Cell: Technology Executives
From contractor to high tech company: innovations at Heijmans
Mid October the ‘Glowing Lines’, the first Smart Highway pilot using luminescent lines on both sides of the highway, was re-opened. This prestigious project is a fusion of the design work of Studio Roosegaarde and craftsmanship and knowledge of Heijmans. Gerard de Leede (55), CTO at Heijmans, is responsible for the technological development of the Glowing Lines and other projects. “TMC approached me for this job. Bert Stohr, product developer at the Glowing Lines project, is from TMC as well.” In April of this year, on highway N329 near the town of Oss in The Netherlands, the first version…Read more...
Cell: Field Service
International challenges for a site supervisor
One of the unique selling points of TMC’s Employeneurship business model, is to offer Employeneurs the opportunity to work on outstanding projects, so they can build a career in a specific work field with the assurance of a long-term contract. TMC aims to find the perfect match between dedicated Employeneurs and remarkable projects all around the world. Belgian Dries Smeets started to work for TMC Field Service 1,5 year ago, when he was looking for a new challenge as an international operating engineer. He had participated in the installation process of ASML’s high tech machines and had travelled around the…Read more...
SPRINT14: Hackathon for Sports and Technology Innovation
Make a demonstrator of your idea in 32 hours and win the support to start-up your own company and test your product in Field-lab Eindhoven. That was the aim during a two days 'Hackathon' called SPRINT14 which was organized by the European ProFit project this month. TMC's Physics Employeneur Hans d'Achard was part of the organization at the TU/e. “The whole idea is an outcome of a European project called 'ProFit' and a partnership of five cities in Europe, including Eindhoven”, Hans explains. “60 Participants with different professions and backgrounds, like sportsmen, engineers, developers, designers and marketeers teamed up…Read more...
TMC event ‘InnovatiekrachtNL’ @drijvendpaviljoen
On October 30 2014, the annual TMC event innovatiekrachtNL' took place at 'Het Drijvend Paviljoen' in the city of Rotterdam. Eppo Bruins (STW) introduced his year’s theme: 'the circular economy'. Several speakers, discussed the theme further, by examples and breakthroughs from their field of expertise. Hans Baggerman (Van Nelle Factory) shared some examples tangible within our daily lives and set out that 'Het Drijvend Paviljoen' in itself is a showcase example of the circular economy. How to design buildings in an environmental friendly way and still live comfortably? Nature leads the way according to Daan Bruggink (Orga Architect). Taco Neeb (Tendris)…Read more...
Maarten Steinbuch on the future of robotics
‘A robot to re-attach your finger to your hand’. This month, Deloitte calculated that in the Netherlands alone 2 to 3 million jobs could be lost to robots, and even Dutch Vice Prime Minister Asscher warned about job losses due to robots. Maarten Steinbuch (54) is professor of Control Systems Technology at the Technical University in Eindhoven (TU/e). His incredible track record puts him at the top of his field. He and his group at the TU/e are famous for, amongst other things, their work on robotics for healthcare. Not only that, they are currently World Champions in robotic…Read more...
Pizza Session Mechatronics: the wearable future of virtual reality
Nov 25 2014
A pizza session by Manus Machinae There is no doubt that virtual reality is a growing trend. In 2015 Oculus, Samsung and Sony will all put their respective VR products on the market. But already enthusiasts, developers and universities are buying developer kits and creating their own applications. However, many still use the traditional controllers and keyboards to interact with these worlds. It is clear that there is a need for a new type of interaction with this new virtual world. A very promising solution lies in the emerging field of wearable technology. Manus Machinae, an Eindhoven-based start-up, currently…Read more...
PIZZA SESSION | Xilinx Zynq-7000 All Programmable SoC
Nov 18 2014
A Paradigm Shift for SoC-based Systems The Xilinx Zynq-7000 All Programmable SoC represents a relatively new alternative in the embedded landscape that addresses these challenges in a different way. This innovative device allows you to make hardware and software tradeoffs throughout the design phase and even after the design has shipped. The Zynq All Programmable SoC has a unique architecture that combines dual ARM Cortex-A9 processor cores with programmable hardware and programmable I/O on one piece of silicon. The architecture leverages familiar, SoC-like design tools and methodologies through the Vivado Design Suite, which provides multiple design entry points in C,…Read more...
Pizzasession lasers & optics: from Fantasy to Reality
Nov 19 2014
IAI industrial systems has been at the forefront of laser and optical systems technology for many years. IAI designs and supplies industrial production systems where laser, optics, precision mechanics and control software play a key role. Focus areas for IAI are: Security: systems for the application of laser-based security features into security documents. Specials, where IAI provides industrial solutions for niche markets. Kees Biesheuvel, our presenter of this pizza session, is working on a new application in the niche market “Diesel Nozzle creation”. This application, in which lasers create advanced spray holes in the nozzle, reduces emission and improves fuel efficiency.…Read more...