solutions that are not available commercially. In most cases, the test model or prototype developed by the Mechanics Department is also the definitive end product. Wherever possible, prefabricated components or subsystems are used to keep costs and construction time to a minimum.

 

Mechatronics

We speak of ‘mechatronics' when the realization of a project involves strong synergy between the possible electronic and/or software solutions on the one hand and mechanical solutions on the other. At the beginning of the assignment, it is not obvious where the ‘solution interface’ between the two disciplines lies. The total solution is therefore realized through direct and intensive simultaneous cooperation between both electronic, electrotechnical and mechanical specialists. This means that during the design stage there is room to ‘play with’ and ‘shift’ the boundaries of what is feasible in mechanical or electronic/software terms.

 

CE inspections

All equipment, including that built in-house, must comply with CE marking guidelines. The best way to ensure compliance is to work according to harmonized European standards. The Mechanics Department can assist with compliance with the relevant guidelines in the field of mechanics (e.g. approval by the steam vessel inspectorate). Equipment with electrical connections is supplied in accordance with the NEN 3140 quality standard.

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