R&D developments during 2017: one year in review
At REGNER®, the method is participatory. A plethora of engineers of various disciplines: design, mechanical, electric, telecom, along with workshop technicians and interns collaborate as a team every day. The REGNER® way of thinking goes that working together means working better: more brainstorming sessions, more ideas, more cultural and generational diversity, more experience exchange, knowledge and creativity. At the heart of the R&D process we find Robert Camós pumping life into it and boosting a healthy research culture within the organization.
Robert belongs to the group of electronic engineers who enjoys exploring new territories to see where they will go. While most people are hesitant about diving into new fields of technology, he is very eager to test theories and turn them into applicable solutions for real situations. He is this kind of engineer that relishes in doing applied research and is passionate and excited about what he does.
As Head of R&D, he works through challenging tasks, providing focus to other members of his team with the aim of ensuring that all the technological research projects keep moving forward. He has that power to make things happen in this department. He keeps track of all of them until completion.
For him, R&D is the translation of an idea or discovery into a solution that addresses a need. One might think that there is a precise set of tools, which allows for flawless research projects, but the reality is that there is no such thing. Sometimes you have to close the project without reaching your original goals.
When you enter in research, the first thing that others tell you is that there is not any assurance in this kind of activity. Likewise, when you sign a contract with a research institution, one of the clauses that always appears is related to the inherent risk of R&D. In other words, the research center is committed exclusively to carrying out the development according to the specifications agreed to by both parties in the proposal without guaranteeing any kinds of result.
Outreach and engagement
In this year that is finalizing Robert and his team have gone through all kinds of moments: some not very pleasant because they did not obtain the results they expected after months of research, some much better because progress has been made and a few in which we could called funny moments.
One such funny moment that his department is sure not to forget is one time when temperature-sensitive ink arrived from the USA, as luck would have it, on Friday just when we were all about to head home for the evening. Nearly simulating organ-transplant conditions, we had to scurry about to find emergency transport for this tiny box to a center for the weekend which could provide the chilled ambience it needed so we could work with it on Monday in prime conditions.
On another occasion that still makes us chuckle happened in Germany when two team members waited with abated breath for the result of our certification testing. Still not sure of whether we passed or not, the testing operator finally said, “Coffee is coming.” A bit perplexed, he clarified his intention by excusing themselves for not having champagne on hand to toast to our certification acceptance, so we had to toast with coffee instead.
It is this kind of light-heartedness with which they face what otherwise could be tense moments and this positive attitude with which REGNER® R&D takes things as they come.
As the year draws to an end, REGNER® is reflecting on the innovation stories and news that have shaped 2017. Here are some of those moments:
REGNER® signs a collaboration agreement with INNOVA EXPERTS to strengthen our R&D management system applying UNE 166000 standards.
The set of standards UNE 166000 are dedicated to supporting the optimization of the R&D management in organizations. Particularly, the standard UNE 166001 establishes the requirements related to the planning, organization, execution and control of R&D projects, whereas the standard UNE 166002 defines the requirements with which an R&D management system must comply.
This agreement will have a direct effect in 2018 as INNOVA EXPERTS will support REGNER® to achieve the compliance of the requirements of these standards with the aim to be granted with the relevant certification.
As part of its objective of constant improvement, REGNER® considers the review and measurement of all its activities to be vital. External audits represent the best tool for measuring the progress of the company.
SGS renews the certifications for REGNER®’s management systems:
- ISO 13485:2010 Medical Devices Management
- ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management
- ISO 14001:2004 Environmental Management.
A new collaboration with KARLSRUHE INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, also known as KIT, is consolidated. The development of viable technologies and their use in industry and society are the cornerstones of KIT’s activities. KIT supports innovation and entrepreneurial culture in various ways.
The aim of this collaboration is to develop a totally new safe solution following legal safety and German environmental road standards.
On the 23rd, REGNER® signs a strategic partnership agreement with INGENIA MOTION CONTROL. Together the two companies will work on a high-performance motion control system placing importance on power dissipation, space constraints, noise and EMI.
INGENIA MOTION CONTROL provides state-of-the-art motion technology, which includes high power density servo drives and power control techniques for servo motors, both with DC brush and brushless.
On the 18th, REGNER® is awarded with an honorable certificate for their participation in the Industrial Doctorates Program by the Catalan Government. This certification represents recognition from the Department of Enterprise and Knowledge of our company’s expertise and skills in research and development.
REGNER® is proud to conduct research focused on the medical field in collaboration with Xavier Rosell, Professor at the Department of Electronic Engineering from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), Barcelona Tech.
REGNER® received the Reasoned Report accreditation by the Spanish Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness regarding the design and development of a totally new electronic system intended to augment social inclusion and independence for people with reduced mobility. This certification represents a recognition for the nature of the R+D activities.
Implemented for the first time in 2004, this generic measure aims to support enterprises conducting research and development. The Spanish tax authority allows eligible research-based companies, who are subject to corporate tax in Spain, to benefit from significant tax break depending on the costs incurred in their projects.
The accreditation was granted after the evaluation of the REGNER® research report submitted in 2016. The reasoned report is valid for the years from 2016 to 2018.
A new joint collaboration with TECNALIA Research & Innovation headed by Fernando Gómez is consolidated this year. TECNALIA is the first privately funded applied research & technology organization in Spain and one of the leading centers in Europe. Together we will carry out a joint research project on a motion control system.
The main desired result is to develop a new solution for health care users. Both organizations will exchange and offer their knowledge in this field.
As Robert and his team members look ahead, it appears that 2018 will be a demanding year abundant in exhausting labor and toil for all of them. They will redouble their efforts to make sure that the progress in innovation continues to ensure life-improving technologies.