2019/06/04

The knowledge power of SGB-SMIT group meets in Nijmegen for the tri-yearly TechMeet-up.

In June 2019, the Q2 R&D TechMeet-up was hosted at Royal SMIT HQ in Nijmegen, Netherlands.
At SGB-SMIT group, we believe sharing knowledge is power. As the company grows, we are acquiring more and more knowledge and talent that is situated across the globe, and as a group we understand the need for knowledge dissemination and creating a central knowledge database. During the Q2 TechMeet, colleagues from all our BU’s across Europe and South Africa joined either in person or via teleconference. The main session runs through 2 days where different business units in the group discuss and showcase their projects and impressive achievements in the field of innovation and continuous improvement. This time a workshop was added the first 2 half days about grid developments for the future, given by a professor from the University of Leuven Belgium.

The Q2 TechMeet revealed the highly coveted R&D plan for Royal SMIT, which falls under the BU of Large Power Transformers. The R&D plan has been developed in-line with the market needs in consultation with the customers and commercial department. Of course, we won’t be revealing yet to the outside world what our talented R&D department is working on, but rest assured we are working on topics that not only think about a more sustainable tomorrow, but also bringing Royal SMIT to the next era in digital utilities.

In order to be more dynamic and give the global R&D team a real world perspective, a visit to the TSO of The Netherlands, TenneT in Arnhem, was organized during which the manager of the grid control centre himself gave an overview on how the transmission grid is run in the Netherlands, and what are the different nuances that need to be taken care in order to achieve an impressive 99.99% uptime! Also, Tennet’s transformer specialist gave an outlook to the future of transformers from TenneT’s viewpoint. This was an excellent opportunity for the team to understand the crucial role Transformers play in the grid, as well as reaffirm the R&D plan.

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