Embedded Software and Hardware Development for Egston

Client Background

Egston is an electronic manufacturing company based in Austria that produces high-quality inductive components such as transformers and inductor coils, antennas, cable systems for the automotive and other industries.

Business Challenge

The client needed to update their whole line of power supplies to comply with new norms on electromagnetic emission and efficiency. Since Egston has many kinds of units of different voltage, functions, and efficiency, the company needed to augment their development team to meet the tight deadline.

Transformation

The developers performed rigorous testing of all the parameters of the PSU such as voltage, radiation, electromagnetic emission, etc. The team delivered a working prototype is a short timeframe and ensured the best efficiency of the device while maintaining the necessary parameters.

Value delivered by N-iX

  • creating a set of power supplies to cover a wide range of voltages (from 5V to 24V);
  • certification by the strictest international standards for high efficiency, electromagnetic conducted and radiated emission of power supplies;
  • timely delivery of the project, meeting all the client’s requirements.
Location
AT, Austria
Industry
Electrical/Electronic Manufacturing, Charity sector
Partnership period
January 2011 - January 2012
Team size
3
Team location
UA, Ukraine, Lviv
Expertise delivered
Internet of Things Solutions
Technologies
PlayFab, PlayStation, OpenWRT, TCP, UDP, Schematic Design, Board Layout, Pulsonix, LeCroy Waverunner LT264

PRODUCT OVERVIEW

Client’s Goals

Egston manufactures a wide array of hardware for the automotive industry including transformers, sensor coils, cable systems etc. It also has a big line of power supplies meeting various needs and market standards. Since the new norms and regulations on electromagnetic emission and efficiency were about to be issued in Europe, the client needed to update their whole line of power supplies. Egston has many kinds of units of different voltage, functions, and efficiency, thus they had to meet a tight deadline and required to engage external resources.

Therefore, Egston cooperated with N-iX engineers on the hardware development of one of their lines of power supplies. They provided the team with the specifications and standards the device had to comply with. Since the project required rigorous testing involving a lot of equipment, the project had to be done fully on site.

Challenges

The major challenge of the project lied in reaching all the standards and testing all the parameters of the PSU. The engineers tested various kinds of voltage, radiation, electromagnetic emission etc.

The team was able to deliver a working prototype is a short timeframe but the challenge was in ensuring the best efficiency of the device, while maintaining the necessary parameters. Our specialists had to cope with the multidimensional multilevel task because when you change one indicator, others change too. Thus the engineers performed over 500 experiments only with electromagnetic emission.

Implementation

N-iX embedded engineers designed a line of power supplies comprising 5 types of units from 5 to 54 volts. They developed the board, the scheme and the construction of the transformer.

The programmers developed the hardware on site, selected the parameters to meet the required standards. Therefore, the device meets all the existing norms in the world including Europe, the USA, Japan, Israel etc. The power supply is compatible with any socket in the world – from 110 to 250 volts. Also, in all those combinations the device meets all the requirements including temperature, efficiency, electricity consumption etc.

Value Delivered by N-iX

N-iX professionals established effective communication with Egston core team and completed all the tasks of the project. Our engineers developed the line of power supplies meeting all the international standards in a limited timeframe. They carefully studied all the industry norms and documentation, performed rigorous testing of the hardware, and thus delivered the product fully ready for production.

  • creating a set of power supplies to cover a wide range of voltages (from 5V to 24V)
  • certification by the strictest international standards (USA, Europe, Israel, Japan) for high efficiency, electromagnetic conducted and radiated emission of power supplies
  • designed for worldwide use with input voltage from 90V to 264V, from 47Hz to 63Hz
  • developed the board, the scheme and the construction of the transformer
  • onsite development, verification and certification work to meet the requirements
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