Small Towable Excavator

A customer wanted to build a excavator that was controlled by joysticks and small enough to be towed easily from location to location. But when it came to building this machine, the customer faced a challenge–the hydraulic controller it had intended to use wasn’t capable of executing the advanced joystick commands needed to safely drive and operate the machine. The customer turned to New Eagle for assistance.

From drawing to driving

New Eagle’s team first analyzed the machine’s existing system components, drawing a system schematic and characterizing the outputs to actuators.  After understanding how the original system operated, New Eagle’s engineers replaced the hydraulic electronic controller with a New Eagle unit that would allow for a wider range of control capabilities–the ECM-112. This controller was paired with a customized wire harness to fit the excavator.  Then, using an a model-based design process, New Eagle’s engineers wrote the control logic needed for the joystick inputs and hydraulic actuators to cleanly integrate into the system. After a successful calibration exercise, the excavator was ready to be put to work by the customer.

Old interface, new controls

With New Eagle’s assistance, the customer was able to meet its goals for the excavator, without sacrificing its user interface. Thanks to some savvy engineering work, New Eagle was able to meet all of the the customer’s requirements, creating a single or dual-joystick operated excavator.

Automotive OEM Production Level Controls

A customer was building a demonstration vehicle, but wanted to develop the controls systems with production intent on production-qualified hardware. To do this, the customer needed to navigate the difficult process of modeling, developing and testing the system, including all the potential operating conditions in which it would operate. The customer turned to New Eagle for assistance.

Modeling and testing

New Eagle’s team of engineers began by developing a model of the customer’s actuator in Simulink®. Next, they wrote algorithms to test and run simulations that represented different environmental conditions and manufacturing tolerances of the actuator’s parts. With these environmental and manufacturing tolerance parameters in place, New Eagle made it easy for the customer to create test scripts that easily simulated all the anticipated variations, ensuring the accompanying control algorithms would work across all real-world scenarios.

Speeding up time to development

With New Eagle’s model and parameters, it was easy for the customer to develop and test the control algorithms needed to run the system. When it came time to move from simulation to the hardware, the customer was able to use Raptor’s autocode generation feature to immediately put its Simulink® algorithms on production hardware. This allowed them to skip the process of rewriting algorithms in C/C++. In the end, the customer rapidly developed a demonstration system that met or exceeded OEM production-quality levels.

To learn more about how New Eagle can help you efficiently develop a reliable production-quality control system, contact its team of trusted engineers.

Gasoline-CNG Bi-fuel Vehicle Conversion

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A customer was in the middle of developing four demonstration vehicles (BMW X3, Hyundai Sonata, GMC Acadia Denali, Ford Mustang) powered by a custom natural-gas system.  While the mechanical conversion of the vehicles from petroleum to natural gas was successful, the aftermarket control solutions for delivering the fuel did not meet the customer’s performance goals. With a marketing event on the horizon, the customer needed to resolve this problem, and fast.

Four months, four vehicles

With just four months until the event, New Eagle’s engineers designed, prototyped and tested a custom gas injection system that controlled the injection of compressed natural gas. With better control over the gas injection rate, the customer’s vehicles were able to meet their efficiency goals.

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Demonstrating success

At the end of the project, the customer was able to showcase all four of its working vehicles at its marketing event, demonstrating the flexibility of New Eagle’s custom electronics and software development capabilities while pointing to a future for bi-fuel CNG and gasoline technology.

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EV for an Off Road Endurance Race

A customer wanted to enter a zero-emission electric vehicle into a two-week, off-road endurance race. The race required vehicles to cross up to 500 miles per day on some of South America’s toughest terrain—dunes, mud and rocks. No electric vehicle had ever competed in the race’s history, and the customer wanted to be the first. However, to do this, the customer needed help completing its EV’s control system and calibrating its electric motor.

The race to race-ready

With less than two months until racetime, the customer contacted New Eagle’s team for assistance. New Eagle’s engineers knew they had to move fast, so they used New Eagle’s EV Supervisor kit to jumpstart the control system development process. With the pre-programmed electronic control unit (ECU) in the Supervisor kit, New Eagle’s engineers simply worked with the customer’s engineering team to calibrate the ECU’s software to meet the vehicle’s specifications, which sped up the system development process.

Completing the system

New Eagle’s compatible, production-level EV components allowed the customer to select hardware that cleanly integrated with its EV, such as a wiring harness, DC/DC converter and pedals. When the customer needed certain components customized—like its contractor control unit and display—New Eagle’s engineers quickly tailored the hardware to meet the customer’s specifications.

Historic feats in record time

With New Eagle’s EV control system solutions and ASIL-certified engineering expertise, the customer successfully created a race-worthy EV despite a short timeline.  When the EV hit the road (or rather, off it)  in South America, it completed a historic first stage in the race.  

See how New Eagle can help you take control of your machine and development timeline by contacting our team of experts today.

3D Printed EV

3D on the outside, EV on the inside

A customer created a 3D printed tribute to a classic sports car for its 50th anniversary celebration at an auto show.  Wanting to take the tribute a step further, the customer planned on integrating an electric powertrain into the vehicle.  In order to do this, though, the customer needed to integrate a controller, EV component cooling system and touchscreen display. When this proved difficult, the customer looked to New Eagle for help.

Meeting requirements, beating deadlines

New Eagle’s engineers worked closely with the customer to understand the vehicle’s performance requirements and timeline goals.  With just three weeks to work on the project, New Eagle’s team successfully designed and integrated a custom EV system into the vehicle.

From tribute to triumph

Since New Eagle’s team exclusively uses production components, the customer’s vehicle was ready for more than just the show–it was ready for the road.  The vehicle, which was presented to former President Barack Obama and former Vice President Joe Biden, now enjoys a celebrity status.

Micro Turbine Heater

A turbine engine manufacturing company needed to update its obsolete and outdated hardware.  It soon realized that it would need to rewrite its legacy control software so it could be applied on a new,  reliable, automotive-grade controller.  New Eagle was contacted to assist with the process.

Improving systems, meeting specifications

To solve this complex control problem, New Eagle’s team reverse-engineered the manufacturer’s old system into function specifications.  Next, it converted these function specifications into software using embedded model-based development (eMBD) tools. New Eagle’s team then focused on improving the electrical system by redesigning the interface with all new components.

Heating up production

When it came time to test the system, New Eagle designed a testing plan that verified that the new system would include all the required functions.

Leveraging its eMBD tools, New Eagle developed a running, tested engine to the manufacturer within two months. This new control system allowed the manufacturer to increase production, decrease build time, and deliver a higher quality product, helping the manufacturer cut costs.

Supplying hardware and support

New Eagle then worked with the manufacturer’s engineering team, providing training and support so that the team would have the skills and tools needed to continue developing.  With New Eagle’s hardware supply chain, the manufacturer could also access the reliable components needed to meet its goals and production schedule.

Electric Van Conversion

Going green to save green

New Eagle was contacted to convert an OEM commercial vehicle into an electric one to help a customer to save on fuel costs for its shuttle services. New Eagle helped select an electric powertrain system, develop the vehicle’s controls and wiring harness, and integrate the system.

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Ford Transit van, electrified by New Eagle and Lightning Systems.

Creating the custom system

Using the EV supervisor software to jumpstart the control development process, New Eagle’s engineers succeeded in getting a first-version of the van running within the week. Next, New Eagle customized the software to meet the customer specifications.

Electrifying fleets

By the end of the project, New Eagle had designed a custom kit of hardware and software that could be used to transform nearly any van of the same make and model from an OEM to an electric one. With New Eagle, the customer was then able to launch a business converting gasoline vans to electric.

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Dodge Promaster van, electrified by New Eagle.

 

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Series Hybrid Class 8 Truck

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When Walmart decided to build a vehicle that demonstrated an alternative-fuel powertrain, it conceptualized an advanced on-highway Class 8 truck. This truck–what would one day become the Walmart Advanced Vehicle Experience (WAVE)–would feature a series-hybrid powertrain and a flexible-fuel microturbine generator.

But to transform its visionary vehicle into a reality, Walmart needed help developing the complicated control software and electric powertrain architecture. New Eagle was hired to assist.

Architeching the future

New Eagle’s team began by designing the WAVE’s complex electric powertrain architecture. Using its rapid-development tools, New Eagle quickly created a working system. Next, it built a custom interface into the WAVE’s microturbine controller, which facilitated the proprietary protocol over a serial interface

Results and Impact

The result was a truly unique vehicle that met the original customer’s expectations and inspired their own customers and employees alike.

Software for safety

With custom software created by New Eagle, Walmart was able to manage the startup and shutdown sequences of the WAVE’s microturbine and hybrid components. In addition, New Eagle’s software monitored the vehicle’s component limits, driver commands and energy management, allowing the WAVE to operate safely and efficiently.

Driving clean shipping

By working with New Eagle, Walmart was able to transform the WAVE from an idea into an innovation. New Eagle’s rapid development tools allowed Walmart to meet its timeline goals and showcase how green technology can be leveraged on-highway for cleaner shipping.

You can learn more about New Eagle’s hybrid architecture design and EV supervisory software by contacting the New Eagle team.  To learn more about the WAVE, check out the video below.

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Propane 8.0L Engine

Powertrain Integration wanted to provide an alternative-fuel engine that could be used in heavy duty vehicles. GM supported the project by supplying an 8.0L engine, while CleanFUEL USA provided an LPG fuel system. With these new hardware components at its fingertips, Powertrain Integration was on the cusp of a breakthrough in alt-fuel technology.  All it needed was a solid control strategy and a reliable electric control module (ECM), so it turned to New Eagle for assistance.

Creating the key to unlock a breakthrough

New Eagle suggested an ECM, which Powertrain Integration promptly approved. Next, New Eagle began developing the custom software that the ECM would use to control the machine. Customizing the software so it would meet the diagnostics for alt-fuel requirements on  heavy-duty machines, New Eagle created the control solution Powertrain Integration needed to advance alt-fuel vehicle technology.

Opening gateway to cleaner, greener machines

Through the joined effort in developing an alt-fuel solution for heavy-duty vehicles,  New Eagle, Powertrain Integration, GM, and CleanFUEL USA successfully opened the gateway to cleaner fuel options for machines like school busses and delivery vehicles that are used every day.

Transportable Oil Rig

An engineering firm was in the middle of tackling a complicated project–developing a system to control a transportable oil rig–when its hardware provider suddenly dropped out of the project.  Without a reliable supply of hardware, the engineering firm was quickly falling behind on its timeline. It turned to New Eagle for help.

Making up for lost time

New Eagle immediately met with the firm’s engineers on-site. There, New Eagle was introduced to the oil rig’s complex system–one that needed over ten control modules to safely operate the many hydraulic components. With an understanding of all the system’s requirements, New Eagle then began sourcing the hardware the engineering firm needed to get back on schedule.

Designing and refining

Next, New Eagle’s engineers assisted with electrical system design and control software development. In just a few months, New Eagle and the engineering firm had developed a functioning oil rig. Continuing to work with the firm, New Eagle tested and refine the control system and its software to ensure that the oil rig would perform safely and efficiently when delivered to the end-customer.

On-time success

With New Eagle’s reliable hardware supply line and electro-hydraulics control expertise, the engineering firm successfully developed a transportable oil rig on a trusted and tested production-control system, which was delivered to the end-customer on time.