Production and Prototyping Expertise
100+ million miles of production engine control software
150+ rapid controls prototyping & technology development projects
100,000+ ECUs in production using Pi Innovo’s developed software
The combination of Pi Innovo’s engineering consulting team and our OpenECU® rapid controls prototyping platform has positioned us to support a broad range of production and prototype vehicle control systems programs. The same OpenECU module used for your model based rapid controls 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 controls prototyping. Many customers engage with Pi Innovo for our production ready customizable OpenECU platform but become long-term customers as they experience working with our engineering team. A growing portion of Pi Innovo’s business is to deliver fully custom electronic hardware designs to meet specific customer performance, cost, reliability and packaging requirements.
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An OEM required a custom ECU for driving a fuel pump for an experimental fuel on a fleet of vehicles. Furthermore, this customer wanted rapid prototyping features.
For a customer doing small production runs across several years, a fully populated off the shelf OpenECU wasn’t the most cost effective or efficient solution.
Pi Innovo worked as an integrated part of a customer's team to support managing production application code delivery to multiple end-customers. All production level applications were developed using the MATLAB Simulink toolchain.
Pi Innovo is experienced with both high and low level requirements for standard engine control systems, to include developing a safety systems for a Tier 1 supplier.
Pi Innovo has successfully worked with a large OEM's engineers to develop gasoline engine control software. The integrated teams have greatly expanded Pis' expertise.
A customer using Pi Innovo’s OpenECU platform software and M560 ECU as the hybrid control unit (HCU) for their specialty application, also wanted Pi to develop the supervisory control strategy.
Pi designed, developed and implemented a gasoline engine ECU and full control software to meet the first South African emission regulations.
Pi Innovo helped a major small engine manufacturer transition to modern model-based engine control development by helping them build their own internal department at the company’s global headquarters.
Development of ABS system with brake-based Traction Control and Stability Management for AM General’s next-generation light tactical wheeled vehicle application.
Pi Innovo developed an active aerodynamic systems controler for a well known European boutique supercar manufacturer.
Pi Innovo's M670 OpenECU is being used by the Environmental Protection Agency for emissions control research.
Pi Innovo’s engineering team used the OpenECU platform to develop custom control algorithms to provide individual wheel torque management via hydraulic-controlled limited-slip differentials
Electric vehicles (EVs), such as battery electric vehicles or plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, are expected to take over a major part of the transportation sector. As a result, the demand for Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE), also known as Charging Stations, is growing.
Pi Innovo systems engineers and OpenECU are Jaguar Land Rover choice for rapid development of a prototype electric vehicle for use in South African game reserves.
A combination of Pi Innovo’s OpenECU engine controller, Gasoline Engine Control Strategies, and Pi’s systems and controls engineering teams provided support for a MIRA demonstrator vehicle.
OpenECU for Vehicle Supervisory Control in Autonomous Vehicles; Controlling Engine, Braking and Transmission
Pi Innovo’s Engineering Team using the OpenECU M460 created the controls enabling key functions of Lockheed Martin’s appliqué vehicle autonomy solution.
Development of a semi-active suspension control system to meet the mobility, transportability and survivability requirements of next-generation military light tactical wheeled vehicles.
Open ECU was used alongside a novel, hydraulic energy storage system to create a demonstrator vehicle based on an X-type Jaguar production car.
Typically, an Engine Control Unit (ECU) is developed for a specific engine and expected to live with that engine for the life of the ECU. However, in Kuka’s production manufacturing environment.
To meet the increasingly stringent regulations on passenger vehicle fuel economy and emissions, automotive OEMs are frequently turning to mild hybrid technologies.
To develop a precision analog current source output using OpenECU's M670, to be utilized as a control source for precise force control of solenoids for developing transmission control strategies.
Due to multiple customer requests, Pi Innovo developed the M110 OpenECU to satisfy the need for a module with 4 CAN channels which can be used individually or linked together to provide a gateway.
Pi Innovo adapted proven automotive technology to aircraft piston engine control applications including the necessary dual-redundant functionality to comply with aviation safety and flight control requirements.
Pi Innovo was once again called on to further develop a concept to enable the assessment of the applicability of an electric Defender for wider use.
A Pi Innovo customer was using an ECU for engine control and a separate stand-alone UEGO interface ECU but wanted to migrate to the integrated solution offered by Pi’s M670 ECU.
Starting with an existing M220 OpenECU, a customized variant (M221) was created to drive up to 10 injectors in addition to controlling a Liquid Propane Gas (LPG) tank system .
Pi Innovo designed, developed, and delivered A-samples for a custom piezo injector driver module for a CNG application in five months.
Pi Innovo designed custom electronics for a customer to control a Brushless DC (BLDC) motor that runs an engine related system, reducing the load that the engine has to manage directly. This led to improved system efficiency and fuel economy.
Pi Innovo was commissioned to design an ECU that could also be used as a step on the side of a two-story engine. This unit was able to solve several significant problems with the engine design and operation.
Lycoming Engines and Pi Innovo have a long term collaboration on the development of electronic engine management for the companies market leading aircraft piston engines.
Many vehicle operators are looking to convert existing vehicles to run on alternative gaseous fuels. Pi Innovo can provide cost-effective controller solutions to meet each customer's unique I/O requirements.
Pi Innovo designed, developed and delivered custom production ECU hardware, as well as supplied the production platform software for commercial vehicle aftertreatment application.
This project was for the development of an active damping kit for commercial armored SUVs, to address the ride quality and handling issues seen when adding large amounts of weight to the body of a vehicle.
Pi Innovo is proud to have partnered for over 20 years with Detroit Diesel Corporation (DDC) on heavy-duty diesel engine controls.