Title

Domestic cooker control
Microcontroller improves performance of domestic cookers

Technologies used

    Microcontroller

Industrial sector (PRODCOM code)
    2971 Electric domestic appliances
Abstract

General Domestic Appliances Ltd (formerly Creda Ltd) is the largest manufacturer of domestic cooking appliances in the UK, with an annual turnover of 286MECU.
The objective of the Fuse Application Experiment was to implement microelectronic control within a domestic cooking appliance. Current cooker products are controlled using multiple electro-mechanical thermostat devices and timers. The technical aim of the experiment was to design a prototype domestic cooker using microcontroller technology to measure temperatures and to control the various heating elements. A further aim of the project was to develop ways in which microelectronic control would improve the product features enabling greater product differentiation, and leading to a more dynamic and competitive product. The access to a whole new range of electronic features will allow for an expansion of both range and diversity simply not available using established methods. The Application Experiment was begun in June ’96, and was successfully completed in 16 months, at a cost of 68kECU. The Return on Investment (ROI) is estimated to be 730%, and the Payback Period 15 months. The lessons learnt were many - perhaps the most significant lesson for those considering the use of micro-electronic control, is that its use will enable new horizons in terms of product performance, features and competitive strength.
The results give the company vital IPR (Intellectual Property Rights) relating to the thermal performance and control of electric heating elements and it is intended to utilise this IPR in future products.

Company

    General Domestic Appliances Ltd (formerly Creda Ltd).
    P.O. Box 5,
    Blythe Bridge,
    Stoke-on-Trent,
    Staffordshire,
    ST11 9LJ
    England


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