Title
Safe and Flexible Electronic Control for Industrial and Domestic Burners
Microprocessor for control of gas burner
Technologies used

    Microprocessor

Industrial sector (PRODCOM code)
    29 Furnaces and furnace burners
Abstract

OSELIN ALBANO d.i. a company of 3 people, of which 1 is involved in electronics, develops and manufactures turn key electronic control products for industrial and domestic gas burners. They supply several important Italian gas burner manufacturers.

The company has traded since 1982, but, until now its products have been based on the use of discrete analogue devices. This technology has limited the adaptability of the current products, and has been a significant factor in restricting the Company’s competitiveness and growth.

The objective of this Application Experiment was to develop a cost effective solution to perform the functions of gas burner ignition control and flame modulation, while greatly improving the product's overall performance. The use of an integrated solution provides commercial advantages through product size, certification, and production cost reductions. Reliability is improved , auto-test features are incorporated and the repeatability and long term stability of performance are improved in the new design. It should be mentioned that the product’s reliability and safety are major requirements in this application area.

A microcontroller was preferred because of its flexibility and straight forward customisation, key issues when dealing with commodity products where fast change requests are a regular requirement from customers.

The development of a company in-house microcontroller design capability will also enable the transfer of this technology to other products in the company’s product portfolio, with subsequent sales and employment growth.

The total cost of the application experiment was 35 kECU and it was completed in 6 months.

The production cost saving achieved with the new product is 12% and the payback period can be estimated at 4.5 months after the beta test phase. The Return on Investment (ROI) is anticipated to be 400% over the 4 years product life.

One of the most important lessons learnt is that it is important to recognise that the initial specifications should be clearly defined. A little more time spent on the specifications' definition would have avoided later delays due to modifications which were required during the design phase.

It is also very important to choose a subcontractor who is prepared to support closely the First User during the whole design cycle.

Company

    OSELIN ALBANO d.i.
    via Rivoli, 36 bis
    10090 Rosta (TO)
    ITALY


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