Software and Electronics Expertise Paired with Competence in Mechanics
EBE puts great emphasis on top-class electronics development. The company also develops the electronics for mechatronic products and drives in-house.
Electronics Development - from PCB-Design to Tests in Climate Chambers
Within the framework of the OEM services, the application-specific sensor electronics is developed for the individual project. In this way, EBE guarantees that function, manufacturing, quality and price perfectly match the planned product. Typical applications are: Level measurement and other functions in appliances or production plants, automotive engineering and heavy-duty applications.
First, the electronics development resorts to the proprietary technology platforms. On this basis, the electronics for sensors, controls and drives is adapted to the individual needs and applications. Furthermore, depending on the requirement:
- Matching interfaces and connectors
- Additional functionalities
Further engineering services within the framework of the electonics development for OEM customers:
- Circuit and PCB design with the help of professional CAD tools such as Altium Designer or Eagle Layout Editor
- 3D field simulation with CST Studio Suite for the design and optimization of sensor elements in the capacitive and inductive measurement systems
- Quick adaptation of electrode and coil structure to customer application
For testing, verification and validation, high-speed real-time oscilloscopes, spectrum and network analyzers and more devices are at our disposal. Environmental influences are examined in in-house climate chambers.
Software Development - Proven Platforms for Proven Sensor Software
EBE develops and tests software, firmware and algorithms for customer-specific sensors in its own laboratory. Within the framework of the OEM services, the application-specific sensor software is developed for the individual project. In this way, EBE guarantees that function, programming, quality and price perfectly match the planned product.
First, the software development for sensors resorts to the proprietary technology platforms. Proven solutions to control the drive technology are also available. On this basis, EBE programs according to the requirements of the OEM customers. The flexible architecture of the platforms allows for quick and individual adaptations. Specific requirements with respect to interfaces, connectors and additional functionalities of the sensor software can be integrated.
It is essential for sensor applications to adapt algorithms and parameters to the ambient conditions. This is why EBE performs extensive measurements for each OEM project. Comprehensive software packages record and evaluate data and optimize parameters. EBE works in modern software environments like Matlab and uses a tool suite developed in-house. The programs used can record data over longer periods of time and represent and process large data volumes.
Algorithms can first be implemented in a script-based way before being checked offline on the basis of the recorded data. Parameters and threshold values can be optimized under different aspects by means of a software tool developed by EBE.
All EBE sensors feature a diagnostic interface for the PC-based recording of measurement data. Furthermore, data from additional measuring devices and laboratory equipment can be stored synchronously. These include multimeters, data loggers and climatic chambers. In defined workflows, test benches can be controlled by nominal values.
In this way, the influences to be expected are determined, analyzed and integrated into the software design for the sensors. Typical ambient conditions are heat, humidity, strong movements or severe interferences.
Mechanics Development - from Idea to Series
Engineering solutions must be complete. And 100% appropriate for the planned product. No matter if dishwasher, medical device, electric vehicle or machine. This is why EBE offers the full range from mechanics development, housing design, rapid prototyping and sampling to the development of suitable electromotive drives. The experts in mechanical design develop housings which are specifically adapted to the individual installation space. This plays an important role, e.g. with the planning of new door opening modules for white goods.
The EBE developers also realize the specific design and implementation of electromotive solutions and drives. For cost-optimized large-volume production, many parts can also be made of plastics. The EBE lab uses latest methods and design tools to precisely design mechanics and housings to measure. Efficient rapid prototyping is one of the most prominent engineering competences. It is our goal to optimize the design before the first sample production.
- Our designers use the 3D CAD system Solid Works.
- FEM simulations show the aging due to bending, breakage, heat and resonances.
- Powerful 3D printers manufacture first sample parts within a short time.
- Stereolithography (SLA) and Fused Deposition Molding (FDM) support the prototyping.
- The samples are verified by 3D measuring machines from Zeiss and force-travel test benches.
Within the framework of OEM projects, the development program ranges from project sketch and CAD-design, prototyping and samling to the start of series production.