Pipeline Inspection Vehicle Tracking Using Microcontroller Technology
|Industrial sector (PRODCOM code)
||Electricity Distribution & Control Apparatus
||Instruments & Appliances for Measuring, Checking,
||Industrial Process Control Equipment
Dwyran Design & Development Ltd. design and manufacture sensors
and monitoring units for the detection of pipeline cleaning and inspection
vehicles known as 'pigs'. Current techniques used to detect 'pigs' include
the logging of the magnetic field over a buried pipeline to a strip chart
recorder to determine the passage of a 'pig'.
The objective of the application experiment was to develop a solid state
alternative to the pen based strip chart recorder. The existing technology
is limited by reliance on consumables (paper and ink), and a high power
consumption that requires the carrying of a considerable battery pack.
The improved datalogger uses a microcontroller to monitor and record the
passage of the pig as it passes beneath the sensor. Information is now
displayed on a full colour VGA screen, which replaces the paper and pen
recorder. A laptop or portable PC can be used to download the data for
archiving and further analysis as required. These enhancements have improved
the reliability of the datalogger in the field, and greatly increased
the flexibility of the data storage and manipulation.
The company has gained experience in microcontroller project management,
CAD tools, and microcontroller hardware and software design. The development
of company in-house microcontroller design capability will enable the
transfer of this technology to other products to expand and enhance the
company's product range.
The total cost of the Application Experiment was 35.5k ECU. This comprised
24kECU for prototype development work; 9.8kECU for the industrialisation
phase, and 1.7kECU for initial marketing costs. The projected 'lifespan
' of the new product range is seven years . Over this period, the return
on the FUSE investment is projected 280%. The point at which the initial
FUSE investment recouped is 27 months.
The experiment was completed in 18 months and required an effort of 113
Dwyran Design & Development Ltd
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Microcontroller technology provided Dwyran Design & Development 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.
- Local training and expert support to plan your innovation realistically and help you conduct your project successfully.
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