Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:

 

Advanced Finnish technology for automotive wiring systems

24.09.2003


Assisted by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, PKC Group, Finland works to develop bus technology applications for use in the power distribution and control systems on commercial vehicles. The concept is to offer customers flexible intelligent features while reducing the amount of wiring. The new LIN (Local Interconnect Network) technology was recently deemed to be the most promising technology to fulfil vehicle manufacturers’ new technological specifications.



To succeed in competition, vehicle manufacturers demand an increasing number of features from the automotive electronic systems. As the amount of electronics and number of onboard electrical devices increase, leading vehicle manufacturers have had to specify new technological requirements for vehicle wiring systems. By using the new LIN (Local Interconnect Network) technology, vehicle manufacturers can reduce the number of onboard cables and easily modify the functions of electrical equipment. LIN technology refers to a single-wire system in which sensors, actuators, and even switches, can be distributed along a single communication bus. Conventional bus technologies are too expensive for this purpose. VTT analyzed the requirements set by the LIN bus systems and proposed a number of options for their implementation.

PKC Group makes use of the bus technology specified by Audi, BMW, Daimler Chrysler, Motorola, Volcano Communications Technologies, Volvo and VW to assist manufacturers in the implementation of vehicle wiring. With advanced bus technology, the number, size and cost of cables can be reduced further. At the same time, the new technology makes it easier to modify individual functions of the electrical equipment.


VTT also made an implementation plan for the PKC gateway module. The gateway module is used to connect the LIN bus to other onboard bus systems. Furthermore, special attention was paid to the training and servicing requirements of the new technology. By applying the latest bus technology, PKC seeks to consolidate its position as a leading supplier of wiring systems for commercial vehicles.

- These new products support our other main line of business, the manufacture of wiring harnesses for the heavy-duty automotive industry. It was recognised that the number of cables required in vehicles would become excessively high in the foreseeable future, and therefore the industry was forced to prepare new standards. We will offer manufacturers systems and tools that conform to the new specifications, says Mr Mika Niskanen, Team Leader for Automotive Electronics Systems at the PKC Group Oyj.

PKC is an expert in automotive electronics and was able to master the new technology with VTT’s assistance. Through VTT, PKC received a great deal of information about the requirements set by vehicle manufacturers. As a result of the project, PKC is now in a good position to proceed even to next generation bus technology.

Jarmo Alanen | alfa
Further information:
http://www.lin-subbus.org

More articles from Transportation and Logistics:

nachricht Tool helps cities to plan electric bus routes, and calculate the benefits
09.01.2017 | International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)

nachricht Realistic training for extreme flight conditions
28.12.2016 | Technical University of Munich (TUM)

All articles from Transportation and Logistics >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: Making lightweight construction suitable for series production

More and more automobile companies are focusing on body parts made of carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP). However, manufacturing and repair costs must be further reduced in order to make CFRP more economical in use. Together with the Volkswagen AG and five other partners in the project HolQueSt 3D, the Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. (LZH) has developed laser processes for the automatic trimming, drilling and repair of three-dimensional components.

Automated manufacturing processes are the basis for ultimately establishing the series production of CFRP components. In the project HolQueSt 3D, the LZH has...

Im Focus: Wonder material? Novel nanotube structure strengthens thin films for flexible electronics

Reflecting the structure of composites found in nature and the ancient world, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have synthesized thin carbon nanotube (CNT) textiles that exhibit both high electrical conductivity and a level of toughness that is about fifty times higher than copper films, currently used in electronics.

"The structural robustness of thin metal films has significant importance for the reliable operation of smart skin and flexible electronics including...

Im Focus: Deep inside Galaxy M87

The nearby, giant radio galaxy M87 hosts a supermassive black hole (BH) and is well-known for its bright jet dominating the spectrum over ten orders of magnitude in frequency. Due to its proximity, jet prominence, and the large black hole mass, M87 is the best laboratory for investigating the formation, acceleration, and collimation of relativistic jets. A research team led by Silke Britzen from the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy in Bonn, Germany, has found strong indication for turbulent processes connecting the accretion disk and the jet of that galaxy providing insights into the longstanding problem of the origin of astrophysical jets.

Supermassive black holes form some of the most enigmatic phenomena in astrophysics. Their enormous energy output is supposed to be generated by the...

Im Focus: A Quantum Low Pass for Photons

Physicists in Garching observe novel quantum effect that limits the number of emitted photons.

The probability to find a certain number of photons inside a laser pulse usually corresponds to a classical distribution of independent events, the so-called...

Im Focus: Microprocessors based on a layer of just three atoms

Microprocessors based on atomically thin materials hold the promise of the evolution of traditional processors as well as new applications in the field of flexible electronics. Now, a TU Wien research team led by Thomas Müller has made a breakthrough in this field as part of an ongoing research project.

Two-dimensional materials, or 2D materials for short, are extremely versatile, although – or often more precisely because – they are made up of just one or a...

All Focus news of the innovation-report >>>

Anzeige

Anzeige

Event News

Fighting drug resistant tuberculosis – InfectoGnostics meets MYCO-NET² partners in Peru

28.04.2017 | Event News

Expert meeting “Health Business Connect” will connect international medical technology companies

20.04.2017 | Event News

Wenn der Computer das Gehirn austrickst

18.04.2017 | Event News

 
Latest News

Wireless power can drive tiny electronic devices in the GI tract

28.04.2017 | Medical Engineering

Ice cave in Transylvania yields window into region's past

28.04.2017 | Earth Sciences

Nose2Brain – Better Therapy for Multiple Sclerosis

28.04.2017 | Life Sciences

VideoLinks
B2B-VideoLinks
More VideoLinks >>>