New in Continuous Variable Transmissions
Punch Powertrain makes transmissions, but not the kind we all know. It develops and produces a new generation of Continuous Variable Transmissions (CVTs). These are different because instead of the usual 4–6 gears, they have a continuous number of gears and a system that automatically adjusts the ratio for the best performance. Stefan Geusens, (age 44) has been working at Punch Powertrain for six months, and he has been at TMC for almost four years. He is contributing to the development of the control and software system for the newest generation of their CVT, called the VT5. “Engines are constantly…Read more...
Sustainability through renewable energy
Almost 4 years ago, Jan Gilot joined the TMC Chemical business cell. "I work as a Senior Research Scientist at Holst Centre in Eindhoven," Jan says. "On top of that, I work as a Renewables Development Engineer at the TMC office. Holst Centre is an independent open-innovation R&D centre, which is part of TNO. Our team develops technologies for the large area processing of organic solar cells. During the past 2,5 years I have been the work package leader for the European project X10D and the leader for applications and demonstrators within Solliance. I am also the coordinator of the…Read more...
Innovative application of CIGS solar cells
"Looking back at the past few years, solar cells and sustainability have been such an important part of my life. During my career – from the first research paper I have ever written, on to my bachelor thesis, master thesis and internship – I have focused on the applicability of solar cells. I am currently working as a researcher at TNO. One of our projects involves the search for an innovative application of CIGS solar cells. CIGS are best known as an alternative photoactive material in thin-film solar cells. It has the advantages of being able to be produced on…Read more...
Cell: Field Service
Meet the Service Manager II
On July 4th, TMC hosted the second edition of its ‘Meet the Service Manager’ summit: a platform for managers of teams that work in faraway places, in far-from-ideal circumstances. The Sulzer Turbo Center in Venlo was the impressive venue for the meeting. Host Chris de Wilde explained, “For over 40 years, the Sulzer’s Venlo branch has been active in the field of the revision of oil and gas-fueled turbines. These are giant machines (up to 80 tons) with a capacity of 100 MW and more. The rotors go round 24/7 at a high speed and with temperatures over 1,000 degrees…Read more...
Innovator in a conservative industry
Engineer Wouter van Dalen (31) is an atypical innovation manager—no well wrought one-liners suggesting intensive media training, no expensive suit showing that his tasks are PR-related. Wouter is a young professional who knows what he is talking about. Self-confident and passionate, he shares his views with Erwin Boutsma of Technisch Weekblad. In 2013, Wouter founded the R&D department at Seaway Heavy Lifting (SHL), a company that specializes in hoisting tall offshore installations. TMC opened this opportunity for him. And it is no simple task if you consider the conservativeness of this sector. As an innovator in a conservative industry, he…Read more...
Connect and inspire at Club Soda 24
Aug 28 2014
On August 28, Chemelot Campus and TMC will organize their first informal drink at the new Club Soda 24. This weekly recurring event will be held on every Thursday afternoon from 4.00 PM to 6.00 PM at building 24 on Chemelot Campus. TMC, active on Chemelot since November 2013, was challenged to contribute to its expansion. Chemelot and TMC initiated Club Soda 24 to bring together on- and off-campus companies, researchers and students. "The goal of Club Soda 24 is to connect, to inspire, and to stimulate the exchange of knowledge between companies, researchers and students in an open and…Read more...
Pieter Schelte – Speed Dates
Aug 14 2014
In June 2010 Allseas awarded the contract for building Pieter Schelte, it is a 382 m long, 124 m wide dynamically positioned (DP) platform installation / decommissioning and pipe lay vessel. When built, Pieter Schelte will have a topsides lift capacity of 48,000 tons and a jacket lift capacity of 25,000 tons. Her pipe lay tension capacity will be 2,000 t, doubling the capacity of Allseas’ Solitaire and thereby surpassing her as the world’s largest pipe lay vessel. As the major engineering partner to the Allseas Group, Bosch Rexroth has developed and engineered the drive and control system. Pieter Schelte can lift and transport topsides…Read more...
Overseeing the production process
Aug 28 2014
Paper systems grow (often unintentionally) due to several reasons: Processes are gradually expanded. Bit by bit an addition …; Hereby differences in systems arise (for instance different brands of PLC’s ); Differences arise between older and newer systems; Possibly different systems partially overlap and partially have an information gab. You are not overseeing the production process anymore. The simplest way to “connect” a large diversity of systems is by the use of paper. A paper interface grows by itself! Not always consciously or intentionally, but because the need for exchange of information is being recognized (implicitly). There is an enormous…Read more...