How it's made | the hand winch | step 1: design & test

How it's made | the hand winch | step 1: design & test

The entire production process starts with our colleague Jos. Jos is an engineer at Gebuwin, who mainly works with the SolidWorks program. The construction of a hand winch is fairly simple, but  small adjustments make a huge difference. In 18 years Jos has done quite some technical and aesthetic changes, see for example the worm gear winch from 1999 to 2018:

In addition to optimizing the current products, Jos also designs and tests new products. In order to be able to respond to the customer’s wishes, it is important to innovate and develop new products. This means that not only do we extend our standard products with new solutions, but that we also  develop a custom-made product at the special request of a customer.

There is a strong trend in the amount of applications for special winches. More often, the customer wants a winch that meets specific requirements. Customers regularly send requests for hoisting applications for which the standard Gebuwin winches are not entirely suitable. Often the existing design can then be adapted to meet the customers wishes. A number of examples are shown below.

Additionally, totally new designs have to be made on a regular basis. According to Jos, this is of course very nice to do as there is a specific need directly provided by that one product. Below are some examples, you can also find more information on our ‘custom made’ page:

Jos explains that Gebuwin cannot meet all custom-made requests. In most cases this has to do with the quantity of a new product and the costs that come with developing a special winch. Seeing as it is not always possible to develop a new lifting solution specifically for a customer, the standard Gebuwin product line is being expanded. By continuing to innovate and to follow developments in the market, Gebuwin is able to meet the customer’s needs better with the standard products.

The development of new products starts with collecting all requirements needed, looking at the developments in the market and brainstorming with the entire team. After it has been determined which product must appear on the market, Jos goes to work. Below are some examples of new products that have been added to our range during the past year, shown are the drill winch, low speed electric winch and the electric chain hoist:

Designing a prototype takes a lot of time as the right suppliers have to be found and the parts from the different suppliers have to work together as a whole. In addition to searching for the right parts, all (power) calculations and functionality requirements must comply fully. Jos tells us that besides the fact that the quality has to be of the highest level and functionalities of the product have to meet the requirements, the product must also look good, of course.

After the prototype has been made, it must then be tested on all functions such as lifting, lowering and braking. The safety factor (factor 4) is also tested:

When all the necessary tests have been completed, the design is adjusted, contracts with the suppliers are checked, the sales / marketing can be considered, the paper work can be started and the production process can finally begin.

Next week, together with my colleague Martijn, I am going to take a look at the first production process: sawing.