Visiting Permobil in Timrå

Visiting Permobil in Timrå

Regner® Editorial Team

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It is not often that one of your potential customers calls to ask you to go and visit their offices. It is even more surprising when the customer in question is a leader in the Complex Technology Rehabilitation segment of the electric wheelchair business. This is exactly what happened on the morning of 10 April when Johan Svedjebrant, director of the Permobil Purchasing Group called us to ask about our REGNER® linear actuators with feedback.Svedjebrant led the engineering team’s value analysis activities which aimed to optimize the strategy of the purchases for his segment.

After a series of conversations, REGNER® was called to a meeting in Timrå, Permobil’s headquarters in Sweden, on 15 May. The reason so many days had passed since the first call and the visit was because there had been an organizational reshuffle at Permobil. After three years, Svedjebrant had left the company and Gabriel Rieger had taken on the position of Purchasing Director for electrical and electromechanical devices.

Rieger is a professional with more than 12 years of experience in positions of responsibility in the purchasing of complex electronic products. His mission was to purchase the best option in terms of quality, service and price for a new project which required high-performance and reliable compact actuators for complete movement in multiple positions.

The project was being carried out thanks to the joint work of two key departments at Permobil, the Purchasing team and the R&D team made up of a whole host of mechanical, electronic and communications engineers.

The meeting was essential both to see first-hand the REGNER® solutions specially designed for electric wheelchairs, and to verify the capabilities of REGNER® in the area of communication protocols for the transmission of information in distributed environments, one of the complex issues of the project.

Surprising and exceeding Permobil's expectations

On an unusually hot day in Timrå, a team of five people from REGNER® arrives at the Permobil facility. The level of expectation is high when Gabriel Rieger receives us in the lobby. He is a friendly person who combines the best of two cultures as contrasting as those of Northern and Southern Europe; on the one hand, the Scandinavian traits of punctuality, organization, order and on the other, a more Mediterranean character with a more relaxed, intimate and empathetic side.

Rieger introduces us to a team of 8 people made up of managers, engineers and technicians who are already waiting for us gathered in a large room, another demonstration of famous Swedish efficiency and punctuality to avoid wasting any time.

Without further delay, the presentations begin with the Swedish company first giving its corporate presentation with a special emphasis on its vision of the future, on the design of chairs that incorporate more complex technology to provide greater security, comfort and reliability to users. Advanced technology electric wheelchairs which, since they are connected, will offer a whole series of advantages to make life much easier for people with reduced mobility.

Then it is the turn of REGNER®. We have made huge efforts in recent years in this sector and the team wants to show off all the technology included in our electronic devices.

For this reason, after giving the corporate presentation, the team has brought with it a test bench for testing the actuators, checking their design, listening to their sound, verifying their speed and also testing other types of electronic components.

The different members of the Permobil team share looks of astonishment as they ask a barrage of questions and check the quality of the different actuators. One of the engineers even takes several photos of our products, having requested permission to do so.

After this first phase, the meeting enters a much more animated second phase. The engineers of both companies exchange information about mechanics, electronics and especially the communications required for the new project.

Our engineers are especially pleased with the words of one of the Permobil team members:

“The Permobil R&D department is convinced that REGNER® high performance electric actuators are the ideal choice for the concepts we are now developing“

Gabriel Rieger
Purchasing Director of Permobil for Electrical Devices

Finally, we get to the end of the meeting with the firm belief that we have surprised and exceeded Permobil’s expectations. 
The project has already started. We have demonstrated once again why we are a benchmark in actuator solutions.

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REGNER® presents a new linear actuator for marine applications at the Barcelona International Boat Show 2018

REGNER® presents a new linear actuator for marine applications at the Barcelona International Boat Show 2018

Regner® Editorial Team

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State-of-the-art sailing boats, yachts with bold designs, and large inflatable speed boats with more powerful engines which consume less fuel. These are just some of the great innovations that leading national and international brands such as Hanse, Solaris, Dufour, Jeanneau, Bénéteau, Sunseeker, Azimut, Bayliner, De Antonio Yachts, Pardo Yacht, Prestige, and Quicksilver, among others, are due to present at the 57th edition of the Barcelona International Boat Show. Organized by Fira de Barcelona in partnership with the National Association of Nautical Companies (ANEN), the event The RA44 Marine Autopilot solution frees the sailor’s hands from the wheel so they can relax and easily operate other instruments while navigating.

The Barcelona International Boat Show will host an extensive and representative range of companies and brands from every sector of the Spanish nautical and recreational sports world. Enthusiasts will be able to discover a wide range of new products which will be on display for the first time in Barcelona.

To join the ranks of these ground-breaking innovations, REGNER®is presenting a reliable solution for sail boats. As a long-standing actuation and control specialist, REGNER® is proud to announce its latest design, an electric linear actuator for large tiller steered recreational boats which can hold up to 3,000 kg (6,600 lbs) during displacement.

The RA44 Marine Autopilot solution frees the sailor’s hands from the wheel so they can relax and easily operate other instruments while navigating. The RA44 MAP features a stylish design and a high-performance motor with ball screw technology to enhance the performance and durability of the most popular marine autopilot systems.

"Besides my passion for the sea, i like designing, creating and moving.
It makes me happy and it's my commitment to improving people's lives."

The development of this actuator has been undertaken by Julián Rodriguez who, in addition to being one of REGNER®’s top design engineers, is a well-known Catalan sailor who enjoys participating in demanding races. He has got his sights set on the Mini Transat 2021, and he is preparing himself thoroughly to take part in such a challenge.

The Mini Transat is an extraordinary adventure that pushes participants well beyond their limits, testing their ability to analyze, strategize, and manage their physical and mental endurance. With the bare minimum technology on board and no outside interference, they plane across the Atlantic with the sky and the sea as their only companions. It was this harsh environment which inspired Julián to create a new autopilot.

Developing solutions
With meaningful product design

With an Industrial Engineering and Design educational background, Julián works for the Strategic Product Development Department at REGNER©, developing projects in which form and function go hand in hand. He believes aesthetics and function are inseparable features, and as an experienced engineer he considers that “our job is to conceive, sketch, create prototypes, test the prototypes on the application, build 3D models, and all of this while continuously evaluating form and usability”.

He likes to think that the Product Development Department expertise is able to create attractive products. “We design to improve people’s lives and simplify their daily chores”. The department also strives to provide added value for companies while discovering all of their products’ possibilities. In this case, “the RA44 Marine Autopilot reduces workload and fatigue while increasing safety”.

Navigate and take control with the new RA-44MAP

Simply put, the RA44 Marine Autopilot will keep the sailor on course by automatically making small adjustments to the helm. The RA44 MAP gives The RA44 MAP gives the sailor reliable and accurate control over the heading of the boat, saving time and fuel by making efficient turns and keeping the sailor as close as possible to the planned course. Compensating for wind and tide, the RA44 MAP also frees the sailor from constant course corrections when they are busy fishing for their next meal, planning the next destination or just cruising. The RA44 MAP is, thus, one of the most satisfying upgrades that a sailor can equip their boat with.

Have we piqued your curiosity? Then we invite you to come and see us at our stand at the trade show. REGNER®will be sharing all the potential this innovation possesses on October 10 – 14 2018 at the BARCELONA INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOW (MF18, A965).

Thank you for visiting us!

We would like to take the opportunity to thank you for visiting us at the International Barcelona Boat Show. The exhibition gave us the opportunity to display for the first time the new RA44 MAP, and we received really positive feedback. We hope that you enjoyed the exhibition, and we look forward to seeing you again in the near future.

Find below a brief video featuring our new marine actuator at the trade show.

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RA-47 by REGNER®: A high power density in-line actuator with potentiometer feedback

RA-47 by REGNER®: A high power density in-line actuator with potentiometer feedback

Regner® Editorial Team

Aiguaviva -



The new generation of REGNER®’s actuators is born We are proud to introduce the RA47, an actuator with a unique fusion of high power density, accuracy, and design.

Based on our clients’ feedback, we saw the need to fill a significant gap in the market of in-line actuators. Most of the preexisting electric actuators have no kind of feedback enabling interaction with other systems, and they are too bulky or too heavy for practical motion control applications. The RA-47 has finally arrived to break this schema.

The new REGNER® actuators now make installation and operation more user-friendly and efficient for OEM manufacturers. Thanks to its advanced electronic design, it is fully compatible with any device or system. In other words, everything becomes easier and goes faster, which is the REGNER® way.

Truly adaptable

The new REGNER® actuators now make installation and operation more user-friendly and efficient for OEM manufacturers. Thanks to its advanced electronic design, it is fully compatible with any device or system. In other words, everything becomes easier and goes faster, which is the REGNER® way.

Truly appealing

The RA-47 is perfect for a wide range of solutions, but it has been specially conceived for applications where the actuator is part of the overall image. Its compactness, in-line configuration, stylish design and anodized aluminum all empower the RA-47, and they increase the appeal of any device, unlike standard actuators in plastic with a 90° or 180° motor configuration. In brief, design thinking for sleek applications by REGNER®.

Truly powerful

The RA-47 is an in-line actuator with an outstanding lifting force of up to 2,500 N created with OEMs in mind. The new motor features an excellent output, a long service life and a low power consumption. This saves manufacturers time, and it also optimizes costs. With the RA-47, OEMs can take advantage of a highly efficient actuator, which is REGNER®’s trademark.

Truly complete

The RA47 is the only one of its kind. Because of its adaptability, appeal, and power, but also because it integrates an infinite resolution potentiometer working on a low impedance output feedback, which is what makes the RA-47 stand out. Most of the motion control devices on the market do not take impedance into consideration. The new REGNER® actuator, in contrast, takes it into account and guarantees the integrity of the different signals.

The potential of the actuator is enhanced with additional features, such as a highly durable aluminum housing, an advanced overcurrent and overvoltage protection system, integrated mechanical limit switches, and an IP65 protection rate. Just like the whole range of REGNER®’s motion control solutions, the RA47 offers multiple control and configuration options to suit even the most complex requirements.

The new RA-47 in-line actuator is now available in different configurations. Please contact us for a quote or any inquiries.-

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