Microprocessor technology achieves a reliable control system and 40% costs reduction

Technologies used

Microcontroller, DSP

Industrial sector (PRODCOM code)
    2952 Machinery for construction

ALBA, Maquinaria para la Construcción, S.A. manufactures different cutting and bending tools and machines for construction or building sector since 1.953. ALBA is a medium size Spanish company employing 98 persons, and achieved sales of 20.5 MECU in 1.999.

The company is specialising in the design, manufacture, marketing and through life support of bending equipment for construction sector. The product improved during this AE is the company's Stirrup Bending Machine used to produce reinforcing bars or stirrups, for construction. This machine operates by the controlled bending and cutting of coiled bar/rod in order to produce different types of stirrups.

Before the AE, the company used a specifically developed control device to control their bending machines. A small Spanish engineering company supplies this control device. The experience of the company of microelectronic was that related with the installation and use of this control device. The company had no experience of electronics specification and design areas.

The old control device generated a lot of problems and limitations with important maintenance costs of the equipment and important losses to the company. A new improved control device overcoming the faults and technical limitations of the old one has been developed during this AE. The use of the new microprocessor based control system also provides competitive advantages through cost reductions, reliability growth and machine performance improvement.

The development of this new product and the close participation of the company also assures a complete control of the new product development in order to provide the required after sales support. Such support would be difficult unless the company is able to understand, modify and maintain the implemented new control system.

The total cost of the AE was 57 KECU and it was completed in 11 months. With the new developed control system a 40% of reduction of the costs have been achieved. Our strategy is to maintain the current selling price and promote benefits from savings in production costs, installation and maintenance of the product. The planned payback period will be 8 months. The company will achieve a ROI of 574% in relation to the project investment.

ALBA, Maquinaria para la Construcción, S.A.
Ctra. Sangroniz, 34
E-48150 Sondika - Vizcaya

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