Electronic Controlled Hot Water High Pressure
User friendly Washers with improved functionality using PCB-based Control
|Industrial sector (PRODCOM code)
||Machinery for special purposes
"ITM Italia S.r.l"., a SME, founded in 1981, with 50 employees,
develops, manufactures and sells high pressure washers and space heaters
with an annual turn-over of 12 MEUR.
The industrial sector is: "Machinery for special purposes"(PRODCOM code:
Scope of this AE was to develop the electronic control in a new series
of "Hot Water High Pressure Washers". The actual machine containing no
electronics had to be improved technologically and the new product included
process sensors in the machine and control electronics on a PCB. The FU
expertise lies mainly in mechanical engineering and manufacturing technology.
The main technical experience of ITM is in the fields of mechanics, including
construction and thermal processes (burners).
The main fields of applications of such machines are for washing and hygienic
cleaning in the food, transportation and construction industry and in
agriculture, other than for hobby uses. Present with local agents in more
than 50 countries, the export quote in 1998 reached 65% of the production
Through the electronic control, extra safety functionalities were added
and the reliability of the machine increased with lower maintenance costs.
More than cost reduction, improved functionality is the main issue in
this AE. Thanks to this, the market position can be maintained and even
improved through the sales increase.
Since special care had to be taken considering the environmental conditions
in which such a machine works, the intrinsic safety part of the boiler
control is realised using SMD technology and the SMD-board is covered
with insulation material in order to be insensible to humidity and dust
(IP65). This board is plugged on the main board inserted in an IP54 box.
It has to be noted that thanks to this solution it was possible to overcome
the difficulties already faced in a previous experience with electronics
which proved to be unsuccessful and then prevented the company from undertaking
an innovation in electronic before this AE.
The AE lasted for 8 months (plus one month summer vacations), for a budget
of 36 kEUR.
With the new electronic controlled machine an increase in 10% of the sales
of the Mondial-series should be achieved. With the estimated price and
costs, a payback of approx. 8.5 months is expected. Considering the medium
product life of 3 years, a ROI of 645% is expected.
ITM Italia s.r.l.
via Tasso 35/39
I-37010 Albaré di Costermano
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its products and enhancing its market position. You can also achieve significant
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to realise this.
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