Case Study: Vehicle Controls

Mobilizing Our Broad Range of Solutions

Product Highlights

For over twenty years, we have designed and manufactured vehicle driving controls to provide mobility to individuals with high-level disabilities. Our systems have also been utilized in unmanned military vehicles. Typical systems are integrated packages of both primary (accelerator/brakes/steering) and secondary controls (such as lights, windows and accessories)

Market
  • Automotive
  • Defense
Lifecycle Stages

From complete electrical and mechanical design through contract manufacturing. End products are highly configurable, composed of multiple controls and input devices that require a system level approach to design and manufacturing. Design services also include system re-fresh, with products currently at third generation architecture.

Key Challenges
  • Mobility conversions are inherently difficult, requiring sophisticated programming of controllers to replicate the typical driving experience
  • Each vehicle OEM has a different electrical architecture, and none provide aftermarket suppliers with any technical data, schematics, or other guidance that might help develop system interfaces
  • Enercon needed to obtain, teardown, study and re-engineer products for each new OEM platform (new vehicle model or modified electrical system)
Enercon Solutions
  • Customer has partnered with Enercon for greater efficiency and flexibility in keeping up with frequent OEM vehicle model changes
  • Enercon provides finished product design and manufacturing
  • Enercon ensures that all products meet strict redundant-system safety requirement (monitored by TÜV)
Enercon Services
  • Complete development of all system architecture and design (electrical and mechanical). This includes:
    • Designing and building control modules and input devices (PCB assemblies)
    • Device programming
    • Enclosure design
    • Mechanical interfaces
    • Design testing and verification
  • Product service and support
Results
  • Customer has relied on Enercon as its key design and manufacturing partner for over 20 years
  • Customer continues to be a world leader in sales of disability and autonomous driving controls

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