Guardian angel to wear
As part of the global Omicron electronics group, ADRESYS Adaptive Regelsysteme Gesellschaft m.b.H. in Salzburg is a partner for occupational safety in the electrical sector. The company develops state-of-the-art products for testing in electrical high- and medium-voltage systems, as well as for occupational safety.
For its latest product, ADRESYS turned with confidence to its supplier Ginzinger electronic systems. The latter immediately changed from an EMS service provider to a full-service partner.
It happens faster than you think: A careless grip in the wrong place, or briefly losing your balance, you touch an electrical line and electricity flows. For electricians or people exposed to the danger of electrical voltages, this can have life-threatening consequences.
Providing maximum support for such activities was therefore the main reason for the company to develop the innovative ANGEL product.
Life saver to wear
ADRESYS then started its approximately three-year development and pioneering work for its Smart Textile ANGEL. In such a form there was no product on the market yet. ANGEL is an intelligent helper for the electrical industry and recognizes emergency situations in the electrical sector. The high-tech shirt is full of smart electronics. It detects accidents and alerts the emergency services. The complex algorithm, which only triggers in the event of contact with electricity, and also the issue of data protection were major challenges in the development, which ADRESYS successfully mastered.
In the event of contact with electricity, integrated electrodes in the cuffs of the shirt measure a voltage drop between the upper arms. This indicates that current is flowing and the device reliably detects an electrical accident or fall. Via Bluetooth, the connected smartphone app is activated. The last known GPS position, as well as the accident data, are automatically forwarded to in-house first responders.
In addition, the external emergency call center can be booked to call back. If the emergency center does not reach the victim, the rescue chain is automatically set in motion. The wearer of the smart T-shirt also has the option of sending an alarm manually at any time.
From EMS service provider to industrialization partner
ADRESYS develops design, housing, as well as the hardware and software of its devices itself. As an EMS partner, Ginzinger electronic systems has been working for ADRESYS for several years. For the new product, too, ADRESYS relied on Ginzinger's manufacturing expertise. As early as the prototype phase, Ginzinger and ADRESYS jointly analyzed the possibilities and potential for producing the product more efficiently and economically.
Ulrich Klapper, Managing Director of ADRESYS, comments: "Our decision fell immediately on Ginzinger. We appreciate Ginzinger because we could already rely on their competences in the past. The high quality of the products and the impressive know-how are decisive for us for the partnership. In addition, it is important for us to have partners from the region."
2021 production started at Ginzinger electronic systems after the field tests. In addition to EMS production and extensive testing of the electronic assemblies, Ginzinger also takes care of complete housing assembly, bonding, printing, electronic charging of the batteries and customer-specific packaging. The final packaged product leaves the factory fully charged, including installed software, the battery charging cradle, which is also produced at Ginzinger, and product packaging.
Converting Challenges into Solutions
A major challenge in the industrialization of electronic devices is that there can be constant changes and optimizations to the product, the housing, the function and the production process right up to series release.
For example, the optimal design of the ANGEL housing and the assembly and bonding of the electronics were more complex than initially thought. For example, the housing had to be gas-tight, since it is used directly on the body and must remain fully functional despite the user's perspiration. For efficient and rapid charging of the batteries for ANGEL, Ginzinger Prüfmittelbau developed and built its own charging station to be able to charge a complete batch of 280 lithium-ion batteries simultaneously.
Robert Hebertshuber, Test Equipment Development, explains: "A complete GeniusCharge is fixed in a charging cabinet with eight drawers by means of magnets on the underside of the charging contacts. This allows it to be charged all at once. Due to the high amperage required for the charging process, each drawer is extra fused. Should a short circuit occur on one level during charging, it is ensured that it is disconnected from the supply and cannot cause any further damage. A built-in overtemperature cutoff in combination with a smoke detector provides additional safety: It interrupts the complete power supply of the connected 90-amp power supply in the event of a trip."
fast on the market
ANGEL electronics are produced in large quantities at Ginzinger electronic systems in Weng im Innkreis. Due to the current challenges on the components market, critical components were procured at an early stage. This ensures seamless delivery capability right from the market launch. The rapid industrialization of this innovative product by ADRESYS builds on 30 years of experience in the development and production of electronic products.
ADRESYS Adaptive Regelsysteme Gesellschaft m.b.H., based in Salzburg, is a competent partner for occupational safety in the electrical sector. About 20 employees develop state-of-the-art products for testing in electrical high- and medium-voltage systems, as well as for the occupational safety of all those who have to deal with dangerous electrical voltages.
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Die ADRESYS Adaptive Regelsysteme Gesellschaft m.b.H. mit Sitz in Salzburg ist ein kompetenter Partner für Arbeitssicherheit im Elektrobereich. Rund 20 Mitarbeiterinnen und Mitarbeiter entwickeln modernste Produkte für die Prüfungen in elektrischen Hoch- und Mittelspannungsanlagen, sowie für die Arbeitssicherheit aller, die mit gefährlichen elektrischen Spannungen zu tun haben.
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