Towards a fully automated production environment
The manufacturing automation product line is part of the Industrial Automation program which focuses on our goal of a Lights Out Factory. The product line is responsible for the development of manufacturing processes to minimize human intervention, cycle times, risks and costs. In the Industrial Automation program, there are several projects working towards our goal, such as the Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV), an in-house developed Manufacturing Execution System (MES) and automated test environments.
The best part of my job is the possibility to create new things. Together with a group of software, electrical and mechanical engineers, I am responsible for the manufacturing automation of Prodrive Technologies. That means that it is our job to define, develop and realize automated solutions in order to increase quality, create short throughput times and work towards an unmanned production environment. The combination of engineering, testing and the integration with other disciplines is one of the things that drives me most.
Currently, we are working on a new platform which allows us to develop generic building blocks within software, electronics and mechanics. Our main focus is the automation of functionalities in order to easily create automated assembly lines for high volume production. Examples of functionalities are automated dispensing, pick and place, laser-marking and screwing.
Another important building block is the automation cell, which can be used for every functionality. The cell exists of a base plate, safety enclosure, product transport equipment and interfaces to mount a robot arm, vision set-up or cartesian system. Next to the mechanical properties, the manufacturability and ability to transport the cell, which allows the production environment to assemble the cells fast and easy, is of high importance.
The cell also contains an electrical and pneumatical control cabinet. These cabinets are designed such that every automation cell contains the same components, but the implementation of control for specific equipment in the automated solution remains easy. Using similar cells for different functionalities is helpful for problem solving and maintenance.
With these building blocks, our own developed software architecture and the building blocks described above, it is possible to realize an automated production environment very quickly.
The combination of technical knowledge, a vision and even fantasy in some cases, can lead to the coolest things
Mechanical engineer profile
- BSc, BEng or MSc Mechanical Engineering
- Familiar with 3D mechanical design software – preferably Siemens NX
- Knowledge of systems design, structural analysis and design principles
- Affinity with design for manufacturability (DFM)
Pros and cons
- Possibility to invent new things
- Work with multiple disciplines within the organization
- Being responsible for your own designs
- Being part of the complete product development cycle
- Free lunch, dinner and fruit
The Prodrive Technologies Mindset
You don’t just go to work, you feel responsible for your project
You decide when, where and how much you want to work
You like to think about manufacturability when designing
You don’t sit and wait, you have a hands-on mentality
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What we offer
- Perfect environment for people willing to take full responsibility in a project
- Unlimited growth opportunities and freedom in taking different roles in different projects
- We are open 24/7 and provide lunch, dinner and a company gym
- Young and dynamic culture
- Unlimited personal budget for training courses, classes or studies
- We keep management positions to a minimum, so there is virtually no hierarchy
- Create your future with your own personal development plan
- Tools and equipment such as an iPhone, iPad and laptop
- The flexibility to work wherever and how much you want
- Salary that grows with your performance
- Opportunity to become a shareholder and entrepreneur in the company
- Travel allowance based on the days you are actually at Prodrive
- 31 Holidays
- Money for retirement
- Distribution of profits
- We’ll take a look at your application as soon as possible.
- You will receive a link to Prodrive Technologies’ online aptitude test to see if you’re up for the challenge.
- We will set you up for a personal interview to ask you difficult questions about yourself. Afterwards, others will ask you some more difficult questions about your expertise. We will immediately decide if we will make you an offer after the interviews.
- When there’s enough time left, we will discuss employment conditions directly after the interviews.
- If you survived everything, only your signature stands between you and being a Prodriver.