Microelectronics and cooking
The control of cooker hoods using microelectronics
Technologies used


Industrial sector (PRODCOM code)
    29 Electric domestic appliances

Microcontroller technology is used to give increased technical performance relating to user convenience, amenity, safety, energy saving and ease of installation.

Temperature is monitored to determine when the fan should be activated. Fan speed profiles are implemented to give a high initial extraction rate of steam, fumes and hot air. The speed is then reduced to achieve optimum hub temperature. At the end of hob usage the fan is kept running to extract fumes and odours for a preset time.

The new unit offers an increased range of user controls and audio visual alarm indicators which can be used to indicate when basic servicing of grease filters is needed and operating limits exceeded.

Westin employ 25 staff, none are electronic engineers.

The approved budget was 50KECUs, the duration 7 months and the payback period is 1 year. The return on investment is estimated to be seven-fold. The project started in December 1996 and finished in January 1998.


    W S Westin Ltd
    Phoenix Mills
    Leeds Road, Huddersfield HD1 6NG
    United Kingdom

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You can also benefit from microelectronics

Microcontroller technology provided W.S. Westin Ltd. with the means of improving its products and enhancing its market position. You can also achieve significant benefits by acquiring the right microelectronics technology and utilising it in your product or manufacturing process. You can get help from FUSE to realise this.

FUSE is a technology transfer programme, funded by the European Commission to stimulate the wider use of microelectronics technologies by European enterprises to increase their competitiveness and enhance their economic growth. The demonstrator described here is one of many examples in the public FUSE portfolio covering the whole spectrum of microelectronics technologies and spanning a wide range of applications and industry sectors.

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