JPC Brain device was designed and implemented as part of the project ” ΑΗΜΕΚΤ – Development of a specialized portable device for the control and debugging of electronic control units for transmissions and diesel engines” under the National Action“RESEARCH-CREATE-INNOVATE II”and co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) of the European Union and national resources through the Operational Programme Competitiveness, Entrepreneurship & Innovation (OPCoEI) (Project Code: T2EDK-04223).

Project Summary (excerpt from the project's technical annex)

The aim of this research proposal is to develop a specialized portable device for the control and debugging of electronic control units for transmissions and diesel engines.
Using this device, the user will be able to control automatic hydraulic transmissions from various manufacturers currently used in construction machinery, buses, and potentially in passenger vehicles in the future. Additionally, it will be capable of starting and controlling internal combustion diesel engines used in construction machinery, boats, electric generators, and various other machines and vehicles. Finally, it will have the capability to accurately control all types of analog or digital hydraulic valves with precision similar to that of the manufacturer.

The aim of this research proposal is to develop a specialized portable device for the control and debugging of electronic control units for transmissions and diesel engines. Using this device, the user will be able to control automatic hydraulic transmissions from various manufacturers currently used in construction machinery, buses, and potentially in passenger vehicles in the future. Additionally, it will be capable of starting and controlling internal combustion diesel engines used in construction machinery, boats, electric generators, and various other machines and vehicles. Finally, it will have the capability to accurately control all types of analog or digital hydraulic valves with precision similar to that of the manufacturer.

In order to achieve the above objectives, the following will collaborate:

a) JPC Transmission Service, the only company dedicated to the repair of heavy-duty hydraulic transmissions in Greece,

b) KΕΝΟΤΟΜ, a new and rapidly growing company in the field of electronic control units in the automotive industry,

c) RDC I nformatics, which has already had two decades of successful experience in the Information Technology & New Technologies market,

d) Innosophy, which has extensive experience in providing research services in the field of information and communication technologies, as well as business development services, and

e) η Innoesys Innovative Embedded Systems ΙΚΕ, whose activities include promoting and implementing new innovative products, managing an online store with prototype development products, designing and manufacturing electronic systems, and promoting them in the market

To implement the project, six Work Packages (WPs) have been developed, as described below:

  • Prototype Design and Development
  • Testing and Creation of “Version B”
  • Certification, Redesign, and Final Release
  • Documentation of the final product
  • Innovation Actions
  • Participation in exhibitions

It is estimated that the results of the project will enhance the efficiency of the businesses that utilize them and provide them with a significant competitive advantage.


Expected results of the project

Living in an era where the pace of technological development is constantly increasing, a significant gap has emerged for the first time between the technology we use every day and the ability of technicians to understand, control, and repair it in case of failure. Vehicles are already equipped with dozens of ECU, hundreds of sensors, and kilometers of wiring, without technicians being able to comprehend the operating principles of all these systems. Industry players in this field are attempting to guide technicians through embedded routines using error codes, and in many cases, they do not allow the repair of subsystems but instead enforce their replacement and the return of the faulty components to the factory. It is becoming more common to visit an authorized workshop with complaints about the performance of our car, only to receive the response: “If it doesn’t produce an error, it is functioning correctly, and we can’t do anything about it.” Surely manufacturers did not have this in mind when designing control systems, but unfortunately, this is the reality worldwide. Our effort specifically targets those technicians who want to take control of the transmission or the engine but are not allowed to do so due to electronics. With our device, we enter the basic elements of a transmission, independently control them, and ultimately bring technology into our hands, sharing this capability with people worldwide who have the skills to understand and repair problems but are hindered by complex electronics. The result will be a simplified relearning process of the fundamental elements of transmissions, no matter how complex they may seem, and the utilization of individual controls for problem diagnosis or gaining control of the transmission. We drastically reduce the required labor hours and the level of technical expertise needed to address problems that may require immediate solutions at critical times. We provide additional options to customers of major equipment manufacturers so that they are not entirely dependent on the manufacturer’s diagnostic tools or equipment, which, as previously mentioned, may not always be available for purchase. Additionally, we will create the necessary conditions for future development of additional capabilities that will act as an add-on to our product. For example, designing and constructing setups for the experimental testing of the proper functioning of each proportional electro-hydraulic valve and sensor under temperature and pressure conditions identical to real ones, to ensure individual verification before their installation in the transmission. In the future, we could also manufacture suitable setups for starting the ECUs of both transmissions and engines in a laboratory environment (not on the machine) for verifying their correct operation, reading their error history, or even reprogramming them.

The partners of the AHMEKT project consortium

The company KENΟTOM is a new and rapidly growing purely Greek company with a focus on export activities. It was founded in 2014 and is managed by Electrical Engineers (holding postgraduate and doctoral degrees) who have been active in the field of electronic control units for conventional (gasoline/diesel) and electric vehicles for several years, working for major suppliers of such systems in Central Europe. Starting with two individuals, it currently employs over 70 workers. It has a highly regarded research and development department staffed by well-trained and experienced scientists and researchers, the majority of whom hold dual degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering, exceeding 60 individuals. Some of its clients include major electronic suppliers to the automotive industry (Continental, Magna, and others), and the end customers of the electronic control units are major automobile manufacturers (AUDI, VW, Daimler, and others). Additionally, KENOTOM collaborates on a research level with various academic institutions in Greece and abroad for the development of new technologies for electronic control units and maintains close relationships with several educational institutions in northern Greece through internships, diploma theses, doctoral scholarships, and research grants for student groups, such as Aristurtle. It is worth noting that a significant percentage of its permanent staff originated from collaborations during internships, and in 2017, it won the award for best internship practice from the Department of Electrical Engineering at Aristotle University. KENOTOM operates in the field of electronic control unit development for the automotive industry. Specifically, it possesses significant knowledge, research experience, and technical expertise in the design, study, development, testing, and construction of electronic control units for various components of gasoline/diesel and electric vehicles (e.g., automatic transmission, oil pump control) as well as advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) at the design, implementation, and testing level (e.g., automatic parking, lane-keeping assistance, environment simulation for ADAS applications, etc.) It specializes in microcontroller programming, control software and system automation, simulation model development for MiL (Model-in-the-Loop), SiL (Software-in-the-Loop), and HiL (Hardware-in-the-Loop) car simulation systems, conducting experimental tests, and studying/evaluating results. Moreover, KENOTOM has significant experience in the control and automation of testing installations (test benches). As part of its clients’ projects, it has developed and optimized control algorithms for automatic transmissions of various technologies (planetary up to 9-speed, dual-clutch, sequential, and others), control and monitoring mechanisms for proper functioning of electric and conventional engines, software for coordinating electric and conventional engines, monitoring mechanisms, and safety systems for passenger safety, control algorithms for electric motors. At the same time, it has developed simulation models of the dynamic behavior of almost the entire car, including suspension and behavior on various types of road surfaces (asphalt, snow, gravel, etc.) These models are used in Hardware-in-the-Loop simulators, where control units of some of the most advanced passenger cars from major European automotive manufacturers are tested. All of the above has been done based on strict development procedures, the standards that must be followed, measures for passenger safety that are necessary, and in general, by adhering to the very stringent specifications of the automotive industry, which make it extremely difficult for new companies to penetrate this space. Specifically, in all the company’s projects, the architecture imposed by Autosar6 is used, while the processes of the implemented projects for clients have been certified up to Automotive Spice7 Level 2. Finally, the various software components that have been developed comply with the ISO262628 safety standard, which is necessary for any vehicle that operates on the road. Additionally, KENOTOM has taken complete control and automation of test installations, such as the hydraulic rotor movement system for Airbus Helicopters and the controlled climate conditions system installed at the Centre of Applied Aviation Research in Hamburg-Finkenwerder.

JPC Transmission Service, the only company dedicated to heavy-duty hydraulic transmission repair in Greece, has years of experience in the field and deeply understands the requirements of such a device. Simultaneously, it can provide all the equipment for testing the device under real conditions, both at its facilities and on construction sites worldwide. It is located in rented premises in Aspropyrgos, Attica, and operates as a Construction Machinery Workshop. In addition to Christos Mourafetis, the main shareholder, and manager, the company employs a total of 3 people, 2 engineers, and 1 secretary. It has invested in modern tools and equipment for disassembling, repairing, and reassembling transmissions, as well as for diagnosing faults. These include specialized instruments for measuring mechanical, electrical, and hydraulic parameters. It has also constructed a unique transmission test bench through which it can provide motion to the repaired transmissions and perform final checks on their proper functioning before delivering them to the customer. The company has a particularly rich collection of spare parts books and repair manuals for all the types of transmissions it repairs.

The main shareholder and manager of the company, Christos Mourafetis, has been a shareholder and manager of the company “JPC Machinery & Parts Ltd” since 1998. The company initially started with the trade and repair of computers but quickly took over his father’s company, Mr. Ioannis Mourafetis, who is an engineer specializing in construction machinery repair since 1975. Even as a student, he worked in the family business, repairing imported construction machinery, rebuilding them, and selling them in the Greek market. During the first years, he specialized in automatic transmissions, and in 2008, the company stopped repairing and selling machinery and focused on transmission repair and spare parts trade. It also became the exclusive service center for DANA transmissions in Greece. Despite the economic crisis, the company’s progress did not decline at any point. In early 2017, he decided to establish an independent company, which today is one of the collaborators in developing this specific plan, which has been in progress for over 5 years. During these years, he deepened his technical knowledge to gain a comprehensive understanding of every aspect of transmission operation. He attended courses in the Labview platform and collaborated with reputable automation professionals in developing the prototype. He studied Mechanical Engineering Technology at the Piraeus University of Applied Sciences (formerly TEI Piraeus) and graduated in 1999. Some indicative customers of our company regarding transmission repair are: AKTOR S.A., TERNA S.A., Goldair Handling, Skyserv, PPC, etc.

RDC Informatics has already completed two successful decades in the IT and New Technologies market, specializing in software development and utilization in business environments, as well as electronic marketing. RDC Informatics operates in the software development field, with a focus on web development applications and mobile applications for smartphones. It has a particular focus on the development and promotion of the MELO Digital Learning Ecosystem, a platform for digital learning applications. The company’s primary strategy is the design and development of innovative software applications that fully utilize portable smart devices, following the global software industry’s “cloud first, mobile first” strategy. It strategically invests in a highly educated and capable workforce to serve its specific purpose and develop “smart” solutions sought after by the international market.

The company’s areas of activity are:

  1. Software Applications Development
  2. Digital Marketing Services

The software products it produces are divided into the following categories:

  1. E-business applications (e-shops and B2B applications)
  2. E-learning applications (e-learning platforms)
  3. Custom web applications
  4. Custom mobile applications
  5. Interactive educational software applications (IWB apps)

For the entire range of software products, the company provides comprehensive project management services, consulting services, training services, technical support, and telephone support.

The core production process in the company is software development. The company employs specialized personnel who cover all individual production processes, from application design and analysis to final user training.

Specifically, the following roles participate in the production process:

  • Business/Software analysts
  • Software Architects
  • UX designersSoftware Developers
  • Testing & support agents

The entire production process is documented and controlled using Code Versioning Control systems such as Microsoft Team Foundation Server (TFS) and GitHub, and it is monitored using modern Project Management methodologies. The company is involved in research in the following areas:

  • Adaptive Learning, Machine Learning
  • Social Learning – Social Engagement
  • Operational Excellence through business automation
  • Quality & Risk Management of Corporate Governance
  • IoT / Big Data Software applications

RDC Informatics is certified with ISO 9001 Quality Management System and ISO 27001 Information Security System.

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ΙNNOESYS ounded in May 2015, is a company whose main shareholders and founders have extensive experience in the development of electronic systems and applications in both the private and academic sectors. They decided to create an innovative enterprise that generates and produces innovative products. Its activities include the promotion and implementation of new innovative products, the management of an online store with prototype development products, the design and construction of electronic systems products, and their marketing. In 2015, the company participated in the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Hub of Technopolis Athens (INNOVATHENS) and the Business Incubator of Athens (THEA), where it received an honorary distinction from the Athens Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Additionally, the company participates in exhibitions such as Startup Safari and has been recognized in competitions like the Open Design Projects Competition of the Greek Free/Open-Source Software Society (GFOSS) with the innovative idea “J’arrive,” which combines our personal smart portable device with workspace energy consumption and received funding for it. The company specializes in the development of firmware for embedded systems across a variety of microprocessors. Simultaneously, it undertakes the complete design and development of hardware and software for integrated systems. It provides innovative solutions and implements integrated products for the global market. It has collaborated with major private companies on various projects, such as remote control of centrifuges, wireless control of lighting safety systems, control and monitoring of highway lighting, and more. Innoesys has also collaborated with academic institutions, such as the Agricultural University of Athens for the creation of wireless environmental sensors and the University of West Attica on wireless sensors for vital signs measurement of patients. In 2017, together with other companies, it submitted a proposal to the national-level action “RESEARCH-CREATE-INNOVATE” titled “Wearable device for gait analysis of Parkinson’s patients and data analysis platform for objective diagnosis and monitoring of disease progression” which was approved. Its products target a wide range of consumers, primarily individuals and companies interested in implementing or experimenting with new products. The purpose of Innoesys is the development and implementation of innovative ideas. What sets it apart from other startups is that it doesn’t target the market with just one product. Its goal is to implement and promote every pioneering idea.

INNOSOPHY operates in the field of information and communication technologies, as well as business development services. Specifically, the company’s services focus on three axes:

European & National Programs: Innosophy participates in the implementation of primarily research projects funded by the European Union (FP7, MED, URBACT, H2020) and national resources (ESPA), mainly in the areas of ICT, Health, Green & Sustainable Development, and Smart Cities. The research team is responsible for drafting and submitting project proposals, managing and implementing actions, both for services and products of interest to the company itself and on behalf of other entities as external experts.

Business Development & Innovation: Innosophy undertakes the drafting of business plans and proposals for funding from various sources (private funds, VCs, business angels, EU financing tools, etc.), primarily for startups but also for more “mature” companies in the stage of developing new products or services. Additionally, the company participates in the design and development of products/services, primarily in the field of Information Technology.

Standardization & certification: In recent years, expertise has been acquired in cybersecurity, supply chain, digital factory 2.0 applications, and certification systems. Specifically, project team members are certified lead auditors for ISO 27001, ISO 9001, and ISO 50001.

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