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Engineering the Future

Our engineers anticipate customer needs, listen to industry trends and explore opportunities for innovation.

In other words, we invest in research & development activities beyond our current program and projects. This prepares to us to introduce fresh solutions to today’s engineering challenges and tomorrow’s emerging technology. These activities are designed to advance Morey telematics solutions, customer-driven products and a host of technology applications and platforms.

Graphical Display of Sensor Data from Host System MySQL Database / Remote Sensor M2M Gateway via Ethernet WAN

Morey’s hardware engineers are pursuing this solution because it demonstrates a simplified, end-to-end path of an M2M system architecture. The “Sense-Think-Act” framework central to any IoT application is enabled through sensor data aggregated in an M2M gateway connected to a host system, where a database resides. The medium between the gateway can be physical (ethernet) or wireless (wifi/cellular/satellite), and the data can be presented graphically for analysis.

Applications for this type of IoT system are increasing as this market explodes. This research applies to the M2M, P2M, M2P markets, and can be utilized for predictive data to achieve increases in efficiency and reliability, such as the Morey Connect series of telematics products.

Demonstrations are being performed using open-source development platforms on the Arduino and Raspberry Pi, and MySQL and Mathematica softwares.  This allowed for rapid development for proof of concept and tests monitoring temperature, light and a switch-contact closures. A wired Ethernet switch transmitted the sensor data; however, wireless technologies such as BLE, ZigBee and wifi could also create a full wireless sensor network.

 

AC/DC Power Meter module for use with MC-3 Products

These efforts are designed to increase capabilities for customers utilizing Morey’s MC-3 telematics products for powered assets. For customers with Bluetooth functionality in the device, the power meter is a complementary unit that communicates with the MC-3 via Bluetooth or a serial port, and report location and motion information for a portable generation, as well as usage information during operation. Users can also monitor peak and RMS voltage, as well as current, apparent, reactive and active power, and power factor.

Helpful for billing and diagnostic purposes, this system could be used with any moveable AC or DC generator set, with all necessary measurements and calculations completed by a Microchip MCP39F01. The team has also evaluated this technology as research for peripherals that communicate with MC-3 products, where the MC-3 would read the desired values and report to the back end without significant loading of its processor.

 

Sustainable, High-Speed Li-Ion Battery Charging

Based on customer interest in faster charging speeds for M2M systems across a variety of applications. With an explosion of battery powered wireless products, the team is pursuing fast Li-Ion battery charging solutions edge devices, sensor, monitors and other communication technologies. Morey’s engineers are driving solutions to charge cells more efficiently in hardware that require little or no software interaction.

Similarly, Morey’s team is researching solar charging functionality for battery powered M2M devices, such as the MC-1 telematics products for non-powered or occasionally powered assets that provide reliable, efficient charging options without sacrificing device size and functionality. In addition to using a sustainable source of energy and reducing battery waste, this application is ideal for remote, not powered assets like storage containers, removing the need to recharge or replace batteries in the field.

 

BLDC Motor Controls Replacing Brushed

Customers across several markets are engaged in mechatronics, or the conversion to electrical solutions in lieu of traditionally mechanical systems, or a hybrid of both.  In anticipation of increased customer demand, the team is exploring solutions for any motor controller that drives spinning shaft such as fan motors for vehicle cooling, vacuum systems, fluid pumps and engine coolant.

BLDC motors can provide 10 times longer lifespan than brushed technology, as well as increased efficiencies. Morey is focused on research related to 3 Phase controller design for 4K to 20K+ rpm. This supplements our experience with 2 Phase controller design from 4 Amp to 50 Amps targeted for automotive temperature in the range of -55° to 95C° operations.

New Cable Technology to Accommodate USB protocols and Strict Industry EMI.EMC Standards

Developing new cable technology to implement USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 in compact, retractable cord reels while complying with strict industry EMI/EMC standards.

In-flight entertainment options are evolving with customer expectations and technology advances. To accommodate airline passengers and their smartphones, tablets and laptop charing needs, upgrades are needed to the traditional systems available on IFE USB ports. Passengers also want to be able to download data and movies to these devices, requiring a higher bandwidth data transfer provided by the latest USB standards.

Morey’s engineers are advancing new cable technology able to accommodate USB 2.0 and 3.0 to accommodate these passenger expectations and provide competitive in-flight offerings for the airlines. Because of the unique application, the upgrades must be accommodated within compact, retractable cord reels. comply with strict industry EMI/EMC standards and be compatible with existing technology and infrastructure.

Functional Test Automation

Time to market is one of the driving forces for the successful launch of products, one which does not give way for the complexity of work that must be executed to achieve a high-quality product on schedule. Agile development methodologies demand that testing occurs as early in the process as possible to detect malfunctions or deviations from the customer expectations. Test Automation is enabling us with each release to achieve testing with increased speed and scalability.

While test automation provides the benefit of increased execution speeds, the primary value is in the creation of reproducible, reliable, cost-effective testing that can scale to provide statistical feedback.  Applicable to any development cycle, functional testing impacts as many products as possible with a single test framework and reusable testing blocks. The IT&V team is currently automating several of the blocks and features comprising  core M2M devices, with applications for other functionalities such as vehicle communications, SMS communications, Over-the-Air programming and serial interfaces.

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