Rien Koster award

Biannual the works of an expert, active for many years in precision engineering is awarded by the prof M.P. Koster award. It is an all works price (oeuvre) with clear results, internally and externally seen and the winner pass on enthusiasm to colleagues, has design competence, is creativity, works on image of profession, made publications, is a person who likes to collaborate and shares his knowledge.

Winner of the Rien Koster Award 2019 is Hans van de Rijdt

The Rien Koster Award is given to a mechatronics engineer/designer who has made a significant contribution to the field of mechatronics and precision engineering. The award was handed out for the seventh time on Wednesday, 13 November 2019, and this time the focus was on the depth and breadth of the mechatronic design discipline. On behalf of the judges chaired by Ton Peijnenburg, Manager Systems Engineering at VDL ETG, Hans van de Rijdt was presented with the Rien Koster Award for his merits as a developer of multidisciplinary and straightforward concepts for high-tech systems that score well on manufacturability and cost.

Hans van de Rijdt holding the certificate of the Rien Koster Award. The award’s namesake shows the associated trophy, made by students of the Leidse instrumentmakers School. (Photo: Mikrocentrum)

The award went to Hans van de Rijdt for his merits as a developer of multidisciplinary and straightforward concepts for high-tech systems that score well on manufacturability and cost.

On behalf of the panel of judges, Rien Koster, after whom the award is named, presented the award to ing. Hans van de Rijdt, of Van de Rijdt Innovatie, based in Gemert (NL).

From patient table to asparagus harvester

After his mechanical engineering studies at the HTS Eindhoven, Van de Rijdt joined Philips CFT, where he worked on many different topics, including the transport system of a placement machine for electronic components and a patient table for radiotherapy. In 1997 he started his own company, Van de Rijdt Innovatie, and since then he has worked for a variety of clients. For example, he developed the concept for a pathology scanner by Philips Healthcare, Sioux CCM and Frencken. He designed the architecture for various NXP production systems and elaborated the concept for a new ASML wafer stage. He also made important contributions to the concept of an asparagus harvester by Cerescon.

Multidisciplinary system thinking

According to the panel of judges, Van de Rijdt’s concepts bear witness to multidisciplinary system thinking. “He makes careful use of mechanics, electrical engineering, metrology and control technology to arrive at an optimum design. At the same time, he considers the manufacturability and the cost price, and he often manages to achieve significant cost-price reductions with his design approach. Moreover, he usually comes with multiple options, so that clients have something to choose from, and his designs are often remarkably simple. He creates no-nonsense solutions that make everyone comment, ‘That’s right, this is how you should do it’.”

Professional and modest

On the criterion of ‘relevance’, Hans van de Rijdt’s input leads to usable, marketable products, the production of which generates a lot of high-quality employment, the panel judged. “Finally, he combines a professional appearance with a modest attitude. Van de Rijdt Innovatie is hired by numerous companies, in many cases for just one day a week. Yet he is often the guiding factor in a design team of five to 20 people. In addition, he remains relatively modest as a person. He also offers his time to the High Tech Institute as a training coach for manufacturability. All in all, the jury has every reason to award the Rien Koster Award 2019 to Hans van de Rijdt for the intelligent and intensive way in which he has been practicing his profession for 30 years.”

Hall of Fame

2019 Hans van de Rijdt Van de Rijdt Innovatie
2015 Peter Rutgers Demcon
2013 Henny Spaan IBS
2010 Huub Janssen JPE
2008 Jan Nijenhuis TNO
2006 Piet van Rens Vision Dynamics
2004 Rine Dona 
2002 Theo Heeren OCE
2000 Rien Koster Philips Apptech


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