Brake control system
Hybrid (COB) technology reduces size by 85% and microcontroller improves
brake life and performance
|Industrial sector (PRODCOM code)
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The company Dr. K. Michel from Kittlitz, Germany was founded
in 1993 by Dr. Michel and has 4 employees. Main business field is the
production of Brake Control Systems. It is a typical small company located
in the Eastern part of Germany coming from the R&D department of the Technical
Rational for such an AE project was the opportunity to increase sales
and market share by introducing an innovative brake control system. So
the customer wanted to have an improved product in order to implement
it to their brake systems for electromagnetic spring load brakes. Special
demands were the size of the new product but also an increased functionality.
So the objective of this AE was to develop a system which gives the opportunity
of a cost saving in manufacturing in combination with reduction in size
and an increased functionality of the system in order to establish this
system at the market.
The market world-wide for such a product is about 50,000. This is about
10% of the total market for brake control systems.
The existing product is a brake control system, which delivers state information
of electromagnetic spring load brakes. It is realised in PCB technology
with discrete components. The function is based on the use of a magnet-field
sensor. But the size of this solution makes it impossible to implement
it within the brake, so that it is mounted outside the brakes.
Due to the use of a new technology in this case a Chip on Board (COB)
technology a replacement of the old system with the improved product will
be possible. This system is much smaller, has an increased functionality
and allows an implementation within the brakes, which is demanded by the
customers. So the improved product is a combination of an increased functionality,
realised due to the use of a microcontroller, and a reduction in size,
realised due to the use of the MCM/COB technology.
The project started in September 1996 and was finished November 1997.
This results in a duration of 15 month. The project was founded with 80
K€. There was an extension of the original planned 12 month because of
company intern reasons.
The most benefit of the AE was the improvement of the system in order
to reduce the size and to add additional functionality, which allows a
wider application field in different industry sectors. Also the acquired
knowledge at the company will be used in further project. The estimated
sales figures for the next years show that the payback period will be
about 2 years and the ROI will be about 439 % on the FUSE investment.
The most important lesson learned by the company was that the choice of
the right subcontractor is essential for the success of such a complex
project. So the due to the close co-operation of the FU and subcontractor
resulted in the necessary step for an intermediate solution in order to
guarantee the functionality of the final MCM/COB solution.
owner Dr. Michel
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MCM; Microcontroller technology provided Dr. Michel-SENSORIK 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.
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