Method

Method

Method

Method

Our 8 steps to success

Whether it concerns an optimisation project, the design and realisations of a unique machine, or the integration of a robot in your production, the base of our method consists of 8 clear steps. We always determine the start and end point of a project together. These steps fall under our core activities of concepting, engineering and realisation.

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As a client, you are intensively involved throughout the entire process by means of regular design reviews. This way, we make optimal use of your knowledge and experience about the business processes and products.

Step 1: Inventory

During the inventory, we map out the wishes and requirements. Among other things, we look at critical factors that can negatively influence the process or product quality.

Step 2: Pre-engineering

Often there is no clear solution yet, in which case we start with a pre-engineering project. In this we work out various solutions that carefully compare with each other. Our customers are often pleasantly surprised by the concepts we devise for them.

Step 3: Proof of Concept

Sometimes it is necessary to demonstrate a working principle or to build a prototype. In a test phase, we carefully test the concept and adjust it where needed. We can quickly manufacture parts of build a prototype in-house.

Step 4: Detail Engineering

During the detail engineering we develop the concept into a final design in CAD. We are convinced that joint knowledge and experience leads to the best end result, which is why we have regular design reviews. Afterwards, the design and IP are in hands of the client.

Step 5: Manufacturing

When the design is approved and released, our programmers edit and translate the CAD drawings into CAM programs for the multi-axis CNC lathes and milling machines. All parts that can be produced in-house are produced on these machines.

Step 6: Assembly

As soon as all manufactured and purchased parts are ready, the mechanical and electrical construction of the machine starts in our assembly hall. At this point, we also add the software.

Step 7: Testing and releasing

We are happy to do this important phase together. We intensively test the operation of the machine and optimise it where necessary. When we are both completely satisfied, we proceed to the official release.

Step 8: Installation

After the release, we install the machine at the client’s location or hand over the machine to the local technical service. Users receive extensive instructions and we hand all necessary information over. The machine is now ready for use in production.

Experiences

Satisfied clients

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The cooperation of STT is very valuable in our innovation projects. In these kinds of projects, collaboration, prototyping, testing, learning and taking the next steps in an open and honest collaboration is of great importance. STT has fulfilled this in a very good way.

Mentor Medical Systems

Fabian Akerboom, Engineering Manager
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At Quooker we have traditionally made our own prototyping tools and production machines. We are now working together with other machine builders. STT is the first party with whom we build machines that we did not dare to think of ourselves. This makes it refreshing to work with STT’s resourceful engineers on our production challenges.

Quooker Netherlands

Micha Disselkoen, Manager new product development
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We have been doing business with STT to our satisfaction for years, my experience is that  STT works very customer-oriented, comes up with innovative ideas on how to solve technical problems and then implements the solutions robustly. Their strenght is the ‘In-house manufacturing of Parts’, which makes them fast and flexible in solving problems. We now have several machines or parts of machines in production that are running to our satisfaction.

Philips Consumer Lifestyle

Jeroen Palmen, NPI project lead
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As a manufacturer of contact lenses, we are constantly looking to improve, accelerate and optimise our production processes. The employees of STT have a great passion for technology and are the right partner for us to help with creative brainstorming, making test setups and realising machines.

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Bert Jan Schutten, Project lead R&D

Success stories

We are proud of:

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Cases

Double robot setup

This unique machine is designed for assembly work as part of a larger production line. The set-up is equipped with, among other things, two 6-axis Omron robots, a product carousel, supply and discharge conveyors and a control station.

The robotic arms each have a clear task in the process. The first robot is equipped with a quadruple vacuum gripper. This moves four plastic parts from the supply conveyor to the carousel. The second robot has a single fine-mechanical, servo-controlled gripper with which a metal part is picked up from the feed and clamped in the plastic part.

The assembled parts make their way to the quality control station and then return to the first robot. This places the approved products in a tray on the discharge conveyor and removes the rejected products from the process.

The entire setup is placed in an STT Universal cell. This cell is fully scalable and can be arranged as desired. For this arrangement, three sides have been made accessible with doors and one side remained open for optimal accessibility.

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Cases

Precision drilling setup

This machine very accurately drills holes with a diameter of only 0,15mm in small and fragile implant lenses. This hole is used for attaching brackets to the lens. The brackets will fuse with the eye tissue and keep the lens in place.

The drilling can be precisely monitored with the help of a camera placed next to the drill.

This project was completed in 2017.