The Young Precision Network (YPN) visited DEMCON - visitors report
11 February 2015
Demcon is a high-end system supplier with high-tech systems and medical devices as focus areas. In 20 years, Demcon has grown from a spin-off company of the University of Twente, employing only 2 people, towards a multidisciplinary system supplier that supports clients with a wide range of competences, employing over 200 people. Nowadays, Demcon can meet the entire needs of its clients, from proof of principle, prototype and pre-production to serial production. Chris Nieuwenhuis, groupleader of the Mechanical engineering department, welcomed us and discussed the importance of innovative cooperation.
"Demcon = innovation" stated Nieuwenhuis. Demcon's main business is contract research and development for its clients, so being "innovative" is essential. Despite the wide range of competences, cooperation with specialized companies is important in the successful realization of Demcon's projects. To demonstrate the importance of innovative cooperation, Demcon presented four typical projects in which innovation and cooperation with other companies were successfully applied.
The first presentation was about the development of coriolis mass flow measuring instruments that are able to measure very tiny flows. Environmental vibrations might disturb the flow measurements. In cooperation with the University of Twente, a solution has been development in order to reduce the impact of these vibrations on the flow measurements.
In a second presentation, Demcon told about the development of a handheld tool for making fiber optic telecom connections in the field. This innovative tool is able to execute all process steps required to prepare a fiber and adding a custom telecom connector to it. The tool has been development in cooperation with a lot of partner companies.
The visit continued with a presentation about the development of a water positioning system for use in an ultra-high vacuum and non-magnetic environment. Some high-end engineering solutions were necessary in order to meet the requirements, such as dedicated metal shields to make the use of linear Lorentz motors as an actuator possible.
The final presentation was about an innovative handscan device for detecting Rheumatoid arthritis. In particular, testing of the prototype for medical use has been done in cooperation with a strategic partner.
The visit ended with a tour to the engineering laboratories, production facilities and, last but not least, the canteen, where the visitors had plenty of time to chat with each other and discuss the technical presentations of the afternoon.