Black Light & White
On Saturday December 13th the Classic Park in Boxtel hosted TMC's Annual Year End Party. Classic cars set the scene for a festive get together of TMC's employeneurs and staff. In his opening CEO and founder Thijs Manders glanced on a very fruitful year for TMC. The company is recognized for the quality of its employeneurs which is the basis for the good and solid financial performance. The introduction of the business model in Belgium in 2014 has been very successful as well as that the number of new projects at new customers for TMC as a whole has grown…Read more...
Cell: Manufacturing support
Heijmans & TMC cooperating in Glowing Lines Project
A few weeks ago it was revealed that the so-called ‘Road of the Future’ (N329) in Oss (The Netherlands) has got its Glowing Lines back. After some months of product development, we, the innovation team, have taken a big step towards a fully-developed product. In cooperation with Studio Roosegaarde, Heijmans has developed a vision, called Smart Highway, on leading the conservative world of road construction towards using new products. At the beginning of the year I was asked to help Heijmans with developing a range of innovative ideas into a real product. In order to speed up and empower the existing…Read more...
Team-spirit united in a domino stone
“It all started with a piece of cardboard,” Mechatronics' Employeneur Sara van der Hoeven laughs. “When I signed up for this project, I never imagined that so many people, including myself, would benefit.” After finishing her study in physics, Sara developed in the field of mechatronics. When the management of TMC came with an interesting in-house project, Sara didn't hesitate and applied. “The assignment was to develop a challenging game in which multiple disciplines of TMC cooperate”, Sara says. A team was formed rapidly. Sara continues: “We started brainstorming and had the idea to create a 'domino face'. Other…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 VTEC LASERS & SENSORS
Dec 17 2014
This pizzasession will be held by (former TMC employeneur) Martijn Boerkamp. Integrated Photonics is the field of physics that makes use of chips that can guide and manipulate light. The goal of this pizza session is to inform the TMC community on the latest developments in integrated photonics at VTEC Lasers & Sensors and to discuss potential applications and collaborations. Integrated Photonics Photonic chips can be used for example to generate information for the next generation of high speed internet or it can be used to create miniature integrated lasers or complete lab-on-a-chip environments. This technology is seen…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...