DC-Motor Controller
Analogue ASIC reduces production costs
Technologies used

Analogue ASIC

Industrial sector (PRODCOM code)
    34-35 Vehicles for land transportation.
NDC Netzler & Dahlgren Co AB develops general methods, systems and products for the control of Automated Guided Vehicles (AGV:s). An AGV is an unmanned truck for material handling. The overall market for AGV-systems is material handling industry all over the world. NDC has in total about 100 employees and a turnover in 1999 of 120 MSEK (about 14 MEUR). The industrial sector for AGV-systems is: VL, Vehicles for land transportation. The AE involves modification of FSA (FET Servo Amplifier), a DC-motor controller with four quadrant control designed and produced by NDC. The FSA is used in all AGV-kits delivered by NDC. The FSA is realised with surface mount and hole-mount standard components on PCB. The main objective when modifying the FSA is to reduce production costs. This is needed in order to meet competition from standard controllers. An analogue, array based ASIC has been developed in co-operation with Svenska Grindmatriser AB. Major parts of the controlling and monitoring parts of the FSA has been integrated in the ASIC. The AE duration was 14 months and the cost 80 kEUR. The payback period for the development of the new FSA version will be 32 months based on the FUSE investment of 80 kEUR. The Return of Investment in 3 years will be 113%, while it will be 350% over a the 10 years product lifetime. NDC has further acquired knowledge about partitioning and designing an analogue ASIC and in evaluating an analogue design with computer simulations.
NDC Netzler & Dahlgren Co AB
429 80 SÄRÖ

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