To measure is to know. This is certainly true in soil testing. Take the measurement of soil moisture which happens a lot in the agricultural sector. Or for example, wind speed and humidity. All of that influences the crops as well. How does that work? And what type of sensors do you need for that? "To solve that kind of problem YDOC was created in 2011" says Remco Kleine with pride. "YDOC is a producer of data loggers that allows farmers to easily use the data from their data loggers for crop optimization."
"Even in 2011, all our dataloggers were remote, although there were only 2 models back then," Kleine laughs. "Nowadays, because of the different option boards, there are many more. Especially because we can send much more data. Our sensors are not always in easily accessible places. So data is sent via a mobile connection. The increase in bandwidth over the past few years means that a lot more is possible. Many customers only use a small part of all the possibilities, specifically for their needs. This while our data logger can record much more. For us this is an advantage because it makes our loggers suitable for a wide audience.
Additionally, our data loggers are modular. For instance, one runs on a battery and the other uses a solar panel. We have as many as 20 accessories that can be used to make our loggers suitable for all kinds of purposes.
Why outsource production to EPAC?
"That question is not difficult to answer," continues Kleine. "EPAC always delivers very quickly and the products are always of very high quality. We have noticed that they are sometimes twice as fast as other parties. This is partly due to the process that is fully digitized with full transparency.
EPAC is very flexible and behaves like a small company in that area, while it is quite a large company. That is why we now outsource our most complex data loggers to EPAC. We still outsource simpler models to other parties. This allows us to easily run multiple lines, without running the risk of encountering significant delays. We deliver the labeled components to EPAC ourselves. All they have to do is scan them. In this way, we ensure that the chance of errors is minimal.
On top of that, EPAC sometimes buys components that are difficult to obtain for us because they have good access to the current components market. That is the perfect way for us to be unburdened. In addition to a quality PCBA, we always receive a clear FMEA report with points for improvement from production. Thanks to this feedback, we can make future designs of our PCBs even better!"