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Coordinator (Educational institute)

Saxion Hogeschool

Coordinator website

Year Established



Ariensplein 1, 7500 KB, Enschede (Netherlands)


Contact information

Dirk Bekke



TValley is a collaboration between knowledge institutions, governments and companies in the field of mechatronics and robotics. TValley was known under the name Mechantronica Valley Twente founded in 2001. TValley is in 2016 being revived with a broader and more ambitious goal; an integrated research and development roadmap on mechatronics, systems engineering and robotics. TVally is a nationally recognized Smart Industry Field Lab for digitalization of the industry and is a non-profit organisation.

The instigator Dirk Bekke is professor Mechatronics at Saxion University of Applied Sciences. In addition to mechatronic education and profiling of the high-tech industry in the east of the Netherlands, knowledge exchange takes place about concrete projects concerning robotics and smart industry.

Link to national or regional initiatives for digitising industry

Smart Industry;  TValley is a Field Lab of the national initiative for Smart Industry to enhance the digitalization and robotization degree in the manifacturing environment

NovelT; TVally is founded and headed in the board by the innovation trinity: Government, Companies, Research institutes. NovelT is the regional government sponsored institute in which innovation and business creation is institutionalized already in early 1980s'.

Holland Robotics; TValley is through it's partners member of Holland Robotics, the national intivative to coordinate an streamline R&D on robotics and related digital technologies: 

High Tech NL; Saxion is member of the High Tech NL society enhancing the high tech industry by initiation open innovation:

Space53: Saxion is co-founder of the Space53 testcentre for unmanned systems located at the former military-airport Twenthe:

EU Robotics: Saxion is member EU Robotics to coordinate the research on a european level:

Market and Services

Market sectors

  • Agriculture, hunting and forestry
  • Transport, storage and communication
  • Education
  • Health and social work
  • Manufacture of machinery and equipment
  • Manufacture of electrical and optical equipment

TRL Focus

  • TRL3 - Analytical and experimental critical function and/or characteristic proof of concept
  • TRL4 - Component and/or breadboard validation in laboratory environment
  • TRL5 - Component and/or breadboard validation in relevant environment
  • TRL6 - System/subsystem model or prototype demonstration in a relevant environment
  • TRL7 - System prototype demonstration in an operational environment
  • TRL8 - Actual system completed and qualified through test and demonstration
  • TRL9 - Actual system proven through successful mission operations

Services provided

  • Collaborative Researchs
  • Concept validation and prototyping
  • Testing and validation
  • Education and skills development

Service Examples

Precision Farming

The SME start-up company drone4agro ( developed a drone to spray crops, but the need was to do this autonomously. The  project Mavric was started in which the necessary technologies for this are developed: precision landing, autonomous charging, autonomous refilling, docking station technology, mission control. The technologies are developed on a TValley platform and together with the SME integrated in their prototype.

Navigation for Autonomous Systems

The company RIWO Engineering ( is an industrial system automation integrator and has several technologies integrated in guided vehicles for farming and industrie. New technology like Simultaneous Localization And Mapping (SLAM) is developed by TValley and within the project Mario incorporated in their automation system by which their systems become more competetive, use less installation time and have a higher degree of flexbility and autonomy and are able to cope with unstructured environments. 
In an alike project called SLAMming the technology is demonstrated to be able to map large environments for the construction industries and in the project MedicalRobotics and R5COP the technology is used to stear cleaning robots.

Collaborative Robots

The companies Bronkhorst High Tech and Benchmark Electornics assembly high tech flow meters respectively hand held devices. Their products are different, but assembly process is alike consisting of sensors, PCBs, connectors and housing. In the project RoboTAO the coopertion between robot and human is taken to the next level in order to embed cobots in this fine assembly process. Using an aile approach different end effectors, methodologies are used in the process steps to obtain knowledge how the robotization can be done for zero-defect single production.

Inspection & Maintenance

To ensure and imprve the environment national legislation demands exhaust measurements for the industries. Currently these measurements are done by humans climbing up the industrial exhaust pipes. With the project FAST a drone called the Flexible Air Sample Taker is developed together with industrial partners. The drone has two modules: one is capable of measuring and logging the air quality using various sensors for environmental questions but also during fires and other hazardous or inspection needs. The other module is capable of taking air samples and bringin this to the ground for detailed analysis. The proof-of-concepts reulted in a new product portfolio for being used by  industry, government, consultancy firms and fire brigade. 

Medical Robotics

Within the Project Medical Robotics several health care technologies are developed for regional SME like Demcon, Focal Meditech, Roessingh Research & Development ranging from a cleaning robot in the care to exoskelet for arm assistive excersises for revalidation purposes. Also an active wheel chair is developed, demonstrated and used in clinical tests in ordrr to prevent decubitis for elderly people. These proof-of-concepts developed by Saxion are validated, demonstrated and resulted in new prototypes.


Organizational form




Number of employees


Evolutionary Stage

In preparation

Geographical Scope



  • National basic research funding
  • Regional funding
  • Partner resources
  • Memberships
  • European Regional Development Fund



Partner Type



IMS International

Benchmark Electronics

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Large enterprise



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Voortman Steel Machinery

Partner Type

Large enterprise


Metric Control

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Riwo Engineering

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Robor Electronics

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Technological competences

  • Robotics and autonomous systems
  • Artificial Intelligence and cognitive systems
  • Location based technologies (e.g. GPS, GIS, in-house localization)
  • Augmented and virtual reality, visualization
Last updated: 04/09/18 06:40