Title
Infra-red paint curing
Microcontroller reduce the cost of drying paint
Technologies used

Microcontroller

Industrial sector (PRODCOM code)
    29 Non domestic dryers
Abstract
Edwin Trisk System Ltd. designs and manufactures equipment for the Automotive Refinish industry. They have gained an international reputation in more than 60 countries world-wide for the application of short wave infra red technology used for rapid paint cure. Their dryers are both energy efficient and give a superior quality of finish.

The company skills-base prior to FUSE centred on traditional electrical and mechanical engineering with specialist knowledge of applied physics. Electromechanical means were used to control the electrical power to the infra red lamp (emitter). This incurred high production costs and reduced productivity due to lengthy design, manufacture and test cycle required to tailor the products to the power variation for each country. The only electronics used was a triac based power module and a simple single-sided analogue PCB.

The FUSE programme has allowed Trisk to gain technical knowledge and design expertise in microcontrollers, hardware implementation and programming. They successfully applied this technology to a product range in terms of tolerance to electrical supplies user benefits, and product rationalisation.

This has effectively given the company's core product range a technology update, which under natural product evolution might have taken 10 to 20 years. The short payback period of 16 months and the benefits of technology transfer have encouraged and helped in the introduction of a new automated product range.

The new product has an enhanced user interface and automatic low voltage power control.

The project started in February 1997, took 10 months and cost 50 KEUR. The payback period on this investment is estimated at 16 months and an ROI of 3-fold forecast.
Company
Edwin Trisk Systems Limited
Pallion Industrial Estate
Pallion, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear
ENGLAND

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You can also benefit from microelectronics

Microcontroller technology provided Edwin Trisk Systems Limited 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.

FUSE provides you with:

  • Best practice in acquiring specific microelectronics technologies and conducting full development projects through the FUSE portfolio of real life demonstrator documents.
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