Microcolor to Mercury

  • Business Problem:
    1. To overcome parts and technology obsolescence.
  • IIC Actions:
    1. Software:
      • Redesigned old DOS software in C#/ .Net with better HMI and performance. Remote upgrade and diagnostics capabilities.
    2. Embedded Firmware:
      • Redesigned old DOS firmware in Freescale's cold fire processor with a micro kernel. Multi-tasking capabilities
    3. Electronics:
      • Redesigned the key (zone) control intelligence into unitized PCBs to achieve better serviceability and flexible configurations
    4. Mechanical:
      • Designed the operator console unit with good ergonomics and serviceability.
    5. QA:
      • Alpha testing at IIC and beta test support remotely.
  • Technologies used:
    1. C#/ .Net, Embedded C with multithreaded firmware development.
  • Benefits:
    1. Resolved the major issue of flexible key spacing (12 to 64 keys).
    2. 30% cost reduction compared to older product with added new features.
    3. Opportunity to upgrade 3000 old installations


Microcolor

Servo power Unit3 (SPU3)

  • Business Problem:
    1. To overcome parts and technology obsolescence.
  • IIC Actions:
    1. Product specification & selection:
      • Developed the specifications of the products by keeping backward compatibility as a priority.
      • Intensive Research on components selection, EOL and compliance.
    2. Embedded Firmware:
      • Analyzed each and every signal going in and coming out of the old product to develop the firmware using latest technology.
    3. Electronics:
      • Development of proof of concept (PoC) board
      • Power calculations for feasibility analysis, power requirement analysis with other products.

  • Technologies used:
    1. Embedded C with multithreaded firmware development.
  • Benefits:
    1. Compatibility with all older products.
    2. Additional communication ports - RS422 and Ethernet
    3. Additional ports - 8 + 2 (older has 6 + 2)
    4. Better diagnostic
    5. Improved speed and performance


ServoPower

Probe Head Control Module (PHCM)

  • Business Problem:
    1. Develop Next Generation On Press System on new platform from 12 year old DOS based Embedded system.
  • IIC Actions:
    1. Contribution in the overall system architecture
    2. Designed and developed embedded system using C++ on Win CE 6.0 RTOS platform
    3. Designed Client server architecture, GigE 1.0 protocol interface, Interrupt based Press Event.
    4. Diagnostic support using C# based application
  • Technologies used:
    1. C++ on Win CE 6.0 RTOS platform
    2. C# for diagnostic applications
  • Benefits:
    1. Improved speed and performance
    2. Low cost product(BOM cost)
    3. Remote debug support.
    4. Very compact design with sophisticated features
    5. Opportunity to upgrade old installations