Title
Self-diagnostics on Emergency Lamps by microcontroller use
Increased profits for the company by doubling quantity sold
Technologies used

 Microcontroller

Industrial sector (PRODCOM code)
    31 Electrica
Abstract

LINCE ENERGY is a young company operating in the market of emergency lamps. It was founded at the end of 1995 and start selling in mid '96. The company currently has 9 employees and an annual turnover of 0.82 MEUR.

The industrial sector of the company is Electric Appliances, in which LINCE ENERGY addresses the branch of consumer products for safety. Its main products are emergency and signalling lamps of various models, with relevant accessories.

The technical staff (n.3 engineers) is skilled on digital design by using discrete components, with no experience in the use of the microcontrollers.

The reference market at the moment is the Italian one, while the company is now approaching the European market.

Now the company mostly sells to consumer market (home, small offices, shops) and is quite excluded from the professional market (Industries, Hospitals, Schools, Business centres, etc).

The product to be improved is an emergency lamp, named PAGODA, which is currently implemented by pure analogue discrete components circuitry.

By this AE, the company aimed at improving the maintainability of the device, adding a microcontroller to introduce self-diagnostics capabilities, remote connection, as well as an improved battery charge circuitry.

The main objective pursued by LINCE ENERGY has been to better its competitive position, by offering a smarter product, which would have resulted either more appealing for the consumer market and allowed to access the professional one.

The economic benefits related to the experiment will consist of doubling the quantity sold, while getting major profits for the company.

The new product is suitable for a quick industrialisation and will be in production about 3 months the after termination of the application experiment.

The experiment duration has been 6 months, with an overall cost of 30.8 KEUR.

The payback period is twelve months, while the Return On Investment is expected to be 2100% over three years.

An additional AE benefit for the company has been to acquire a specific know how on microcontrollers, which will be exploited for future developments in similar applications.

Company
LINCE ENERGY s.r.l.
Via A. De Gasperi 7/11 - Zona Industriale
I-63030 Acquaviva Picena (AP)
Italy

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