Microprocessor controlled pig feeding system
Field bus and SMD technology reduce wiring effort by more than 90%

Technologies used

    SMD, Field bus, Microcontroller

Industrial sector (PRODCOM code)
    29 Other agricultural and forestry machinery
    30 Computers and other information processing equipment
    1 Agriculture, stock, forestry, fishing

Meyer-Lohne designs, manufactures and installs computer-controlled feeding systems for pigs. The main target of the experiment was to develop the capability within the company to design and produce SMT(surface-mounted-technology)-based electronic equipment with new control features to satisfy the markets demand for better feeding systems with better economical and ecological properties. The product to be improved is an electromagnetic air-pressure membrane valve for liquid feeding systems.

The Application Experiment took 13 months (01.07.1996 - 30.07.1997) with immediate development costs of 100 KECU. The payback period will be 1.5 years. The product lifetime is about 6 years. The ROI over the product lifetime is about 400 %.

The target audience could be companies that develop electronic equipment only in conventional through hole technology and companies that produce systems with many far arranged electric controlled actors. The AE proves the advantages of small-size SMT in hard environment.


    Maschinenfabrik Meyer-Lohne GmbH
    Am Hoevel
    D-49393 Lohne

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SMD, Field bus, Microcontroller technology provided Meyer-Lohne GmbH 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.

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