WE HELP YOU TAKE CONTROL
We believe in long-term relationships. Becoming our client means the start of a journey where we together identify and develop your “differentiating technology”. Technologies that will generate new revenues and provide you with unique core products. With our help, every single one of our clients has been able to strengthen their product offering and expand their business.
When working with us, you will soon realize three things:
We work hard to make sure we understand your specific business and the way you run it to be able to fully collaborate with you.
We don't want to waste your time in long advanced engineering projects. Instead we prefer quick piloting of ideas, speeding up time-to-market.
We take full responsibility for the results.
At CPAC, we believe in industrialized innovations. Take a look at our two main segments presented below, plus our selection of cases, and see if you believe in us.
Land is our major area of growth. Our engagement ranges from development of full electronic architectures to key differentiating features within maneuverability, vehicle communication and hybrid control systems. Our focus is on productivity, ergonomics and optimized use of vehicles and machines.
Sea is our heritage. CPAC was the first company ever to introduce full electronic integration in boats over 30 feet. The results have continuously made headlines in boating magazines around the world. The list is long and features include intuitive docking using joystick, full steer-by-wire including throttle and shift/gear, fully integrated driver interface and digital anchoring.
One of our clients had a problem. They wanted to be able to sell complete integrated drivelines for marine onboard application and needed a partner so they called us.
The marine industry has always been characterized by a number of different actors providing components to boat builders for them to integrate. The results have been far from satisfying. Extensive customization is required when building the boats, and the customer is faced by a fragmented service offer once the product has been delivered. We took the lead the in the development of a complete electronic control system.
Close collaboration and continuous quick prototyping led to a solution where all electronics were connected to one computerized on-board network. All key functionalities, such as rudder, throttle, slip and gear were now integrated in one system, with the possibility to dynamically add even more components over time.
New controls and driver interfaces were also implemented to simplify the user experience. Working with a system that will be subject to the harsh conditions of the sea required careful design and a systematic safety thinking to produce a fail-safe end product.
The results were astonishing. A completely new driving experience had been created. We call it “Easy Boating”. Practically anyone can now be the skipper of a 60-feet yacht. Having replaced conventional drive-by-cable solution with full drive-by-wire and connecting individual components allowed us to create truly differentiating products for the end customer, such as joystick docking and digital anchoring using GPS. For the boat builder, the self-configuring and sleek system has dramatically reduced installation time and our client is now able to provide a complete service offer.
Construction equipment is generally used in some of the worst conditions found on earth, often far away from civilization. The key to success in this business is productivity, to be able to secure high availability of your machines and to optimize their usage. Our client was in need of a solution that could provide the operator’s back office with continuous information about the machines at work.
After some brainstorming and prototyping together with the client and a partner we had the solution. An onboard telematics unit, connected to the electronic data network in the vehicle. This telematics unit is capable of picking up the status of all connected equipment in the machine.
The transmission of data to the operator's back office was designed to support both mobile and satellite networks to ensure connectivity, even in the remotest of locations.
The testimonials from the end users have all been positive. The availability of updated data to the vehicles led to both significant improvements in optimization of usage and the ability to plan services in a way that minimizes both downtime and costs. For example, it's now possible for the mechanics to bring the exact right parts when serving the vehicles. We were also able to add new differentiating features such as anti-theft alarms, rental control and rollover protection to further strengthen our client's product.
The trend of electrification of vehicles over the past year has led to an increased focus on power management. Making optimal use of the existing power available and minimizing energy consumption have been two important drivers. A client came to us with a mission. Develop a prototype for a more energy efficient and environmental friendly forklift truck.
In the initial requirement phase we identified start-stop as a potential piloting area. We created a system, based on dual batteries and active battery monitoring, which was verified on an existing diesel-powered truck with a positive result.
We have also identified even more differentiating features such as an intelligent battery recharging strategy that always guarantees power to start the engine.
The initial findings reveal energy savings between 10 and 30 percent. The prototype has also led to a number of key differentiating features that will be evaluated for production shortly.
The merge from purely mechanical and hydraulic systems to electrical ones has been a strong trend within the automotive industry over the past ten years. Electrical systems tend to come cheaper, lighter and easier to install than their mechanical or hydraulic counterparts. The real advantage, however, comes from the ability to exactly control and diagnose them and by combining different systems, new functionality can be developed that was not even possible before. An electronically controlled braking system for example shows a decrease in run-off-road crashes by 35%.
Steering has been one of the last vehicle systems up for an electronic version. The reason is that it is the most safety-critical system in the vehicle where only a slight error can result in a crash. One of our customers approached us and asked us to join in an ongoing proposal request process. They were developing electronical steering for industrial applications and were not satisfied with the responses from the leading manufacturers. After evaluating if we believed we could compete this late in the process, we proposed what turned out to be a completely different alternative.
The continuation took an interesting turn. we won the RFP process in open competition and we were awarded the project. Together with our customer, we managed to develop the most sofisticate electronical steering system on the market that not only improved driver erconomics but also filtered out road disturbances and significantly improved both handling and reversing capabilities.