Committed and qualified professionals play a decisive role in our business of perfection. To find sufficient technical talent in the future, we maintain active contact with the field of education and pupils and students regularly visit our production site in Dirksland. We also sponsor the Formula Student Team in Delft and contribute to a pilot study by the local initiative Technieksucces.
The various initiatives supported by VDL TBP Electronics:
- the Formula Student Team Delft, including development of an electric racing car
- the GO-college on Goeree-Overflakkee (private secondary education in technology)
- TechniekSucces with the Lego Brainstorms at de Westhoek primary school in Ouddorp
Formula Student Team Delft
The setting is the Dreamhall on the campus of TU in Delft: this is where the Formula Student Team Delft designs and builds an electric racing car every year to compete in an international racing competition. For several years, tbp has sponsored this engineering challenge by offering DfX analyses and supplying printed circuit board assemblies (pcba’s) which improve the team’s performance. The strict deadlines, intensive teamwork and pressure to perform make the competition a perfect testing ground for learning. You can read more about this in our Way of Life newsletters (to be found in the newsroom).
Photo: © Formula Student Team Delft
Goeree-Overflakkee wants to be fully energy-neutral by 2020 This ambitious objective has led to many initiatives on the island. Energy Island, which was first organised in 2017, helped to unit all developments in the field of sustainable energy and innovation.
Innovative care was one of the sub-sessions, and was intended for secondary schools in the region. Ton Plooy (CEO of tbp) and Maja Rudinac (CEO & co-founder of Robot Care Systems) gave fascinating presentations. The venue was tbp’s own auditorium in Dirksland. Several year 6 secondary students from CSG Prins Maurits in Middelharnis provided information about their profile paper on healthcare You can read more about this in our Way of Life newsletter Way of Life number 42.
‘Children are the employees of the future’, according to Technieksucces. In a partnership with de Westhoek primary school in Ouddorp, Technieksuccess has initiated an educational pilot study at the school as part of the Smart Water programme on Goeree-Overflakkee. The aim is to make young people enthusiastic about technology and robotics. During the lessons, which have been specially developed, the children find out about programming, controlling robots and virtual reality headsets. As one of the enthusiastic sponsors of this local initiative, VDL TBP Electronics also provides a presentation. If the pilot succeeds, the teaching programme will be adopted by other primary schools on Goeree-Overflakkee.
‘Healthcare must be faster, better and cheaper and will change completely in the coming years', emphasizes Joost van Haperen, Managing Director of VDL TBP Electronics. ‘Technological innovations play an important role in this.’ With Design for eXcellence analyzes (DfX) in the early design stage and the production of printed circuit board assemblies (PCBAs), we are fully involved in technological healthcare innovations. Examples are the intelligent blood pressure monitors from Finapress and the digital hand scanner from Macawi (both subsidiaries of Demcon), eye surgery robot EVA from D.O.R.C. and facilities from Philips Healthcare.
Of course we are certified for the medical ISO 13485:2016.
With various measures, VDL TBP Electronics is reducing its own energy consumption. In 2016, local consultancy Energieke Regio carried out an energy scan with practical recommendations. These and other measures were elaborated in the Energy Reduction Plan, which already led to 10% savings in 2017. For example, we invested in insulating retaining walls for the plastic facade elements to save energy. Solar panels on the roof generate energy for production. The heating and cooling installations have also been adapted so that the residual heat from the machines can heat cooler rooms. And thanks to segmentation, timers, motion detection and LED lamps, we save a lot of lighting energy. A new vacuum pump, which only switches on when it is in use, also consumes less energy and there are now four charging stations for electric cars in our parking lot.
Sustainability is a structural point of attention. For an ISO 14001-certified company such as VDL TBP Electronics, this is self-evident.