Mr. Victor Das Neves , with a National Diploma for Technicians (light current) obtained at Wits Technicon has been managing Microsolve since its inception in September 1991, runner up in 1994 in the AJEP (Association of young Portuguese entrepreneurs) competition as young Portuguese entrepreneur of that year, has a long history in management, manufacture and design, supported by experience as a director in Pert Industrials in December 1983., founding director of Timecount (PTY) LTD in 1985, director of Nowa Silkscreen (PTY) LTD in 1987, founding and managing member in P.C.Board Services C.C. in 1996, acquired Circaprint C.C. in 1998 and a founding member in Microsolve Marketing C.C. 2003.
Part of Victor Das Neves skills include design in analogue and microprocessor based products, and used in successful Projects such as Tel-A-Fare taximeters, Rpm indicator, Current level shifter for current loop instruments in the process control industry, 3.5 digit panel meter for AC and DC systems, Automatic microprocessor gate controller, 6 digit digital counter, elapsed time, real time clocks, Motor car anti hijack system, Inexpensive PT100 and thermocouple temperature controller, 0-25 volt 0-150 amp power supply, delay on timers, delay off timers, pulse controlled timers, electronic star delta starters, Dual recorder controller for in camera court use, Voice mail call divert for PABX systems, 16 line PABX monitoring system for telephone sales outlets, Single and three phase voltage monitoring, Liquid level monitoring and control, Over and under current monitors, Bore hole pump monitor and controller, Universal counter for plastic extrusion machines with speed and time to job and other features, Scrambler interface for fax machines for Nashua a large company which sells Ricoh fax machines, CNC drilling machine for printed circuit boards, GSM based control and monitoring, in fact all products manufactured and marketed by Microsolve are designed by Victor Das Neves.
In 1992 for Van Leer S.A.
This project involved taking an old 3 layer plastic extrusion machine (plastic bag making machine) and making it more efficient, thereby increasing it’s life span by another 10 years. This involved designing new temperature controllers, screw feed controllers, line speed controllers with a revolutionised gravimetric feed system linked into a P.C. where information displayed instantaneously like speed, width of the material and most importantly thickness of the material being run as individual layer thickness. The system was so designed that the machine could run in an automatic mode with a minimum number of employees. The only other system at that time to do similar control was from Germany at 3 times the price, but would only be installed on the latest available machines. This system is still fully operational at this time, and we still do periodic maintenance on the system.
In 1993 for BICC CAFCA Zimbabwe.
This is an electrical cable manufacturing company. The requirement was a system which could monitor and control the amount of insulation on a cable while the machine was running. Phase 1 of the system was the gravimetric feed control which was successfully installed. Phase 2 was only installed in 1998, and the system with in the first week of installation saved the company thousands of dollars in insulation material with the feed back of the control systems.
In 1994 for Standard Bank S.A.
Design an emergency telephone system. The need for this came from the high crime rate experienced and the fraud committed by thieves preying on unsuspecting customers at the automatic teller machines. Microsolve successfully designed the electronics for a wall mounted telephone. The unit had to be robust without a hand set so that vandalising could be reduced to a minimum and easy to use. This required that two numbers be dialled (local police and the lost card division) with out the user knowing the numbers firstly, and secondly that the phone not be misused by anyone except for its intended use. One of the major problems with audio is when a microphone is placed near a speaker, a characteristic whistling is heard, this is called feedback, and very difficult to get rid of especially when the microphone and loudspeaker are on the same front plate. This problem was overcome by a simple yet ingenious electronic design.
In 1996 for Franklin Electric S.A.
One of the largest bore hole electric motor suppliers world wide required a low cost motor monitor, manager and protection unit with motor performance data capturing. This product was officially launched in November 1998, and to date have sold approximately 20,000 units.