Science [&] Technology BV is a company that specializes in projects and product development at the cutting edge of science and (advanced) technology. For example, S[&]T translates technology developed for space missions into industrial applications. Employing highly trained personnel, S[&]T includes among its activities aerospace, defense and safety, oil and gas, the semiconductor industry, and life sciences. S[&]T runs its own projects, but it also places professionals at the disposal of businesses (companies/knowledge institutions, etc.) to provide support for their long or short-term projects.
S[&]T has headquarters in Delft and a branch office in Oslo to facilitate cooperation with the primarily Norwegian space industry. Very recently, a branch of S[&]T has also been set up in the Northern Netherlands. The activities of S[&]T in the north of the country began some time ago now, and S[&]T is presently fully integrated within several projects in the region in the Smart Factory domain (with parties including Philips and Fokker Technologies). In order to give such participation greater substance and to play an active part in the future roll-out of important initiatives in the Northern Netherlands region (e.g. “Northern Netherlands: Region of Smart Factories,” “Platform HTSM Noord,” and the “Innovation Cluster Drachten”), S[&]T has decided that it is vital to embed itself more firmly in the region by means of a physical branch.
S[&]T has found itself premises with the company KxA Software Innovations in Visvliet. It is a peaceful environment that provides the software engineers with full freedom to exercise their creativity in a building that previously housed the local primary school. Thus development, cooperation and growth will continue just as it did before at the school, albeit this time in a different way.
S[&]T & the Innovation Cluster Drachten
First of all, the Northern Netherlands branch of S[&]T will be focusing chiefly on Sensor Solutions, given that these are subjects that link together all of the aforementioned Northern Netherlands programs. S[&]T adopts a broad outlook on sensors; in theory, anything from which data can be generated can be considered a ‘sensor.’ The focus of the S[&]T engineers’ work is on that data; they process, combine and analyze the data (usually in great quantities or else complex in content) and turn the required information into a visual and useable format.
Very often, technology has also been used for this that was first developed for aerospace purposes but which have now been employed to make the industry ‘smarter.’ Using aerospace technology to make, for example, a more efficient electric shaver or cutting machine is an extraordinary thing, is it not?!
Joining the Innovation Cluster Drachten was an essential move for S[&]T; S[&]T is eager to lend its support to partners in innovative processes, it has a sufficient breadth of expertise to contribute, and it will certainly also benefit from implementing developments with partners and broadening the scope in respect of applications and sectors.