Test equipment maker Fluke has combined seven offices into a new European headquarters in Eindhoven, the Netherlands.
The site on the Brainport Industries Campus includes a 400sqm customer experience centre to showcase Fluke’s test and measurement tools in different environments.
Fluke is part of the 2016 Fortive spinout from conglomerate Danaher alongside oscilloscope maker Tektronix and had seven offices in the country as the result of the 1993 purchase of the testing and measuring device division of Philips.
The environments set up at the European HQ include a small factory set up, an Industrial Island complete with a motor driven pump pushing water in a closed-loop system, a traditional data centre, as well as a window into networking of the future with communications cabling channelled through our ceiling tile infrastructure. There is a miniaturised high-voltage substation complete with intricate 3D printed scale models and a tesla coil to simulate partial discharge.
Next to a complete electrical and temperature Calibration lab environment, there is an electrical workshop including a solar cell with stationary battery completed by a window onto a driveway and electric vehicle charging unit set up.
“What we wanted was for customers to experience our tools in an environment as close to reality as possible to show where and how our products are used, and provide the opportunity to deliver training,” said Eric van Riet, strategic support and training manager at Fluke.
“The best way to offer training is to do so in a hands-on environment such as this. If customers are unable to attend in person, we can make demonstration videos to show the best of our equipment,” said van Riet. “Ultimately, we want people to come and play.”
“Our European Experience Centre would not have been possible without the support of some truly brilliant partner agencies who helped make this dream a reality,” said van Riet. “Companies like Hager who assisted the team with all distribution panels, Endress&Hauser who generously shared their demonstration model, Sulzer and Eriks for creating the Industrial pump setup and Siemens for the automation section.”
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