Microelectronics applied to cooking saves both money and power
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Industrial sector (PRODCOM code)
    29 Electric Domestic Appliances
    321 Electronic valves and tubes and other electronic components
EGO Italiana SpA, a 250 employees company with a 30 MECU annual turnover, manufactures and sells electromechanical devices for white goods (thermostats, switches, hotplates, elements) since 1960
The purpose of the AE (application Experiment) has been to develop a new electronic temperature regulator for domestic and industrial cooking equipment (such as ovens, hotplates, highlights plates, etc…), based on a fuzzy logic processor.
The new FLTR (Fuzzy Logic Temperature Regulator) regulator controls a non-linear thermal behaviour by means of fuzzy rules and the control is especially aimed to save energy, and to improve the cooking cycles and temperature ramps, to reduce temperature fluctuation during cooking operations and to improve the final user safety. The most important advantage of the whole AE is that it enables the use of high power electronic appliances on simple 16A plugs instead of the heavy and rare 32A plugs that exist only in relatively recent constructions.
The fuzzy rules allow an easy software customisation of the regulator to be used in the various applications that can be produced by the equipment manufacturer. The fast turnaround time asked by our customers will be eased with such a product where simple reprogramming or new added ports enable us to react to the market demand very quickly.
The currently produced EGO thermostat is electromechanical and operates on the liquid-expansion principle.
The market share would be increased of 10-15% in 2-3 years. The economic break even for the FUSE budget is estimated in less than 6 months. from start of production
EGO expects to reach a cumulated margin differential 7 times the total sustained investment for the industrialisation in three years only of production..
This proves how strategic is for EGO to move towards microelectronics.
With this experience we intend to get the basic know-how to open to a range of electronic products applicable to cooking, washing, heating equipment and, to keep our leadership in the market, we intend to promote a wider use of electronic control systems into the white goods industry in order to generally improve control performance, energy saving and safety.
Considering the overcoming of the internal barriers to the use of electronics, the improving in the know-how of the company, and the concrete availability of the prototypes to show to the customers, we can consider the AE as a success.
The total cost of the AE is 44 kECU and has been completed in 7 months.
EGO is operating in the 2971 industrial sector but the results of this Application Experiment might also be interesting for companies in the field of food & beverage (15) and water supply and distribution (40).
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Microcontroller technology provided E.G.O. ITALIANA SPA 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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