In 2008, Develco and GPV established collaboration on developing a new Engine Control Unit for Volvo Construction Equipment (V-ECU). Develco was responsible for development of electronics, while GPV was responsible for the mechanic integration and production.
Immense Technical Demands
Develco has great expertise within development of electronics for the automotive industry, but this was a special challenge due to the immense technical demands. The V-ECU is the central control unit in Volvo CE’s off-road Articulated Haulers and potentially in Wheel Loaders and Excavators etc., which in use are exposed to harsh environments, heavy vibrations, dirt, temperature fluctuations, damp etc. This implies huge requirements regarding electrical, as well as mechanical robustness.