Miniaturisation of a colour sensor by MCM
The miniaturisation achieves a reduction of the dimension of 98% and
lower production costs
|Industrial sector (PRODCOM code)
||Industrial Process Control Equipment
||Instruments for measurements
The company UWE SPECK SENSORSYSTEME (USS) is an SME founded
January 1994 in Jena (East Germany). The manager and employees came from
the companies Carl Zeiss and JENOPTIK. USS's main business fields are
the design, manufacturing and sales of optical sensor systems.
The objective of the AE was to capture additional market shares by the
miniaturisation of the company's colour sensor "FENSOR", which is used
for colour recognition in manufacturing processes. This sensor was based
on conventional PCB and SMD technology. To achieve the object of the AE
the Multi Chip Module technology was introduced in our business. The new
system allows more flexibility in configuration of sensor systems and
a better adaptability to customer needs.
Potential customers are other OEM sensor companies, system-integrators,
distributors and end-users like printing industry, paper and colour industry,
machine building companies. In detail, the new solution contains an AT90S8515
CPU from ATMEL. This results in faster measuring and evaluation capabilities
of colours. The size reduction of the system is 98%, the new device is
50times smaller than the old. Furthermore the new solution is characterised
by the ability of in-circuit programming of the system. This reduces the
testing cost after assembling of the system.
Within the experiment USS obtained knowledge in the introduction of new
technologies (especially MCM) and manufacturing as well as corresponding
test strategies of MCM-circuits.
Beside the technical lessons learned USS understood what it means to introduce
new technologies in close co-operation with an experienced subcontractor
as best practise. Furthermore USS learned that it is necessary to spend
enough time for a detailed testing and to create test points within a
MCM design. Additional costs for the industrialisation should be planned
at the start of the AE.
The AE was started in January 1998 and finished in June1999, this results
in a duration of 18 month, with a funding of 62 k€. With the estimated
sales figures of the new product a payback period of about 12 month and
a ROI of about 313% over a 3 year lifetime of the product can be calculated.
UWE SPECK SENSORSYSTEME
Göschwitzer Str. 32
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