About the customer
Our customer supplies machines that maximise security by graphically and electronically personalising ID cards and passports. These machines are shipped to customers all over the world.
In addition to security-enhancing printing systems, the company also supplies laser processing systems for special applications. Personal data protection can prevent identity theft, a crime that devastates people’s lives. The concepts and systems that are used to prevent this have to satisfy extremely demanding requirements.
Our customer’s concrete question was whether VHE could build up an existing machine in a more modularly structured manner. The objective was to keep the machine modules universal and compact in spite of the differences in the components used for each module. In addition, the complete control platform had to be rigorously modified, which involved discontinuing old components and integrating new components. The limited space available for the control panels was the most difficult aspect of this assignment.
VHE has used Pro Panel, the three-dimensional add-on for EPLAN, for some time This add-on contains the dimensional information for all loose components. This allows us to integrate the electrical design within the mechanical layout of a machine with maximum efficiency.
The software makes it possible to identify a control panel’s space requirement at an early stage, which avoids unpleasant surprises during assembly.
We built and tested panels based on the customer’s circuit diagrams, taking into account the latest standards and guidelines. Installing these panels in the machines was also carried out by VHE project fitters, either on site or in our workshop. The complete process was supervised by the same VHE engineer who was responsible for the original design. These short lines of communication ensure maximum work efficiency.
The customer has already collaborated with VHE Industrial automation for various projects on several occasions in the past. We have always fulfilled or exceeded the customer’s expectations. So the customer came to us again with this requirement.
VHE now also offers the customer hardware design support for the control panels used for these machines, meaning that they satisfy the requirements for CE and UL marking.