Title
Fuel Pump Controller
Programmable Logic achieves a cost saving of 20%
Technologies used
 CPLD; FPGA
Industrial sector (PRODCOM code)
    333 Industrial Process Control Equipment
Abstract
 LOGITRON has been operating in the gasoline station electronic automation business for over 25 years, covering all activities of product design, manufacturing, sales, installation and maintenance.

It is today an enterprise of 280 employees with products ranging from the core-business gas station control systems and gas hydraulic dispensers to electronic drivers for knitting machines, Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT) products and data collection services. Current technological level is that of digital discrete devices and microcontroller/microprocessor.

Regarding the business of electronic automation for oil systems, PumaHOST product has been marketed for the past 10 years with a 76% share of Italian market and a significant position in international market. Puma HOST (PUmp MAnagement system) is the central management unit that controls both oil pumps and outdoor payment terminals (OPT) in automated fuel stations.

Although very successful in its life cycle, PumaHOST is currently suffering from product maturity. The continued use of the ageing operating system, extended use of HW modules, lack of a state-of-the-art Graphic User Interface and lack of an integrated Convenience-Store (C-Store) management, makes the product at some extent obsolete if compared with the present needs as the emerging Point of Sale (POS) oriented markets. Costs, in particular, are becoming a critical factor in competiting against competitive offerings of high-performance low-cost units.

LOGITRON realised that markets where obsolescence of PumaHOST was becoming a matter of fact would not be lost if a new low-cost high performance PumaHOST would be sold either as an alternative or upgraded product.

The best solution to avoid current PumaHOST drawbacks was to redesign its system core: it is the SPU (Site Processor Unit) that interfaces the pump management system with the forecourt devices by using both standard and proprietary protocols with the objective to reduce PCB space, complexity and cost, improve the product’s performances and easiness of programming.

The company introduced, for the first time, Complex Programmable Logic Device (CPLD technology) to integrate SPU functionalities, previously assembled on three separate ISA compatible boards, onto a single board. This has resulted in benefits like increased system integration and a 21% cut in SPU production costs. The reduction of production costs for the whole PumaHOST system is of the order of 3%.

CPLD also allowed integrating additional functions than previous simply I/O interfacing, like Power Supply Management. The SPU and the overall PumaHOST features, with the new CPLD technology, can be easily reconfigured on board via JTAG serial protocol.
The new PumaHOST product has already been sold and installed with success by LOGITRON.

In addition to benefits on product, the Company acquired very relevant skills regarding fields either technological as CPLD/FPGA and VHDL or the microelectronics management.

The AE has committed the Company for 8 months and for a funded cost of 41 KECU. In front of this investment of 41 KECU for introducing CPLD technology and in front of 18 KECU average yearly cost saving due to the redesigned part, the investment can be recovered with a ROI (total incremental profits on product lifetime/initial investment) of 220% and with a payback period of 1.5 years.
Company
LOGITRON Srl
Via de’ Cattani, 220/G
50145 Florence - Italy

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