Title
An insect trap microsystem
Microcontroller technology enables revolutionary fly trap design
Technologies used

    Microcontroller and microsystem packaging

Industrial sector (PRODCOM code)
    1 Agriculture and Food
    31 Other electrical equipment n.e.c.
    24 Pesticides and other agro-chemical products
Abstract

Agrisense BCS Ltd. design and manufacture insect monitoring and control equipment based on the use of pheromone chemicals. The company, which is still managed by its founder, employs 60 people, and has an annual turnover of approximately 7.5 MECU.

The existing product range is aimed at the control of moths, beetles and other flying insects in the agricultural, industrial, retail and home and garden market places. The company’s products are based on the use of chemical and packaging technologies, and do not include any electrical or electronic components. The existing product range does not include pheromone based fly traps because of the dispersion limitations associated with the particular pheromone.

The objective of the application experiment is to produce a microelectronic controlled pheromone dispensing system so as to increase the effectiveness of pheromones in the control of flies, and thereby result in the use of the pheromone technology in a new product application area. The unit incorporates a microcontroller unit mounted on a ceramic heater pad to form a microsystem packaged controller. The functionality provided by the improved product includes:

  • Heater control, to produce options for a constant temperature or differential temperature above ambient.
  • The control of an attractant light source for the insects.
  • Facilities for daytime operation only.
  • Life time monitoring of the pheromone levels.
  • User indicators for pheromone replacement.

The cost of the development of the prototype microsystem unit was funded by the EC FUSE programme, and was 62.5 KECU. The company’s sales projections indicate that this investment cost will be paid back in 21 months from the date of product launch, and that the ROI (return on investment) over a 5 year life the expected ROI for the improved product will be in excess of 700%.

The inclusion of a microsystem based heater assembly has demonstrated a significant improvement in house fly control using this technology. The company’s Technical Management capability in terms of subcontractor identification and management has been expanded significantly, and the importance of regular development team meetings including the subcontractor has been confirmed.

The company’s experiences will be of interest to the managing directors, technical directors and product development engineers in non-microelectronics companies, especially those involved in the Pesticides, Agro-chemical or Agricultural industrial sectors.

Company

    Agrisense BCS Ltd
    Treforest Industrial Estate
    Pontypridd, Mid Glam
    CF37 5SU


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You can also benefit from microelectronics

Microcontroller and microsystem packaging technology provided Agrisense BCS Ltd 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.

FUSE is a technology transfer programme, funded by the European Commission to stimulate the wider use of microelectronics technologies by European enterprises to increase their competitiveness and enhance their economic growth. The demonstrator described here is one of many examples in the public FUSE portfolio covering the whole spectrum of microelectronics technologies and spanning a wide range of applications and industry sectors.

FUSE provides you with:

  • Best practice in acquiring specific microelectronics technologies and conducting full development projects through the FUSE portfolio of real life demonstrator documents.
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