Domel was one of the winners at the today’s presentation of national awards conferred by the Slovenian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCIS) as part of the Innovation Day held by the CCIS under the slogan “NEW INNOVATIONS, NEW REALITY”. After receiving the regional golden award, the company’s completely new water pump concept for cooling battery packs and propulsion motors in electric vehicles also received the golden award at the national level. CCIS’s national awards for innovation are the country’s highest accolades for the innovative achievements of Slovenian companies and other organisations, and thus promote innovation in Slovenia.
The MP 150 pump is designed to operate in a cooling medium, a mixture of glycol and water. It was developed to be used in e-vehicles for long-term cooling of battery pack and propulsion electric motors. The completely new pump concept and their innovativeness is confirmed by Domel’s customers. Their specifications exceed the most stringent requirements imposed by the manufacturers of e-vehicles. We are delighted that vehicle manufacturers (OEMs) have recognised the product as very innovative and marketable, and that our planned production capacities are already fully allocated. In this way, we are actively involved in the development of a new generation of electric vehicles.
Domel was also involved in the second golden award for developing a highly efficient motor in a joint project with Hidria, entitled Electronically Commutated Fans EC R18.
Congratulations to all who took part in both innovations.
EC Systems, a business unit operating independently since 1998 under the able leadership of Mr Lojze Demšar, stands out as one of the most successful units within the Domel company. EC Systems manages its own sales, development, technology and quality control, while central services like planning, procurement and logistics support them.
Team and Work Environment
Currently, around 70 dedicated employees are involved in EC Systems’ programmes, primarily hailing from the Selška Dolina region and the vicinity of Škofja Loka. They operate cohesively as a team, conducting regular monthly programme meetings and weekly troubleshooting sessions. The department maintains a seamless flow of information, fostering a productive working atmosphere.
At the end of each year, the sales, development and production leaders present the results of the past year and outline plans for the upcoming year to all employees, including production workers. This inclusive approach ensures that everyone understands their roles and contributions. Additionally, the team comes together twice a year for a summer picnic and a pre-New Year celebration. In the winter, some colleagues even gather for Tuesday evening football matches, strengthening their bonds outside of work.
EC Systems predominantly specializes in fume extraction systems , followed by industrial vacuum cleaners, fuel cells, washing disinfectors and printing machines. Over the last three years, they have actively engaged in hydrogen technology, offering comprehensive solutions for air supply and pumps for hydrogen recirculation. This commitment aligns with their efforts to contribute to a greener future by reducing carbon footprints and preserving the environment for future generations.
In 2023, the largest markets for EC Systems are:
EC blowers find applications wherever:
a) long lifetime is essential, with their minimum expected operational time of 20,000 hours;
b) where the absence of brush dust is required, unlike traditional vacuum units;
c) precision control is required.
The EC blower&pump product range covers various voltages (low voltage, high voltage, DC and AC), with blowers ranging up to 2,500W in power. A global EC blower has been introduced operating at 100–240V, along with CAN communication capabilities for seamless integration with other systems.
EC Systems actively fosters innovation, generating numerous proposals, some of which have received awards. Notably, two Gold Award recipients hail from this business unit.
Since July 2020, a new expansion has been in place to accommodate increased production needs.
EC Systems establish a flexible medium-volume production approach, enabling the assembly of various products within a single shift. Since 2014, they’ve operated on two shifts. This year is expected to see a production increase of approximately 10%. They produce over 300 different blower concepts, necessitating an exceptionally flexible production process.
Sales and Development
Regular market trend monitoring guides EC Systems’ sales strategy, with a focus on identifying market needs before embarking on new product development. They currently serve over 250 different customers. All aspects of product development, including electronics and motor development, are carried out in-house. The development encompasses mechanical, electrical and software aspects.
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