X-Laboratory is a high-tech robotics engineering firm - specialized in developing "highly advanced" mission equipment and highly advanced motion compensation technology for the maritime and offshore energy industries. Our solutions are based on advanced mechatronics, sensors and control, and will contribute to making our future more sustainable. Our Products are currently under development and our related lifetime service plans are being implemented...
Our Story and Background
We are former aerospace engineering experts and mostly emerge from the European Space Agencies Telerobotics & Haptics Laboratory (here filmed by Danish Astronaut Andreas Mogensen), which was founded and operated by Dr. Schiele prior to setting up X Laboratory (... some videos of the Telerobotics & Haptics Lab).
We had created significant impact in the Space sector, by starting and showing feasibility of a novel human space exploration method called Exploration Telerobotics (Video from TU Delft of Dr. Schiele explaining the experiments and vision). We conceived, developed and operated three 1st-time technology demonstration experiments in space, on-board the International Space Station ISS, which we had called Haptics-1 NASA Mission Summary page), Haptics-2 (NASA Mission Summary Page) (AP Video), and INTERACT. The technology showed intuitive remote-control and operations through LAN networks over significant distances (more than 160 000 kilometers !) with force-feedback and sufficiently good fidelity to allow astronauts in orbit to assemble mechanical systems on Earth remotely, with sub-millimeter tolerance fittings.
After this exciting time and projects in space, it was time to move on and to focus our attention on solving problems on Earth.
While we are just starting, we now will use technology to help our economy and our society more directly. Our products and services will be focussed on streamlining energy usage, facilitating novel methods and services for green energy production and operation and will ultimately lead to a CO-2 emission free transportation industry through our Moonshot project. Much to do...
A New Player in the Maritime Industry
Recently, X-Laboratory has become a new player in the maritime and offshore industry. Our advanced motion control solutions are used by large national and international clients and our Engineering Experts help to solve the most challenging problems.
In 2021 we launch a first series of our Products for the offshore wind sector. Our PuppeteerTM motion compensation crane is an enabling technology to save up to 40% of cycle-time during offshore wind park installations. The X-Control Guidance System enables the robust installation of monopiles offshore from floating vessels and the X-Cam Survey Sensor Suite allows our Clients to tightly monitor installation progress and to perform post-piling installation survey and analysis. Contact us for more information about our Products, which we choose to not market here further on this site.
We are a proud member of the Dutch Wind Association (NWEA - Nederlandse WindEnergie Associatie)
Our vision is summarized in this citation above, stemming from our CTO/CEO Dr. Schiele.
It is our vision to keep developing highly advanced engineering solutions that matter and we strive to become and stay the most innovative and influential robotics engineering laboratory in the Netherlands, a breeding ground for robotic innovation, a pool of the best talent, a place where advanced robotics solutions are developed that work and create impact!
It is our mission to help transform the Dutch Maritime & Offshore Industry to become more sustainable and "green", while also supporting an increase in competitiveness and profitability, serving an industry that is growing faster than anywhere else in the world. We focus on developing advanced automation systems to reduce the cost of offshore wind, to streamline current production processes to be more efficient and less resource consuming - and to ultimately deliver strong technological contributions to achieve our climate goals!
X-Laboratory is managed and led by Dr. André Schiele. Jointly, Joan and Andre make use of both their experiences in finance and engineering to develop a compelling and innovative company that attracts talent, builds exciting products and that contributes to sustaining and increasing European economic competitiveness. We draw from an extensive network of seasoned industry professionals that contribute to our advisory board.
Dr. Ing. André Schiele
André is an inventor, researcher and entrepreneur, directing the X-Laboratory as CEO/CTO
Joannes Willem Leemans
Chairman of the Supervisory Board & Co-Founder
Joan is an investment and private equity specialist and ambassador of the X-Laboratory