Automotive

Steering Control Switch

Steering-wheel mounted switch and thumb-wheel modules allow the driver to operate critical functions without releasing the wheel. The modules communicate with the vehicle via a LIN-Bus link.







Advanced Vision Systems

HDR Camera Module

A camera module used to demonstrate the superior image quality of a high dynamic range (HDR) image sensor. This module has automotive grade electronics and power supply. An I2C and SPI interface allows sensor control and configuration. The video output is in NTSC format with a single-ended and a differential output port.






Avionics

Jet Engine Monitor

Monitors all major engine parameters for turbine powered helicopters.  Rotor torque, engine temperature, turbine speeds and others are continuously logged and compared against engine specifications. The pilot is warned if a parameter is approaching it’s specified limit. If the limit is exceeded the exceedence is logged and a warning light indicates to the ground crew that maintenance is required.






Research

Stradivarius Thickness Mapping System

An acoustic engineer believed the tonal quality of Stradivarius violins was a result of minute thickness variations in the front and back panels. We built a nondestructive magnetic mapping system so that he could acquire cross-sectional images of the panels and view them on a PC.

Electric Vehicles

Battery Discharge Test System

A system was developed to test EV battery health by discharging them while monitoring the cell voltage. A custom data acquisition board was designed that contained an ARM microcontroller and 21 data acquisition channels with 500V isolation for monitoring individual cells. A mating relay board was also designed to switch in a discharge load for each individual cell. The entire system was controlled via a USB connection to a PC running a custom LabView application.

Defense

Autonomous Surface Craft

A small autonomous surface craft was developed to monitor sub-surface activity as part of a Defense Advanced Research Agency (DARPA) program. Our responsibility was the communications and control systems. A five-processor board was developed with each processor responsible for a key subsystem of the craft. The craft is required to motor to it’s specified deployment location and maintain it’s position using thrusters and an inertial navigation system with GPS. A sub-surface microphone monitors underwater activity while a satellite data connection relays the information to a land-based station. The unit is powered by lithium-ion batteries which are recharged by a solar power system and a wave driven generator.

Asset Tracking

Greenhouse RFID System

A commercial greenhouse with over 20 acres under it’s roofs asked us to develop and deploy a system to monitor the location each tray of plants as they moved their way from seeding to shipping. We developed a custom micro-controller based RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) reader, a custom RF antenna and a custom RFID tag holder. We used personnel tags because of their low cost and durability. The readers communicate via a multi-drop RS-485 communications network which also supplies power to the readers. We built and installed a network of 70+ RFID readers, over 500 RFID tags, and the network cabling that ties it all together. The system has been operational since 1997.

More Projects…

  • Digital Tension Gauge for commercial bread slicing equipment
  • Overspeed Controller for experimental passenger spacecraft
  • Presence detecting luminary for residential closet lighting
  • Magnetorheological Fluid Clutch Controller for heavy truck engine fans
  • Architectural grade LED lighting fixture
  • 3000 Volt, 750 Watt Piezo-Electric Driver System for experimental diesel fuel atomizer.
  • 40,000 Volt Ignition Pulse Test System for Toyota testing facility
  • Ford EMC Transient Generator for Underwriters Laboratories
  • Cetane Injector Control System for heavy equipment diesel engines.
  • Call for even more…

Some of our clients…

  • NASA
  • Ford Motor Company
  • General Motors
  • Tesla Motors
  • Toyota
  • Underwriters Laboratories (UL)
  • Terumo Medical
  • National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory
  • Defense Advanced Research Agency (DARPA)
  • Columbia University
  • Wayne State University
  • Kimberly-Clark
  • Behr America
  • XcorAerospace
  • Eaton Corporation
  • Roush Anatrol
  • Sloan Valve Company

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