Van Beek is working on making its Dino mobile bulk truck loader ‘smart’. For example, company is equipping its Dino with sensors that will be able to predict when maintenance will be needed. In order to avoid reinventing the wheel,Van Beek is working with a partner which is sharing its vision and its extensive expertise in the area: UVS Industry Solutions. Eveliene Langedijk, director of UVS Industry Solutions, explains why it was decided to develop the Dino 4.0.
UVS Industry Solutions was set up in 2001 and focuses on cost-saving maintenance. An important part of this is to predict when maintenance is necessary — preventative maintenance. To date, this has mainly been done based on averages: a bearing is usually due for replacement after X number of operating hours. “A logical next step is to equip machines with sensors that measure when a bearing actually needs replacing,” explains Langedijk.
SAVING COSTS WITH SMART INDUSTRY
Many companies therefore found using Smart Industry was another way of making further cost savings. “Smart Industry is not an aim in itself. The ultimate aim is cost saving and a better service to the client and technology is a means of doing this,” says Langedijk.
Because UVS Industry Solutions soon saw the endless possibilities in this area, the company became an ambassador for Smart Industry in the Netherlands. This means that the company is very busy with all sorts of innovative technological developments such as vision systems, GPS & RFID (radio-frequency identification) within production environments and industry. “The intention is to look further. What else is possible and how do we translate that into something our clients can use?” explains Langedijk.
PIONEERS AMONG THEMSELVES
At a meeting about Smart Industry Langedijk got into conversation with Van Beek-director Perry Verberne. “It seemed a good match. Van Beek has long been toying with the question of how to apply Smart Industry and we soon agreed that the Dino is particularly suitable for this.”
SMART INDUSTRY IS CUSTOMIZED TOO
For every machine, Langedijk takes a good look at where is the
best place to fix the sensors. “This involves a lot of questions.
What exactly do you want to measure? What is the machine
used for and what forces are exerted on it? What is an optimum
position for the sensors? They must not of course get in the
way. You also want as few sensors as possible because otherwise
the whole machine is full of them.”
BETTER SERVICE AND BETTER DINO
This contributes to a better customer service and an improved
Dino. Services are limited to a minimum because they will only
be carried out when it is really necessary. Parts are replaced just
At the same time,Van Beek can collect data on how the Dinos
perform in the field and respond to this. Who knows, an electric
motor may be able to tackle the transport of a particular
product much more easily than was assumed to date, and future
Dinos can be equipped for the same application with a lighter
and cheaper motor. Perhaps it appears that operators turn off
the Dino much too often with the emergency stop instead of in
the normal way, then Van Beek can point this out to extend its
“This is also a process of awareness-raising,” says Langedijk.
“Meanwhile more and more companies understand that in the
end this gives a machine that is better tailored to the wishes of