APPLICATIONS

Innovation in the Making

The combination of Pi Innovo’s engineering consulting team and our OpenECU rapid control prototype platform enables us to support a broad range of production and prototype programs.  From high volume production engine control software to proof-of-concept projects such as advanced driveline electrification, aftermarket alternative-fuel and aftertreatment emission controls, Pi Innovo has the experienced engineering resources and product platforms to meet your needs.

The same OpenECU module used for your rapid control prototype system development can also be used for demonstration fleets and low to intermediate volume production.   Pi Innovo has the experience and process discipline to execute safety critical production hardware and software programs, and the flexibility to “do what it takes” for rapid prototyping.  Many customers engage with Pi Innovo for our production ready customizable OpenECU rapid prototyping platform but become long-term customers as they work with our engineering team. A growing portion of Pi Innovo ’s business is delivering fully custom electronics hardware designs.  Detailed hardware requirements are defined using the OpenECU platform and custom modules are developed to meet specific customer performance, cost, reliability and packaging requirements.  Most high volume custom modules are manufactured by our customers or by customer determined contract manufacturers.

Engine Control

Pi Innovo engineers have been at the forefront of engine control development for 25 years, delivering class-leading specifications for performance, drivability, emissions and fuel-economy. The combination of Pi Innovo’s engineering consulting team and our OpenECU rapid prototyping controllers, engine control strategies and software development platform has positioned us to support a broad range of production and prototype programs.  The same OpenECU module used for your rapid controls system development can be used for demonstration fleets and low to intermediate volume production.

Pi Innovo has the experience and process discipline to execute safety critical production hardware and software programs and the flexibility to “do what it takes” for rapid prototyping.


Chassis Control

Pi Innovo has extensive experience using electronic controls to improve all aspects of dynamic vehicle performance.

Specific experience includes systems that control active suspension struts and dampers, modify differential output, apply braking and adjust the aerodynamics of the vehicle. These systems model the vehicle attitude and driver intention to adjust the vehicle controls, optimizing stability and performance.

Pi Innovo-designed systems are improving a wide range of vehicles, from boutique supercars to off-highway and military vehicles that tackle the most arduous terrains.

Our flexible range of customizable OpenECU modules includes the M461, with 3-axis accelerometer and 3-axis gyroscopic sensors that can be used for initial rapid prototyping and as the basis for volume solutions.


Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Control

Pi Innovo has many years of experience in the development of control systems for pure electric and hybrid-electric vehicles. Technologies include: hybrid combinations of battery power with gasoline, diesel and fuel cell power sources. Leading-edge research projects have included the use of novel hydraulic power storage and delivery systems.

Our skills have been applied to whole vehicle modeling, vehicle system control and the control of fundamental hybrid powertrain components such as battery management and engine stop-start control as well as the electrification of various vehicle auxiliary systems.


Exhaust Gas Aftertreatment

Pi Innovo has extensive experience working with diesel engine and exhaust system manufacturers to develop electronic control solutions that meet progressively more stringent emissions regulations. Experiences include engine and exhaust aftertreatment ECU hardware design and development of both air cooled and fuel cooled systems, control software and diagnostics development and engineering support in resolving post-production issues.

Pi Innovo-designed diesel exhaust aftertreatment controllers are in volume production on medium and heavy-duty commercial vehicle applications worldwide.


GaN for Advanced Power Electronics

Pi Innovo have designed and implemented custom motor control electronics to take advantage of the benefits of GaN semiconductors in applications with a wide range of input voltages from 12V to 300V, making the design ideally suited to the electrification of auxiliary vehicle systems on multi-voltage conventional, hybrid-electric, and pure electric vehicles. This controller design provides a functional starting-point for the development of 48V and above high-speed motor-driven vehicle systems.


Infotainment

For more than two decades, Pi Innovo has offered infotainment engineering services including software, electronics and mechanical design. Our agile approach and broad experience in automotive product design make Pi Innovo ideally suited for unusual or specialist developments where timescales are short, commercial off-the shelf solutions are not available or the environment is not suited for a typical infotainment design specification

Pi’s experience covers a broad range of mainstream applications including AM, FM, DAB and Satellite radio solutions, as well as instrument cluster development for both Tier 1 and OEM clients.

From complex architectural analysis and representation to detailed design and development, Pi has successfully completed commercial projects for prestige vehicle manufacturers and volume Tier 1 clients.


Specialty

The flexibility of the OpenECU platform combined with Pi Innovo’s engineering consulting team has earned us the privilege of working on some unique control applications.

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