Wireless charging has been around for a while, although we do not immediately think about it. For consumer applications, 'wireless charging' has gradually become commonplace and its use in industrial and automotive applications can therefore no longer be ignored. At this moment, E.D.&A. is applying wireless charging to a new development of a control unit with touch display.
This month E.D.&A. celebrates its 40th anniversary. 'A big party for E.D.&A.'s fortieth anniversary is not yet on the program in view of the corona measures, but there is reason enough to celebrate', echoes Gert D'Handschotter, owner and managing director at E.D.&A. Even in these strange times, we at E.D.&A. did not sit still. Our company building was doubled in size to 8.000 m². This was necessary to steer our growth in the right direction and to create sufficient space for all our (new) colleagues and additional machine lines.
Do you already bike to/from work? Or have you always wanted to try this? Especially for this, the '#ikfietsnaarhetwerk' week (I bike to work) is organized from June 14th-June 18th. Also for all home workers, so no excuse :-).
To manage our growth, we have invested in new machinery for an additional SMD line. The installation will take place as soon as the new building is completed in Q2 2021. The heart of the new SMD line consists of the NXT III from Fuji.
E.D.&A. did not send any Christmas cards or gifts at the end of 2020. We prefer to donate this budget to charity projects. This time we would like to support the organization Kom Op Tegen Kanker (Against Cancer).
We see it as our social responsibility to involve social enterprises for customised work. On the one hand, the social enterprises carry out tasks for us at their own workplace, and on the other hand, their people work for us on site. In the latter case, they come to our location in Kalmthout every day, just like other E.D.&A. employees.
Even in these strange times, we at E.D.&A. don't sit still. For example, our premises will be doubled in surface area to 8,000 m² by the end of March 2021. This is necessary to manage our growth and to create enough space for all our (new) colleagues and additional electronics production lines that will be delivered in April next year.
E.D.&A. has fine-tuned the proof of concept of the electronics for their electric, holographic fireplace. Our team is responsible for the design optimisation, the expansion, the complete production and the testing of the electronic controllers.
Our company building in Kalmthout will be doubled in surface area by the end of 2020/early 2021. This is necessary to be able to continue to grow and to create enough space for all our (new) colleagues and machines. At the moment the works are at a standstill due to the annual construction holidays, but everything will start again at the beginning of August.
It is not hard to see what makes 'voice' so attractive to both consumers and businesses to control machines and devices. It is user-friendly and the technology is getting better. What steps should be taken?
Production in China is not required. In order to follow the rapidly evolving market, Western European manufacturers of machines and appliances have different needs and challenges. E.D.&A. thinks ahead and explains how they do this.
At E.D.&A. we take various ESD measures (special coats, tables, etc) in and around our production room. What impact does ESD have on electronics? How can you control ESD in your workplace? What preventive actions should you take?
The installation of an additional ‘full compliant 3m SAC’ (Semi Anechoic Chamber) in the new building will enable our engineers to also take 'radiated emission' measurements in-house in full accordance with the applicable standards such as EN61000-6-3 or -4, CISPR14-1, CISPR32 and others.
Following national security council guidelines, E.D.&A. has decided to switch to working remotely as much as possible as of coming Monday. Our production facilities in Kalmthout guarantee the continuity of your deliveries.
For E.D.&A., the waste and recycling policy is not a new commitment; we remain dedicated to promoting a greener environment and creating less waste. E.D.&A. regularly acts in the interests of optimising the recycling policy.
Machine and equipment manufacturers do not buy ‘Internet of Things’, they buy a solution to a problem. Is the operation efficient enough? Is there sufficient communication speed for your application? Important questions in the step-by-step plan for a future-proof product.
E.D.&A. has developed a new and patented technology. No need for external LED drivers anymore. All required functionality combined into one controller board. (EC fan control, dimmable LED driver, RF communication, Wifi, Bluetooth, IoT, etc.)
When we think of computerisation, it may well be the further digitisation of the production process that first comes to mind. However, automation within other departments is also here to stay. Our accounting department is using Robotic Process Automation (RPA).
A manufacturer of water softeners wanted to make its devices accessible via the Cloud for dealers, end users and service technicians alike. Download the presentation and discover the process flow for this new custom electronic controller with an integrated Wi-Fi module. Tips & tricks for IoT applications.
One of our customers wanted to use the renowned VDE label on its end product. In this way, it can guarantee the end user that the operation of the product remains safe. As an important link in the supply chain of their end product, E.D.&A. underwent an extensive VDE factory audit for this purpose.
E.D.&A. again received the Factory of the Future Award. Every day we prove that manufacturing in Belgium is possible as long as you are willing to invest in people and automation. The jury was extremely impressed.
In January of 2019 we once again obtained ISO 9001:2015 certification. Three years ago, E.D.&A. was one of the first companies in the world to meet the ISO 9001:2015 standard. The new certification is valid until January 2022.
E.D.&A. attaches a great deal of importance to customer satisfaction, continuous improvement and to process and product innovation. In 2016 we could proudly say that we -as one of the first companies in the world- have managed to achieve the new ISO 9001:2015 standard. The more extensive recertification audit is currently on the program.
In early July, we replaced the selective soldering machine - for mechanical soldering of through-hole components on the circuit board - with a new, more elaborate model. This new selective soldering machine obviously increases capacity, but also flexibility.
When developing new electronic controllers, we are not only talking about technology but also about responding to the needs of users, environment and society. In the field of wireless communication, many technologies are available, each with their own pros and cons. We will walk through them briefly.
E.D.&A. is now also transitioning to inline functional testing. This step ties in with the further optimisation of the production process for our controllers. The result is reduced total turnaround time.
Together with E.D.&A., DiBO has developed an innovative control panel with burglar-resistant and touch-sensitive glass (capacitive buttons). We are now working together on a 4th generation of electronic controllers.
We are particularly pleased to be one of the first companies in Belgium to carry Belgium’s Best Managed Company quality label. This is an acknowledgement of the many years of effort made by the entire team.
E.D.&A. has bought a new 3D AOI machine and an X-ray machine. We are firmly committed to extensive process control for the production of our electronic controllers. That makes product quality an inherent part of the process.
In 2015 E.D.&A. launched the “Ultimate Platform”, which can be used as a solid basis for the operation and control of machinery and appliances. Now E.D.&A. has developed the first custom-made version of this new electronics platform, at the request of a renowned machine manufacturer.
Functional safety measures must protect people and the environment against faults in or failures of the electronic controller. This safety can be guaranteed by the correct design and testing methods, knowledge and extensive testing and certification programmes.