Functional Steel - The future of shelves.
The FunctionalSteel shelves are being developed in cooperation between Voestalpine and Variocube. The focus of the research is the development of a smart shelf that can determine whether and where an object is located by means of applied sensor technology that is only a few millimetres thick. This opens up new possibilities in many areas. Occupancy detection is then no longer based purely on check-in and check-out data, but through the use of the FunctionalSteel can accurately say whether there are actually items in a compartment.
New options for lockers.
What is Functional Steel and what functions does it fulfil?
Functional Steel is a hot-dip galvanised, coated steel with a layer of conductive tracks embedded in the paint layer. In this way, conventional steel becomes a smart material. Additional functions that previously had to be operated with external sensors can now be integrated directly into the surface, opening up new application scenarios.
- Heating up the surface.
- Load detection.
- Capacitive sensor as operating element.
- Detection of damage on the surface.
- Detection of leaking liquid.
Voestalpine x Variocube
Voestalpine – one step ahead
voestalpine is a leading global steel and technology group with combined materials and processing expertise. The globally active group of companies has around 500 Group companies and sites in more than 50 countries on all five continents.
Variocube – Smart Locker Systems
Variocube specialises in interdisciplinary SaaS solutions with a strong focus on modular and customisable locker systems. The development of our own software solutions, high-quality locker systems and cooperation with other manufacturers makes us an innovation leader.